“I must take this opportunity to commend Gutchess Lumber Company on the quality people you have on staff. This is the third sale I’ve had completed with your company and each one gets better- the crew did a superb job every step of the way. Kyle personally did the remediation work and I must say is a magician with a dozer. He made the four parties involved very pleased and happy. That makes me happy.  Again a tip of the hat to the job well done from a company that I would expect no less from. I hope we may continue doing business in the future.  Working with people like you have at Gutchess makes my job quite enjoyable.”

Logging and Forestry Services

logsOur philosophy is that “it all begins in the woods” which is why we employ over 20 qualified foresters on our staff whose collective experience is greater than 250 years. These experienced professionals manage our company’s timberlands and assist other forest landowners in maximizing their long term returns through professional forest management. We understand how to protect forest health, encourage growth, and enhance future value through sustainable selective harvesting. We know that land is more than just the trees, the timber is part of a larger ecosystem that includes the wildlife, clean water, and fresh air which is why they deserve professional care Gutchess Lumber can provide. Satisfied landowner customers are our best source of referrals…read more.

Our services include the following.

  • Timber Purchasing
    We buy standing timber consistent with landowner’s needs and desires and offer competitive pricing with upfront payment before harvesting.
  • Timberland Acquisition
    We purchase forest lands which we manage with our licensed foresters.
  • Log Purchasing
    We purchase high quality logs year round for all the species we offer as kiln dried lumber. We offer competitive pricing, prompt payment, and provide a log tally summary report.
  • Log Sales
    Gutchess Lumber has logs for sale.  We sell a variety of species of logs that we do not saw in our mills or otherwise do not fit our manufacturing process. We also sell surplus log inventories for log purchasing.
  • Consulting Services
    Our foresters are available for consulting services in the following timber related areas: wildlife enhancement; timber and forest lands appraisals; and general boundary line services.
  • Recreational Leases
    We offer recreational leasing opportunities throughout rural New York and Pennsylvania on timberlands that we own. All leases are renewable licenses and run from September 1st through August 31st of the following year. Cost is determined on a per acre basis with payment due at signing. Existing lessees have priority lease renewal for the following year. Land is not available for commercial use. Camping is allowed and insurance will be provided for your hunt club.

Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing Timber

  • Why should I sell my timber directly to a mill and not to a logger or a forestry consultant?
    Selling timber directly to a reputable mill with qualified foresters will cut out the middle man or fees that a logger/consultant can charge. When dealing direct, you are our priority. When we receive invitations for pricing from loggers and consultants, we have many options across a wide geographic area, and may or may not give prices.
  • How do you determine the value of my woods?
    We have qualified foresters “cruise” or calculate the volume of timber by species and grade, using US Forest Service Tables and then determine a value based on our global lumber markets.
  • When and how do I get paid when my timber is purchased?
    Gutchess can pay 100% up front after a contract has been signed, we can also split payments over a time period for tax purposes. Payment can be in the form of a check or ACH.
  • What will the woods look like when the logging is finished?
    Logging is by nature a harvest of trees from your woodlot. The woods will be opened to allow sunlight on to your forest floor for new growth. Tops will typically be left in the woods. There will be ground disturbance that the logger will smooth during the logging or when ground conditions allow.
  • Is there a fee to have you come out and look at my timber?
    There is no initial consultation fee for a forester to walk your woodlot and give you feedback.

Purchasing Logs

  • How do you determine how much my logs are worth?
    Logs are scaled and graded and the information entered into a hand-held computer with current log prices to determine the price of your logs.
  • When and how do I get paid when my logs are purchased?
    Gutchess can pay 100% up front after a contract has been signed, we can also split payments over a time period for tax purposes. Payment can be in the form of a check or ACH.
  • How do I know what the best lengths to cut my logs?
    It is best to call a Gutchess log buyer to help determine where to buck your logs to maximize the value for grade saw-logs and potential veneer.
  • How soon will my logs get trucked or do I need to line up the trucking?
    Gutchess has over 10 company owned trucks and works with numerous trucking contractors and can line up trucking in most cases within a day or two.