How to sell my trees?

Sell My Trees

Without a doubt ‘how to sell my trees?’, ‘how much are my trees worth?’ and ‘what is the best way to sell my trees?’ are the most popular questions we get asked.

As landowners in Australia, many will be the owners of private native forests. Perhaps you have had your forest harvested for timber before, or perhaps it is the first time, either way, markets, rates, and processes will have changed. Timber harvesting is only something undertaken once every 20 years or so (depending on your forest type and condition).

This blog [Sell My Trees] provides everything you need to know with regard to selling your trees in NSW. If you are interested and are from other areas on the East Coast please get in touch as we still may be able to assist.

So, how much are my trees worth?

The value of your trees is mostly determined by species, size, quality, and location. Some species grow more consistently healthy and will recover a higher percentage of quality sawn timber. Additionally larger trees can produce larger end sections (sizes) – which are worth more per cubic metre.

There has been a drastic shortage of Australian Native timber over the past decade, especially within the last five years where there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of new homes being constructed and a decrease in available timber due to bushfires and flooding. This has seen the market value for timber continue to grow.

How to sell my trees?
How to sell my trees?

Coastal Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Iron Bark, Tallowwood, White Mahogany, Grey Gum and Grey Box are in particularly high demand. Blackbutt and Spotted Gum are fire retardant species and are highly sought after for home constructions in areas of bushfire risk.

All of our sustainable harvesting operations typically yield between $2,000 and $5,000 (and in some cases upward of $10,000) royalty per hectare harvested.

Our strong established relationships as the market leader, enable us to ensure the best rates for your timber.

How to sell my trees in 3 simple steps.

Selling your trees in Australia is a three-stage process, and we are involved every step of the way.

  1. Find a Prospective Buyer.
  2. Obtain a Written Assessment and Valuation.
  3. Complete a Timber Harvest Agreement.

Finding a Buyer for my Trees.

In NSW this will be either a private native forest management company or sole contractor. An in-person inspection and assessment are recommended to obtain a timber valuation. Keep in mind that you want to achieve the maximum returns for timber whilst balancing the long-term value of your asset by protecting the future of your forest.

Usually, in selling your trees there are no costs incurred by the seller. The purchaser covers all costs of the harvesting operation, including transport to the sawmill. You in return will be paid a royalty fee per cubic meter for your timber.

Sustainable Forest Management is the industry leader with over 60 years of experience. We provide free on-site forest assessments to determine suitability for sustainable harvesting including a free timber valuation. Plus free personalised advice on the long-term sustainable management of your private native forest.

There is no obligation to commit to timber harvesting, we will only recommend this where it is the best long-term solution for your forest.

Receive a Written Assessment & Valuation.

The second stage is to receive a written assessment report and the estimated valuation of your timber. The value of your timber will depend on the species; size; quality; location; and current market rates. Keep in mind that different forest management companies use differing levels of harvesting and this will impact the amount of saleable timber you have as a result.

How much are my trees worth?
How much are my trees worth?

At Sustainable Forest Management we only harvest timber where it is sustainable to do so, with minimal impact to the natural habitat and protection of your forest for future growth. Our approach ensures more of the tree is harvested than that of our competitors, therefore minimising wastage and maximising returns. Our solid and long-standing partnerships within the industry ensure maximum royalties for your timber.

Complete a Timber Harvest Agreement.

The next stage is to receive a timber harvest agreement which outlines the royalties you will receive for each cubic meter of timber by type from Girders and Poles through Sawlog and Firewood. The agreement will also define the payment terms and grants authorisation for the purchaser to apply for the relevant Private Native Forest Plans (Logging Approvals).

Once the agreement has been signed by both parties it is then up to the purchaser to help prepare the Private Native Forest Plan and accompanying Forest Operations Plan. You should be informed of any compliance reporting you may be required to do. A prudent forest owner will, however, still regularly visit the harvesting operation and keep an eye on how operations are going.

To view the full timber harvesting process and what happens next see Our Process page [Sell My Trees].

Get in touch today for a no obligations assessment of your private native forest.


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