An inventory provides a forest landowner with an accurate estimate of their timber volume and forest composition. This can be used for future forest practices and to value the timber.
Uses for an inventory / appraisal:
- Forest Management Planning: You need to know what you have to manage it correctly.
- Determining a Tax Basis: Timber is usually a very important part of your tax basis when owning timber or farm land.
- Buying or Selling Land: You want to make sure you don’t overpay for timber land if you are buying. If you are selling you want to make sure you don’t under-sell. A timber appraisal is always a good idea before a land transaction.