bobndwoods at aol.com
Sun Jan 4 20:30:46 EST 1998
In article <19980104045800.XAA05787 at ladder02.news.aol.com>, forestfair at aol.com
>Most people using a consultant will get *at least* twice as much as they will
>from the logger knocking at the door or working down the road, and often
>several times more. Landowners here are not usually approached directly by
>industrial foresters or timber buyers.
>Most likely there will also be fewer trees cut, leaving good trees to grow
>for future harvests, and less damage to the site. But consultants here get
>15%, and I think someone said that 10% is common in the south?
You are absolutely right. 20% is a conservative estimate based on an average
of sales I have tracked over the years, including bid sales. I have seen
people all but give their timber away on a smile and a handshake. I am just
like anyone else, I don't want to pay more for something than I have to. But,
I don't steal peoples property when they are ignorant. If a landowner wants to
sell to me without a consultant, I'll pay a fair price. Maybe not my best
price but a fair one and they get paid for ALL the wood. I will also tell them
the silviculturally best thing to do, but then I cut what they say. Sometimes
they listen. Sometimes they don't.
10% is the standard on sales commissions for southern consultants. 5-15% is
Alabama Registered Forester
~~~> The forest may be quiet, but that doesn't mean all the snakes have left.
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