Comprehensive Website Gives Step-by-Step Instructions for a Successful Timber Sale


Picture of forester measuring a tree

The forester pictured above is measuring a tree at breast height, the measurement used by most loggers. However, some loggers measure trees at the ground level. This determination and many others are important steps in the timber selling process. Consult these resources developed by UTIA expert Wayne Clatterbuck before selling. ​Image courtesy UTIA. 

​For private landowners, selling timber is a once or twice in a lifetime event that can be stressful and intimidating. University of Tennessee Extension expert and forestry professor Wayne Clatterbuck, along with his forestry students, has created and launched a comprehensive website to help landowners navigate this process.

The website, which can be found at ​​tiny.utk.edu/timbersales​, gives the step-by-step process of conducting a successful and efficient timber sale. Because an individual landowner will probably only sell timber once or twice, it is important to protect the asset and maximize profits.

“Ultimately, the forest owner has the responsibility for their property. Owners should understand the timber sale process when designating their sale priorities, hire professionals and Master Loggers to oversee and conduct the sale, and determine what condition the property will be in to regenerate the next stand after the harvest. It’s important to ensure that your property remains sustainable and renewable by practicing informed, wise stewardship.” says Clatterbuck.

The website contains practical information on the eight steps in conducting a timber sale as well as videos and suggestions for further research.

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Contact: Kristy Keel-Blackmon, Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, 865-974-8342, kristyak@utk.edu​