Logging and market resources to get you started on your Logging project

OSU Extension Service PublicationsOregon State University Extension has several practical publications on logging and selling timber. You can get these publications in hard copy from your local OSU Extension office, or from the Online Catalog.

OSU Extension Catalog.The Catalog is the source for current, peer-reviewed, research-based learning materials published by OSU Extension.

Choosing the right logging contractor for your family forest. Choosing a logging contractor for a harvest operation is an important decision. How do you go about selecting the right person for your property and your particular project?

Small-Scale Harvesting for Woodland Owners. Logging and selling timber can appear to be a complex and somewhat esoteric task for many small woodland owners.
Producing and Selling Logs for Maximum Revenue. A woodland owner must take certain steps to produce and sell logs for maximum revenue. This publication includes best practices for obtaining bids, selecting a buyer, and writing purchase orders using the Scribner log rule, making decisions about bucking, selecting log lengths and diameters, and bucking to remove defects and comparing markets.
Contracts for Woodland Owners. This publication describes basic principles of contract law as applied to planting growing maintaining harvesting road construction, maintenance, and repair and selling logs and timber. Includes definitions of common contract terms and sample contracts.
Measuring Timber Products Harvested from Your Woodland. Managing woodland property offers you the opportunity to harvest a variety of products, depending on timber quality and quantity, harvest economics, and market availability. Among these products are saw logs (for lumber or plywood), peeler logs (for plywood), pulpwood, fuelwood, poles, piling, and posts.
Timber Harvesting Options for Woodland Owners. This publication guides owners of small woodlands in choosing harvest options most appropriate for their timber and property characteristics.
Selling Timber and Logs. A step-by-step manual of selling timber and logs.
Designing Woodland Roads. This publication looks at issues involving designing and building a new woodland road suitable for transport of timber products versus light vehicle traffic such as cars and pickups.
Safe and Effective Use of Chainsaws for Woodland Owners. The chainsaw, along with a planting shovel, is probably the most recognized and used tool in any forestry management regime. The publication discusses the aspects of correct usage of a chain saw, including felling and bucking techniques and the required safety features and operations.
Managing Woodland Roads: A Field Guide. This publication contains information on road shapes and surfaces, crossdrainage structures, stream crossings, wet-weather operations, and inspection and maintenance regimes. It discusses legal issues and contracts culvert sizing designs for fish passage road capacity and filtering methods.
Scribner Volume Tables: Bucking Logs for Maximum Revenue. This spreadsheet allows you to enter the specifications of up to 4 log purchase orders. Then you can enter various log length/diameter combinations from your trees and compare the values to determine which mill is best suited for your timber.