This past week my son Nick who recently earned his Forestry degree conducted what we refer to as a Timber Trespass Appraisal.
A Timber Trespass Appraisal, is basically an appraisal of the remaining stumps after somebody trespasses on your land and cuts your trees.
After measuring and recording the condition of the stumps we then go out in the remaining forest and measure comparable trees that come close in species, size and condition to the remaining stumps. The comparable trees are measured and valued in an effort to place a value on the trees that were removed from our clients stumps.
Our clients neighbors decided to forgo the expertise of a Forester and a Surveyor when they clear-cut some timber this past winter and now they get to pay for both along with some of our clients trees for which they will be paying for at double or triple the value.
Wisconsin has strict laws against steeling your neighbors trees and by the time you get done paying for double or triple stumpage, expert witnesses like us, and attorneys, each of these trees will be very costly.
It is always a Great investment to hire a Forester BEFORE you harvest any timber.