Timber Investment | Harvesting the Timber

  • OLDER TREES HAVE MORE VALUE AND VOLUME THAN YOUNGER TREES
  • TIMBER HARVESTING CAN BE DONE MANUALLY OR WITH HARVESTER
  • PROCESSING CAN BE DONE ON SITE OR IN SAWMILL
  • PROCESSED TIMBER YIELDS MORE THAN LOGS

Older trees
In order to make plantation forestry a profitable timber investment, the trees need to grow to a certain size before they can be harvested.

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  • A 20-year-old tree will be more valuable than a 15-year-old tree.
  • It has a greater timber volume and a higher density.
  • Processing more mature timber creates less waste; therefore there is more useable and valuable timber.
  • Our clients are free to harvest their trees whenever they wish, but the longer the rotation, the higher the return on investment will be.
  • After consulting with the investor, the chosen management company can advise when the trees should be harvested.

Timber Investments | Harvesting & Processing
Depending on plot size and number of trees, harvesting can be done manually with a chainsaw or with a harvester machine. Harvesting manually will be more cost effective when dealing with smaller plots, whereas larger plots will be harvested using a harvester machine.

  • Harvesting manually currently costs about € 20/hour.
  • Harvester machine costs € 9/m3 or € 270/hour (incl. de-branching and forwarding the timber).
  • After the trees have been felled, they are de-branched and sawn into manageable pieces, which are then piled up on the edge of the plot.
  • The harvested timber can be insured against theft at all stages up to the
    point of sale to an end user.
  • The harvested timber can then be transported to a local sawmill or a mobile sawmill can saw the timber on site.
  • The cost of sawing the logs into useable boards or poles is currently € 54/m3.
  • The finished timber products will then be transported to a local warehouse.
  • The timber is sold wholesale to timber merchants.