I’ve been doing a training course the last couple of days in valuing timber in a forest. We are proposing to buy a 93 Hectare woodland as a community, so we need to know the value of the timber in it, what type of timber is in it and if it all needs harvesting or what can be left or for how long. Big clumps of lodgepole pine are already windblown, which become a big liability and useless in value as timber, the clock is ticking as windblown tress can start to have a domino effect. The techniques for sampling and measuring the tonnage of timber are very interesting, surprising and involve some clever maths. Concepts I can do, arithmetic I can’t !
We spend a few hours today in the thick of the dense forest covering an awful lot of muddy, boggy, ditched difficult ground. Some beautiful trees though and beautiful wild places where humans haven’t been in decades.