Buyer Beware! Forest Management No-No’s
Forest management means a lot of different things to a lot of different companies. That's why it's important to determine exactly what you're looking for out of forestry services before reaching out to companies for bids, estimates or appraisals. For some landowners, the removal of a few dead trees is good enough-- and for others, selling a certain tree species for profit is more along the lines of what they're looking for. When it comes to timber, Green Ridge Forest Products has been Pennsylvania's experts for generations. As the state's leaders in sustainable harvesting practices, we know more than a thing or two about best management practices in the timber industry. We're committed to sustainable forest management, and we've set the bar for other companies for quite some time. Of course, as with any industry, there are always a few organizations looking to get one over on unsuspecting people. If you're a landowner that is considering a forestry management service to help with your land, there's a few red flags to be aware of!
The company's track record
All forestry management companies are not created equally, and in Pennsylvania, where there are so many different companies to choose from, it's important to remember that. Be wary of companies that seem to have a lot of glitzy offers, bid incredibly high on your land, or even offer a bunch of free additions for no apparent reason. While it's not the case all the time, sometimes these sorts of companies are attempting to hide the fact that what they say is probably not what they'll do. These companies may have few reviews, may not appear to proper forest management guidelines, or may just not be very good at timber management. It takes a seasoned, experienced forester to get you both the value you want for your timber and assist with the natural regeneration of the trees on your land in a timely, efficient manner. That process is one that can't be rushed and requires patience and due diligence. If the company you're interested in working with can't give you hard facts about its stance on timber sustainability, can't refer you to other clients that it's worked with in the past, or is wary about sharing its reviews, we recommend staying far, far away.
The company's professionalism
When it comes to sustainable forestry, we didn't necessarily write the book, but we did take notes. Lots and lots of them. Just like in any other field, the best forest management practices are learned by doing. When we work with our clients, we don't come in with a one-size fits all solution. We listen, take notes, and communicate. Our focus is to help our clients accomplish their goals for their timber, not come in, hack away, and leave. When you're looking for a company to assist with your forestland, consider professionalism. Does the team answer calls, or return them quickly? Do they have a set strategy that they employ with all landowners, or are they serious about listening to what it is that you want and providing that to the best of their ability? Do they practice what they preach when it comes to forest conservation? If so, and you've checked all of your personal boxes regarding things like bid price, time of completion, and tools used, then go for them. They are probably a sound company that can get the job done right. But if even one of these questions leaves you wondering, your best bet is to opt for a company, like us, that won't. The timber industry is not easy to navigate, and land management can be even more difficult if you don't have the right team on your side.
The company's commitment to your needs
It's important to remember that the purpose of a timber management company is not simply to make you a quick buck. This company should partner with you for the long run to keep your land healthy, keep your trees nourished, and cultivate your soil and other plants so they thrive for years to come. Be wary of companies that are more eager to get the job done than they are to listen to you. Don't mistake the eagerness for gusto, particularly if you feel like your needs aren't being met. This type of company could very well care less about sustainable forests or natural resource management, and that could cost you big in the end. Consider whether or not the forest management company you're interested in is truly looking to cater to your needs, or if you're just another number to them. The success and health of your land will depend on your decision for years to come.
If you want to bypass the uncertainty that often comes with forestry management services, the team here at Green Ridge Forest Products can help. With decades of experience helping landowners get top prices for their timber and maintain their land for years to come, we have the tools and resources to make your timber management experience a breeze. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!