Timber Investment | Harvesting the Timber
- OLDER TREES HAVE MORE VALUE AND VOLUME THAN YOUNGER TREES
- TIMBER HARVESTING CAN BE DONE MANUALLY OR WITH HARVESTER
- PROCESSING CAN BE DONE ON SITE OR IN SAWMILL
- PROCESSED TIMBER YIELDS MORE THAN LOGS
In order to make plantation forestry a profitable timber investment, the trees need to grow to a certain size before they can be harvested.
- A 10-year-old tree will be more valuable than a 5-year-old tree.
- It has a greater timber volume and a higher density.
- Processing more mature timber creates less waste; therefore there is more useable and valuable timber.
- Our clients are free to harvest their trees whenever they wish, but the longer the rotation, the higher the return on investment will be.
- After consulting with the investor, the chosen management company can advise when the trees should be harvested.
Timber Investments | Harvesting & Processing
Depending on plot size and number of trees, harvesting can be done manually with a chainsaw or with a harvester machine. Harvesting manually will be more cost effective when dealing with smaller plots, whereas larger plots will be harvested using a harvester machine.
- Harvesting manually currently costs about € 20/hour.
- Harvester machine costs € 9/m3 or € 270/hour (incl. de-branching and forwarding the timber).
- After the trees have been felled, they are de-branched and sawn into manageable pieces, which are then piled up on the edge of the plot.
- The harvested timber can be insured against theft at all stages up to the
point of sale to an end user.
- The harvested timber can then be transported to a local sawmill or a mobile sawmill can saw the timber on site.
- The cost of sawing the logs into useable boards or poles is currently € 54/m3.
- The finished timber products will then be transported to a local warehouse.
- The timber is sold wholesale to timber merchants.