Posted 10-11-2002 at 16:28:02
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Walnut is a strong market right now. I know that we can't get enough Walnut lumber through our system to meet demands. We are about an hour south of you, and also have timber buyers.
I recommend that you contact a state forester or a consulting forester to look at your stand, assuming you have several trees, and help you. Don't take the first offer, no matter who it is, it will be way too low. You may also have some veneer or burl logs, which bring a premium. Once your trees are selected and marked, then the foresters can help you get in touch with the buyers, as well as help you receive more money for your logs.
To find a state forester, it's usually easiest through your county extension office. I have recommended this to several friends in this area, and all have received more from their timber using a consulting forester, even when the consultant's fee is considered. Most of the increases have been rather substantial.