I need some help...
I'm getting ready to clear out a bit more pasture and re-do all my fences. Right now I have about 20 acres fenced with around 5 of it being timber. I have 60 acres unfenced of good mixed timber, but a good deal of it is shake bark hickory... I'm on a mountain top, the 20 is flat, the 60 is sloping but I have well cut trails that wind down to the bottom. So access is good.
The Hickory is absolutely gorgeous. I hate cutting it down but I NEED GRASS!
I'm having it assessed by the forestry to get an estimate on what I have and get a plan formulated for replanting a large section in pine to help pay off my kids' college in the future. Unfortunately around here the loggers only want pine and oak, hickory is only used as firewood which would be a shame, these trees are MASSIVE. I have found, what seems to be, an interested professional outfit to come out. Normally we would use the locals to select cut but they won't touch hickory because it tears up their blades...
So my questions are:
Have any of you harvested timber on your land?
What did you have logged, how many acres?
On average what did you get? (Not to be nosey, just an estimate would be greatly appreciated!)
Any of you know the worth of Hickory? (I know it depends greatly on the area...)
What about black locust? I have tons of that too.
How was the experience? Was it worth it?
Any tips to get in writing so I don't get screwed or left with a mess?
I hope to get enough to hire a bulldozer to rip out some old fencing, reclaim some land, and help pay for "upgraded" fence material. A new roof would be nice too!
I want to state that all this is with a goal to make my land more profitable and beneficial to the wildlife we have around here. We are putting in feed plots and setting aside areas of old growth for habitat.
Thanks in advance!