Selling timber can be a complex process. While there is no single resource or publication that will make you an expert timber seller, asking key questions and knowing the appropriate answers will help tremendously.

Getting Started

To request a site visit and find out more about timber sales, contact your local GFC forester. We recommend that you engage the services of a consulting forester and a timber buyer/harvester when selling your timber. You’ll also want to use a Forest Products Sales Contract when conducting your timber sale.

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Such a contract will help everyone understand what is expected of all parties involved in the sale. All contracts should include the amount to be paid and how the payments will be disbursed, the type of sale, Best Management Practices (BMP) compliance, length of contract, damage penalties and harvest restrictions.

Things to Consider

When looking to sell your timber, make sure to consider the following:

  • volume of timber you have for sale
  • area of sale
  • age of timber for sale
  • tax implications of conducting a timber sale (state ad valorem, state income and federal income taxes)
  • type of harvest (should be based on landowner objectives)

Timber Prices

When calculating timber pricing, make sure to consider the following:

  • Timber prices may vary seasonally and by tract and timber characteristics.
  • Tract characteristics that drive value to pricing include the tract’s operability, topography and access.
  • Tracts that can be logged in wet conditions often demand a premium.
  • Tracts that are unusually difficult to log due to poor access or steep terrain often bring lower prices.
  • Tracts that have high quality sawtimber, high volume per acre, or are within close proximity to a wood-using facility often receive a premium. And to the extent that these characteristics are not present, the price may decrease.
  • Timber price information can be found through price reporting services like Forest2Market or Timber Mart-South.

Helpful Resources

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
Forest Product Sales Agreement (SAMPLE ONLY)This is an example of a contract agreement for the sale of timber or forest products. It is meant for informational purposes and is a SAMPLE ONLY. This document has no legal standing in the execution of a sale between parties.PDF
Forest Product Sales Contract for Lump Sum Sales SampleSample contract agreement for private landowners selling trees, timber or wood by lump sum.PDF
Forest Product Sales Contract for Per-unit Sales SampleSample contract agreement for private landowners selling trees, timber or wood by unit.PDF
Forest2MarketForest2Market is a global provider of timber pricing, cost benchmarks and in-depth analytics for participants in the wood raw materials supply chain. Our data-based solutions provide insight into complex business issues and support fact-based decision making and planning.External Website
Georgia State Board of Registration for ForestersThe Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia State Board of Registration for Foresters in 1951 for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare by regulating those who engage in the practice of professional forestry.External Website
Selling Your Timber (Webinar – .wmv file)Video
Selling Your Timber GuideA timber sale is a serious matter requiring careful preparation. Download guide for best practices on selling timber.PDF
Timber Buyers DirectoryThis list is made up of buyers/harvesters who have submitted information to GFC and is not meant as an endorsement of any individual or company. For a full list of Georgia Master Timber Harvesters (GAMTH), visit the GAMTH database.Page on GFC Website
Timber Harvest – Notice of Activity FormHouse Bill 199 amended Georgia Code 12-6-24 to enhance the Timber Harvest Notification Process. Among the many positive changes in this code was the need to update and revise the Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity Form. GFC urges landowners and timber buyers to check with local officials to determine if a Timber Harvest Notification form is required to harvest timber in each county where harvests are planned.PDF
TimberMart SouthTimber and timberland market data, with analysis on current and historic trends and events.External Website