Your forest investment takes years to mature and you want to be sure you make the right decisions at harvest time. Maximising your earnings relies on careful planning so you know exactly when and how to harvest.
Steps to successful forest harvesting
Six steps must be taken at least 12 to 18 months before logging gets underway.
Step 1 - Product analysis
Product analysis involves assessing a forest’s log volumes and grades, as well as getting accurate area measurements. It’s a cost-effective and essential process for accurate budgeting and marketing.
Step 2 - Harvest planning
A Harvest Plan details how your logs will be transported out of the forest, what this will involve, and how much it will cost.
Step 3 - Resource consent
You will need a consent from Gisborne District Council. The Harvest Plan forms part of this application.
Step 4 - Market analysis
Market analysis identifies the most appropriate markets in which to sell various log grades. There are a number of options for owners to consider, which depend on things like harvest size, location, timing and log quality. Your adviser will talk you through your options.
Step 5 - Stumpage calculations
All of the above information is used to estimate the return that an owner may expect at any given time.
Step 6 - Harvesting management
Once sales are confirmed, it is vital that the harvesting operation flows to meet market deadlines, customer quality expectations, and environmental and health and safety requirements. Post-harvest clean-up and site restoration are also important final steps in a successful forest harvest.