Woodland management short course for women set in Cook Station

  • Published: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022

Cook Station, Mo. – Study and know your market before you sell trees, says University of Missouri Extension natural resources field specialist, Sarah Havens.

Havens will offer a day-long program to help women landowners learn how to improve the quality of their woodland and how to market it.

The workshop will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 12. It will start with a classroom session at the Education Center at the Wurdack Research Center in Cook Station. The afternoon will include a field trip to see a recent timber sale.

Havens gives eight steps for getting the highest price for timber, what basic elements to include in a timber sale contract, what best management practices should be in a harvest plan, and how to manage the timber sale tax.

“Many woodland owners see harvesting trees as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Havens says. Too often, landowners sell trees for less than fair-market value, and oftentimes the wrong trees are harvested leaving the residual forest a wasteland. Women landowners tend to find themselves being asked to sell their timber without really knowing what it is worth.

“I often ask farmers and livestock producers if they ever sell their crops or take their livestock to market without knowing something about what they are selling,” she says. “‘Of course not!’ is the reply. Then why did you take that first offer the logger gave you? Working with a professional forester ensures the right trees are harvested, leaving you with a healthier, more productive forest capable of generating future income.”

 “Knowledge is power,” Havens says. “With that knowledge, you can rest easier knowing you did the best for yourself and your land.”

For more information, email [email protected] or call 573-458-6260. Register at the MU Extension office in Phelps County at 200 N. Main, Rolla, MO.

Writer: Sarah Havens

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