Timber resource analysis

Timber Resource Analysis

One of the most basic and key factors to determining the success of a wood products manufacturer is having access to suitable quality and affordable timber. Companies considering building new or expanding existing facilities need to understand in detail the timber supply situation in the region, including ownership, growth and harvest, species mix, age/size distribution, etc.

Investpro provides clients with valuable insights into this important area through research, including:

  • Analysis of historical sales and harvest levels in targeted areas
  • Analysis of standing timber inventory by ownership
  • Completion of growth/drain analysis
  • Assessment of changes in environmental laws and regulations
  • Assessment of viability of producers purchasing timber
  • Evaluating timber supply projections developed by others

The technical description of the assumptions, constraints and parameters used in the timber supply analysis is required. Constraints are the operational requirements and limitations that may affect the availability and flow of resources. Constraints that should be explained in the context of the forest management plan objectives, include:

  • Adjacency requirements
  • Green-up requirements
  • Harvest compartment and cut sequencing requirements
  • Access and development limitations
  • Block size limitations
  • Merchantability/economic limitations
  • Reforestation requirements
  • Constraints associated with other landscape management issues
  • Impacts of operational constraints are assessed to ensure realistic projections of forest growth and associated harvest.