A Consumer's Guide to Consulting Foresters

Professional foresters can provide landowners with management assistance that will increase the value and productivity of their forested acreage. More than 60 percent of North Carolina is forested, but much of this valuable resource is poorly managed or not managed at all. Many forest landowners are not aware of the benefits that can be derived from a properly managed forest—extra money from the sale of timber products, improved wildlife habitat, aesthetics, recreation, and pride in ownership. Consulting foresters are one of several sources of assistance for landowners who are interested in managing their woodlands.

First… See a Forester

More than 60 percent of North Carolina is forested, but much of this valuable resource is not actively managed. Properly managed forests can generate extra money from the sale of timber products; improve wildlife habitat, aesthetics, recreation, and water quality; and increase land value. By seeking the assistance of a professional forester, you can maximize the return on your forestlands.

Hiring a Consulting Forester

An independent consulting forester (consultant) is a trained professional forester that operates or works for a private business. The typical independent consultant is self-employed or works for a small company employing 1 to 3 other consultants and/or forestry technicians.

Selling Your Timber? Don’t Make an Uninformed Decision!

It is risky to sell timber without having a good idea of its value and the current market conditions. Do what the pros do—sell your timber using a registered forester! Selling timber is like trading stocks and bonds. Seek sound professional advice and assistance to know when and how to sell.