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Why You Should Sell Your Timberland, Standing Timber, and Logs to Gutchess Lumber

Do you own timberland, timber, or logs that you’re looking to sell? If so, you may be wondering whether it’s better to sell the land itself, the standing timber, or just some of the logs. The answer depends on a number of factors, including the type of timberland you have, your financial goals, and the current market conditions. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three different options for selling timberland, timber, and logs and help you decide which one is right for you.

Selling Timberland

If you own timberland that you’re looking to sell, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to understand that selling timberland is not the same as selling other types of property. When you sell timberland, you’re not just selling the land itself; you’re also selling the trees on the land. That’s why it’s important to consult with a forestry expert before putting your timberland on the market. They can help you determine the value of your timberland and advise you on the best way to sell it.

Selling Standing Timber

If you own timberland but don’t want to go through the hassle of selling it, another option is to sell the standing timber on your land. This means that you would sell the trees but not the land itself. One advantage of this approach is that it’s usually quicker than selling timberland since there’s no need to find a buyer for the land itself.

Another advantage is that it allows you to continue owning and using your land while also earning income from it. However, there are some disadvantages to this approach as well. First, if you sell your standing timber without also selling your land, you may be subject to higher taxes on the sale since it will be considered income rather than capital gains.

Selling Hardwood Logs

The third option for selling your timberland is logging—or more specifically, selective logging. This involves allowing a logging company onto your property to harvest some of the trees while leaving others behind. The advantages of this approach are similar to those of selling standing timber: it’s usually quicker than selling all of your timberland and allows you to continue using and enjoying your property while also earning income from it. The downside is finding a logging company to make sure the job is done right.

So should you sell your timberland, standing timber, or logs? An advantage of all three options is that they can actually improve the long-term health of the forest by thinning out overcrowded trees and promoting new growth. This is commonly referred to as natural forest regeneration, a practice our forestry team leverages through the programs they build with individual landowners across the northeast. By selling, you would be contributing to the health of the environment while also earning income. At Gutchess Lumber, we offer professional forest management programs that maximize your long-term returns if you are on the market to sell your timberland, timber, or logs. Click here to get in touch with a forester to learn more today.

Tour at Gutchess Lumber Latrobe location

The Power of Biomass Heating at Gutchess Lumber’s Latrobe, Pennsylvania Location

At Gutchess Lumber, we know a thing or two about wood. After all, we’ve been in the hardwood lumber business for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve learned a few things about what it takes to produce high-quality lumber. One of the most important aspects of our operation at our Latrobe, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility is our biomass heating system.

Our renewable heating method uses plant-based material, specifically wood chips, to create heat in our kilns. At Gutchess Lumber, we strive to use every part of the tree to ensure none goes to waste. This system has numerous benefits and puts wood chips and dust to use. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of our biomass heating operation.

The Gutchess Lumber Biomass Heating System

Gutchess Lumber uses biomass combustion to heat kilns that dry various hardwood products. The system consists of a biomass boiler that burns wood chips to generate steam. The Latrobe biomass boilers consume about 30 tons of wood chips per day to produce about 215,000 pounds of steam. The wood chips used in the system are by-products of our manufacturing process.

The Benefits of Biomass Heating

There are numerous advantages to using biomass combustion to heat hardwood kilns. First and foremost, it’s a renewable heating source that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels. It is arguably the more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. This means that it’s an environmentally-friendly option that also helps to reduce our carbon footprint, as it is believed to result in lower CO2 emissions.

Penn State Extension in Westmoreland County visited Gutchess Lumber’s Latrobe location to see and learn about our biomass heating operation. In the group touring was Gary Musgrave who was studying market and pricing barriers in the biofuel industry at the time. He also wrote a follow-up article in the Penn State Extension News.

“The tour proved to be an eye-opening example of how renewable biomass can provide cost-effective heat for industrial applications,” Gary said.

At Gutchess Lumber, we’re proud to be at the forefront of responsible hardwood lumber production. Our biomass heating system is just one example of how we’re working to reduce our environmental impact and create a product that our customers can feel good about. If you’re thinking about switching to a responsible hardwood lumber manufacturer, we encourage you to contact a sales representative today to learn more about how we can help you make the transition.

FSC Certificate

Gutchess Lumber is proud to offer lumber products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Forest Stewardship Council Certificate

Wood is Good

For over a century Gutchess Lumber has adhered to sustainable forestry practices. Today there are more hardwood forests in New York and Pennsylvania then before our start in 1904. Wood is renewable and nature’s most environmentally friendly raw material.

This excellent video by The Danish Wood Initiative highlights the many ways that Wood is Good!

NHLA Grading Rules

NHLA Grading Rules

The NHLA grades are based on the percentage of clear-defect free wood on a board. The measurements of this percentage are referred to as clear-cuttings. Other than the FAS grades, the grade of the board is determined from the percentage of these clear cuttings and do not consider defects outside of the clear areas.

Learn more about NHLA Grading with this downloadable resource.