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Do you Really Save Money When you Do It Yourself? Seldom...forestry in Wisconsin


It pays many times over to hire a Forester to manage your timber sale




  It really does pay big money to hire a forester




  I recently had a man call me and ask for some advice in selling his timber.




  A logger had approached him and offered him $5000 for a "selective thinning" of his forest, cutting everything with a 10 inch stump or larger, and he was concerned about how this would look.




foresters in Wisconsin  And he should have been concerned, because what this logger was proposing was not a selective thinning, but rather a severe high-grade, and nearly a clearcut.  This would have destroyed his forest, leaving only the very poorest quality stunted trees to regenerate his future forest.




  I walked through the forest and quickly determined that we could get the landowner far more money and only remove the poorest quality trees, leaving the best quality trees to regenerate where these poor quality trees were removed.




  We went on to remove 30 percent of the trees in his forest, taking care to maintain proper spacing and only remove poor quality trees along with trees that were at risk of dying in the next 10 years. This left him with a forest where you could hardly tell that anything had been removed.




  This allowed the existing trees to have a bit more growing room and allowed a few areas where enough sunlight could reach the forest floor and allow for future trees to take root (these came from the seeds of the superior trees that we left standing).

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  And after doing the opposite of what this logger did, and leaving this landowner with a significantly improved forest rather than a high graded ruined patch of brush land.  We gained this landowner $51000 for his timber, plus the added forest value, all at a cost of $3400 for our expenses.




Wisconsin forestsWhen dealing with your valuable assets, don’t skimp on the professionals whether it be a Realtor, Architect, Attorney, or a Forester.  


A good professional is always money well invested!





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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I never see the hiring of professional help, no matter for what purpose as an expense, but rather an investment. Good job with the post.

May 20, 2013 07:34 PM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Excellent advice for land owners. Best wishes for continued success.

May 20, 2013 08:39 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

The side by side comparisons are startling and should be a part of a mailer you may consider to prospective clients !

May 20, 2013 09:01 PM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Bob.... we have no privately owned forests here, only state forests, and what a great profession you're in.... I agree with Sally.... if people are calling the wrong people, let them know what an error that would be....

May 20, 2013 09:23 PM #4
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

BOb, another feature, huh?  You sure are getting those and well deserved....keep up the great work!

May 20, 2013 10:54 PM #5
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Seeing the Forrest through the trees is literally demonstrated here...Now all people need to do is smell the coffee...good post Bob

May 20, 2013 11:14 PM #6
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Bob:  You make and excellent case for hiring the right person for the job and getting it done professionally.  I am so glad that your customer was left with a quality forest, a profit and you - a happy supplier of services.  Congrats on the Feature.

May 21, 2013 12:28 AM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's fabulous Bob!  Obviously that guy was an amateur without experience or know how.  YOU da man!

That client has to be building you up all over town...

May 21, 2013 10:45 AM #8
Mike Young, covering California & most other states - Fairfield, CA
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807

Bob this is just unreal. I was watching this at several locations in NC when they were clearing land for developments and sold the timber but they were only getting about $7,000 per acre. I wonder if that was happening there too?

May 25, 2013 05:25 AM #9
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