Cutting at Financial Maturity: Maximizing the Economic Return of Your Woodland

— Written By Kristin Wing

Determining the optimal time to harvest your timber can be difficult for many, as this decision will influence the future growth, composition, and condition of the next stand of trees, which in turn all affect your bottom line. To help with this process, we have developed a wonderful resource for landowners, “Cutting at Financial Maturity: Maximizing the economic return of your woodland” for a breakdown on how to get the most out of your timber.

In this booklet, you will find information regarding things such as the volume and value growth of trees, and it provides a simple method for estimating the financial maturity of a stand of trees. Included with this resource is a worksheet for calculating value growth of trees to help get you started. Remember, percent growth is only one of many techniques when it comes to determining the best economic harvest time. It is important to have a comprehensive management plan and a sound marketing strategy, so be sure to seek out professional advice and assistance when necessary.

Check out this publication and more from NC State Extension Forestry on our Publications page. Reach out to Dr. Robert Bardon if you have any comments or questions regarding this booklet.

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