We offer a different approach to what has been the standard structure of Pacific Norwest logging companies. Washington Logging Inc assembles detailed timber sale packages on behalf of landowners in Washington State and serves as the owners’ fiduciary and representative throughout the entire timber harvest process. Through a structured bid process we provide unparalleled exposure to your timber sale in which the most talented individual owner operators in Washington State bid your project.
Timber Sale Portfolio
Once we understand your goals, we’ll build a comprehensive timber sale portfolio which identifies total specie volumes, site conditions, constraints, and the most profitable harvest plan specific to the timber on your parcel. Our timber sale portfolios include a level of video and still imagery that when coupled with our highly detailed inventory report and narrative provide individual owner with a level of knowledge that’s vastly superior to any other timber sale offerings using current industry practices.
Your timber sale portfolio is then uploaded to our online bid system which individual owner operators use to bid your project using a very structured format. This allows our clients to receive and actually compare quotes resulting from our structured bid criteria. Another significant advantage is that you receive quotes from a much larger pool of highly qualified owner operators than any other timber sale system/model currently available.
Timber Management Plans
A Timber Management Plan is prepared by a forester or a person with adequate knowledge of timber management practices and is an essential tool for proper forestland stewardship. Your Timber Management Plan will include the following elements:
Log theft is a tremendous problem in the logging industry. Using current load tracking systems, the landowner must simply trust that the logging contractor is properly allocating each harvest load of material to their job. Logging companies use load tickets and mill reports to reconcile and account for each load. The load tickets are either 3 or 4 part tickets documenting weight, type, and the mill it’s taken to. Copies of each ticket are given to the landowner, sawmill, forester, and a copy is retained by the logging company. Once all loads have been hauled, the landowner can obtain a copy of the mill report from each mill your logs are taken to.
This terribly flawed accounting system requires the landowner to simply trust their logging contractor to properly account for and pay the landowner for each and every load. Unfortunately, this practice allows opportunity for logging contractors to take loads of logs to mills that an unsuspecting landowner is unaware of and put the entire value of those loads in their pocket rather than pay the landowner their contractual percentage for those particular loads.
GPS enabled tracking devices placed on each log truck hauling your processed timber provide a superior level of load reconciliation.
GPS tracking and exit point load monitoring is the only way to ensure that you’ve been paid for all of your harvested material. Placing motion sensor cameras at the point of ingress/egress that capture photos of each loaded log truck as it leaves your property. GPS enabled tracking devises placed on each truck records that vehicles movements in real time. Once the harvest is complete and all loads have gone out, we assemble, package, and format the data in an excel file that makes load reconciliation easy and accurate. All recorded route information is saved for a 60 day period allowing for easy identification of missing load information.
Having Washington Logging Inc as a trusted representative monitoring the departure and destination of each truck load of logs is the only way to positively eliminate load theft.
We strongly urge our clients to have licensed surveyor identify the exact parcel boundaries prior to any forestry related work. Parcel boundary surveys are the informational foundation necessary for making a proper assessment of any kind as they relate to any real estate investments. The need for flagrant and intervisible parcel boundary identification prior to a timber harvest is of critical importance.
Nearly all logging companies use independent foresters to identify the harvest unit boundaries of your timber which of course is within your parcel boundaries. Or is it? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that all harvest activity is completed within confines of your parcels boundary? How is that boundary established and with what degree of accuracy?
Generally these “independent” foresters completing the Forest Practices Application and the associated fieldwork identify and flag parcel boundaries 10 to15 in parallel of the actual boundary. They do this because the methods and instrumentation used by foresters do not offer a degree of accuracy to safely assume a narrower margin of error. In contrast, licensed surveyors completing a parcel boundary identify the exact location of your boundary.
Let’s say that you calculated a 5ft wide buffer around the perimeter of a 10 acre parcel that measures 660’ x 660’ which equates to 13,151sqft, 1/3 acre roughly a third of an acre. Let’s say your site averages 3 loads to the acre, each load grossing 2500 a load. If the contract is structured in such a way as to fund the previously incurred cost of survey at $3,000.00 Or less
A boundary survey allows for increased yield since you are capturing all harvestable timber within your parcels boundaries. A survey identifying the actual parcel boundaries increases the net harvestable area and will more than pay for the cost of the survey.
Because a survey establishes your actual parcel boundaries thus significantly increasing the net harvest unit(s) size and therefor yield.