Corning NY Forestry Services

Need to sell your timber? Have questions about forest management? We provide a wide variety of forestry consultation services throughout the Finger Lakes Region. Call 607-936-2482.

Before you log your property call Craig Brown, Consulting Forester at Woodland Investment Services today!

Bid Process & Results

Selling your timber through the bid process is the best way to ensure that you receive the highest possible price for your timber.  Due to today’s world wide timber markets, it is no longer the case that the sawmill closest to your woodlot will necessarily be able to pay you the most for your timber.  It is not uncommon for the successful bidder to be more than 100 miles away from a woodlot.  A highly competitive marketplace has forced individual sawmills to develop niche markets for the products that they produce, therefore it is important that we find the right buyer for your timber. 

When I supply a Bid Notice outlining all of the job requirements, timber buyers can be assured that the process will be fair, honest and that they are competing with other buyers under the same set of circumstances.  In addition, the landowner can be sure that they are comparing “apples to apples” upon reviewing the bids. 

Previous Timber Sale Results:

The following is a list of some previous timber sale results.  As you can see, the price range is often significant.  This is primarily due to the different markets available to each bidder, and further illustrates why it is important to place your timber on the open market.

SALE #1: 20 ACRES
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY

Company A    $38,855.00
Company B    $32,748.00
Company C    $31,308.00
Company D    $29,100.00
Company E    $20,325.00

SALE #2: 40 ACRES
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY

Company A    $47,466.66
Company B    $40,455.00
Company C    $24,050.00
Company D    $23,000.00
Company E    $17,655.00

SALE #3: 25 ACRES
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY

Company A    $13,400.00
Company B    $13,310.00
Company C    $12,357.00
Company D    $9,000.00

SALE #4: 30 ACRES
SCHUYLER COUNTY, NY

Company A    $17,269.00
Company B    $17,100.00
Company C    $16,200.00
Company D    $15,750.00
Company E    $13,540.00

SALE #5: 20 ACRES
ONEIDA COUNTY, NY

Company A    $21,660.00
Company B    $18,634.00
Company C    $16,790.00
Company D    $15,345.00
Company E    $14,600.00

SALE #6: 70 ACRES
MADISON COUNTY, NY

Company A    $95,114.00
Company B    $91,900.00
Company C    $68,258.00
Company D    $67,792.00
Company E    $66,760.00
Company F    $61,450.00
Company G    $47,914.00

SALE #7: 100 ACRES
CORTLAND COUNTY, NY

Company A    $135,970.00
Company B    $125,100.00
Company C    $110,525.00
Company D    $105,414.00
Company E    $85,657.00
Company F    $69,457.00

 

Protecting the Landowner

As your representative, there are a number of steps that I take to help protect you, the landowner.

Timber Sale Agreement

Bid Notice Preparation

 The Bid Notice outlines all of the job requirements and exactly what is for sale.  It is very important to know exactly how many trees will be harvested from your property.  In most cases the more trees harvested, the more money a landowner should receive.  You should never sell your timber on a diameter limit contract.  Diameter limits are very subjective and it is easy to take advantage of a landowner under these circumstances.

Timber Sale Agreement

I will provide you with a Timber Sale Agreement that was designed to protect the landowner.  Often, contracts provided by the purchaser are more favorable to the purchaser than the landowner.

Insurance Requirements

I require that the purchaser provides certificates proving that they are insured and that their coverage limits are sufficient.  There are some contractors who operate with insufficient coverage, or without insurance altogether.

Performance Bond

I require that the purchaser supplies a performance bond before any work begins on your property.  This bond will be returned to the purchaser once the terms of the Timber Sale Agreement have been met.

Job Inspections

I will conduct periodic, random job inspections during the harvest to ensure that the contractor is following the terms of the Timber Sale Agreement.

American Woodcock
Whitetail Deer

Wildlife & Recreation

A timber harvest often improves the wildlife habitat on a piece of property.  Harvesting timber allows sunlight to penetrate down to the forest floor, which causes seeds of all kinds to sprout and begin growing.  This new growth provides an important food source for all types of wildlife including deer, turkeys, bears, squirrels, and a wide variety of birds.

The trail systems that are created during a timber harvest improve the landowner’s access throughout the property.  These trails can be used for all kinds of recreational activities including hiking, biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, four-wheeling, and hunting.

Services

  • Timber Sales & Administration
  • Forest Inventory & Appraisal
  • Boundary Line Maintenance
  • Forest Management Plans
  • Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Service Areas Include: Campbell, Corning, Elmira, Hornell, Horseheads, Watkinsglen, Finger Lakes Region and Southern Tier Region

Counties Include: Steuben County, Chemung County and Allegany County