Damage Appraisal Services
Unfortunately in the course of owning a property a need may arise for a Timber Damage Appraisal. This can be attributed but not limited to wind, ice, snow and disease or some other unforeseen circumstance such as timber theft/trespass, logging damage etc. As in any timber evaluation project, the key is to determine quantity and value of the damaged material.
The method used in determining these factors depends on the specific course of the damage. In most instances, the damaged specimen still resides in its original location (or in close proximity) so it can be readily evaluated. Skill used in any timber inventory (see “Timber Inventory” section in website) will determine the size, height, and quality of each tree. This will allow the volume and subsequent value to be developed.
But in the case of Timber Trespass, the material is normally removed from its general area and not available for evaluation. The residual stump and corresponding top (upper portion of the tree left after sawlog material has been removed) become the key areas of measurement in this situation. With the research performed by the U.S. Forest Service, measurements of stump height, stump diameter, and distance between stump and residual top can be used to estimate volume and value of the removed material. This process is labor intensive but the only process currently available that allows a value to be established.
If a Damage Appraisal becomes necessary, FORECON, Inc. has a staff of well-trained experienced persons with diverse skills and professional qualifications to provide a wide array of expert forestry and related environmental services. Assessments usually include stumpage volume and value damage to residual trees, and costs to repair the damaged site. If an unfortunate situation develops on your property, let us assist you in determining the best course of action in leading you down the road to “fair” restitution.