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Heineken wrote:LateStarter, loggers don't get very interested in trees less than 12 inches in diameter, which is about the minimum "lumber" size. Less than that is pulpwood, which brings a much lower price. The best trees are large, straight, and fairly clear of branches up to at least 10 feet and preferably much higher. Species is also extremely important in determining value, obviously.
If you manage your woodland properly over a long period (e.g., by harvesting the inferior trees for firewood), you can end up with a large population of trees with the desirable characteristics. Tree density (what they call "stocking") is real important. The ideal spacing is close enough together to discourage lateral limb growth (and encourage height and straightness) but far enough apart to allow trunk and crown growth. It's a balancing act.
Heineken wrote:LateStarter, if you are going to sell your trees as pulp, there's probably no need to spend time trimming them.
I guess you know how awful your land will look, and how damaged it will be, after they clearcut it. The only logging I'd ever consider allowing on my land is selective cutting, where they remove just a scattering of good, big trees (and leave other good, big trees). Even then, they do plenty of damage with that heavy equipment.
Clearcutting can make sense if you have an inferior stand. Then you can start over again, the right way.
Maybe you could remove every other tree for pulp, and leave the remainder to grow into timber? A "commercial thinning." (It might or might not be feasible. And be warned: the machinery will run into some of the trees you're keeping, scarring them badly.)
There are lots of options, and you might want to consult a forester, who will come up with a management plan.
How much land is involved?
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