Land and Timber Purchasing & Management

Land and Timber Purchasing & Management

Good Hope, Inc. covers all bases when it comes to land and timber management and purchasing. We operate in five states, falling and transporting about 3 million tons of timber annually.

Whether you’re in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas, we will use our 100 years of combined experience to economically manage your assets. We also pay top dollar for your land and standing timber.

What is Land & Timber Management?

Using a land and timber management service is a great way to keep your property healthy and looking great!

Land Management

While land management generally requires timber management, it primarily involves developing a plan for the land. One example of how Good Hope, Inc. practices land management is through our development harvesting service. We fall and remove timber from land plots so it can be developed for a variety of purposes.

Depending on what the land is going to be used for, some trees may be left for aesthetic purposes. We only take what is necessary to ensure the natural environment can continue to thrive.

Timber Management

Land and timber management are closely related to one another. Timber management is essential for a healthy forest as it allows for more biodiversity to be created and helps mitigate the overcrowding of trees.

In the simplest form, proper timber management creates a clear plan for which trees to cut, what they will be used for, and what trees should replace them.

How Does Land & Timber Management Work?

Our land and timber management services handle all of the logistics while you sit back and make important decisions. We only hire and work with highly experienced foresters who are able to make the best suggestions for your land and timber, providing guidance as needed.

Even though our team handles the coordination of whatever job needs to get done, there’s still a process to our land and timber management services. Here’s how it works.

Asset Evaluation

It’s no secret that different regions have specific types of timber that serve different purposes. Because of our vast service area, we can target particular places depending on the timber in demand.

The process begins with our team making a trip out to your property so we can get an idea of what can be done with the land, the timber, or both. Soil composition, timber specifics, and topography are all key factors in determining the value of land and timber.

Soil Composition

Soil composition is often something not many landowners consider, but it can affect the value of the timber and the land. An optimal soil composition promotes healthy timber growth for the current trees, as well as the ones that get planted to replace them.

Timber evaluation includes analyzing the trunk diameter, trees per acre, species of trees in a given area, and what the timber will be used for.

Trunk Diameter

Not just any standing timber should be harvested. We recommend only cutting trees at least 16-22 inches depending on the tree species and what it’s planned to be used for. This generally leads to a higher profit and allows smaller trees to continue growing.

Trees Per Acre

More trees per acre will allow more timber to be harvested while still leaving enough to maintain a healthy ecosystem on the property. Or, if you’re just looking to sell standing timber, it means more profit. Additionally, their proximity enables quicker loading and transportation.

Tree Species

Tree species play an immense role in overall value because various types of timber are cut and processed for different end uses. The end-use is a determining factor in how much money can be made off a specific harvest because each has a different level of demand and processing cost.

Topography

Topography is one of the key contributors to land value because some terrains are more suitable for development than others. For example, it would be expensive to engineer a school or sub-division on steep hills, so the land wouldn’t sell for much.

Planning

As the landowner, you must express what you wish to do with the land or timber after harvest. It’s crucial to give us a detailed explanation so we cut down the appropriate timber to achieve your end goal.

We can plan to cut for things like development, trails, hunting, a better view, and much more. If land use isn’t your main goal of harvesting, we can make a plan of what to do with your timber to ensure the most profit for you.

Harvesting/Processing

Once a plan is solidified, we will begin to harvest the specific timber that was determined during the planning stage. It will then be sent off and processed to your specifications.

We have connections to most of the lumber mills and lumber yards in the areas we service, so we can get your timber turned into lumber, pulp to make paper, or wood chips, which we can also do onsite with our in-woods chipping service.

Since we operate with sustainability as one of our primary goals, we help develop a clear plan on which trees are appropriate to plant in place of the ones we fall. When targeting an area for a certain species, only specific trees should be cut to promote healthy regrowth by appropriately thinning the timber.

Planting

Depending on the intended purpose of your land, trees may need to be planted in certain areas to give you the ideal coverage for aesthetic or environmental purposes.

Besides increasing the aesthetics, planting specific trees also can create more biodiversity to promote a healthier ecosystem. Variables such as existing wildlife in the area and what trees are currently present play a major role in choosing the tree species that get planted.

Why Use a Timber Management Service?

The main reason for using a timber management service is to efficiently cut and transport timber to a sawmill or lumberyard for processing or storage.

Our expert foresters can fully handle this process at a very large scale to save you time, and even make you money. With an annual capacity of around three million tons, we’re a high-volume producer of sawtimber and pulpwood for most mills within the regions we service. This gives us the connections needed to operate as efficiently as possible.

  • Saves You Time – Our combined 200+ years of experience gets your timber cut and transported quickly, freeing up time for you to focus on your day-to-day tasks, and allows you to start using the land promptly.

  • Saves You Money – Because we have all of the necessary equipment and can work on large scale projects at an efficient pace, you can save money compared to having your timber harvested over several months.

    If you plan to use this timber for building a house, for example, you’re able to use our woodyard storage service to store it until you’re ready, so you don’t have to pay outrageous lumber prices from a retailer.

  • Increases Your Profit – We will make valuable recommendations on what to do with the cut timber and help you get it processed. This helps you maximize profits from the harvest.

    Again, our woodyard storage service comes in handy here because you can store the timber until prices reach the desired number.

Land & Timber Purchasing

Besides managing land and timber, we are certified buyers of both. If you don’t have plans for the land or timber, or just don’t want to deal with land maintenance or selling the processed timber, we will buy it from you for top dollar.

As the current owner, you have many options for selling your land and timber. For instance, we can buy the land and the timber it contains or we can just buy the timber.

Sustainable Land & Timber Management Services

If you’re looking for sustainable land and timber management services, look no further than Good Hope, Inc. We’re a buyer of all standing timber and forest products and can help you develop the perfect plan for your land.

Give us a call at 601-442-9888 or contact a forester in your area to learn how to get started!

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