Washington State University

Extension Forestry

Selling Logs from your Property

A comprehensive educational symposium for landowners


March 11-12, 2016 – Auburn


2/29/16: This event is now full


Selling logs is one of the most important decisions you face as a landowner

Landowners log their property for a number of reasons. For some it’s the culmination of decades of planning and hard work to produce a valuable crop. For others it might be a liquidation of an asset to meet a sudden financial need. Still others might be undertaking a thinning operation to improve forest health and habitat.

Whatever your reason or goal, selling logs is a high-stakes endeavor, and mistakes can be costly–this is not a time to cut corners! Timber is a valuable financial asset, YOUR asset, that took decades to produce–don’t lose out on thousands of dollars by not getting a fair deal for your logs. Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary liability or be left “on the hook” for someone else’s mistake. Make sure your property looks how you want it to when the job is done and don’t risk unnecessary damage to your property that could take decades to restore.

Topics we’ll address include:

  • Timber sale fundamentals
    • Selling methods (sealed bid vs. negotiation)
    • Types of sales (stumpage, lump sum, etc.)
    • Types of buyers (mill, broker, logger)
  • Getting fair value for your logs
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a landowner
  • What a forestry consultant can offer you
  • Protecting yourself from liability
  • Minimum harvest amount to be economically viable
  • Inventory and marketing for different forest products
  • How to select a logger
  • Permitting requirements and harvest regulations
  • Excise taxes, current use taxation, and cost share programs
  • Logging roads and operational logistics
  • Silvicultural alternatives
  • What log buyers look for

Speakers will include:

Consulting foresters, experienced landowners, log buyers, loggers, and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Revenue (DOR)


Note: these are updated times as of 2/11/2016

  • Friday March 11, 2016 4:00 – 8:30 PM &
  • Saturday March 12, 2016 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday night lodging option

Best Western Plus Peppertree Auburn Inn has reserved a block of rooms for a special rate of $109.99. Rooms must be booked two weeks prior to the event. After that room rates are $139.99. To reserve a room call the hotel at 253-887-7600 and let them know you would like a room under the event name WSU Forestry Program.


Green River College, Salish Hall, 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092 (Green River College – Campus Map)


(includes Saturday lunch and field trip transportation)

Individual Registration

  • $23/person before March 3rd
  • $30/person March 3rd and later

Couple Registration (same household or ownership)

  • $33/couple before March 3rd
  • $40/couple March 3rd or later

Student and Master Gardener discounts available – call 206-263-1128 for more information

What’s Included:

  • Friday evening and Saturday morning classroom sessions and panel discussions
  • Saturday afternoon field trip (bus transportation provided)
  • Dinner on Friday
  • Lunch on Saturday



This event is now full


Program Sponsors

This project is funded by the Washington State University Western Extension Risk Management Education Center, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), King Conservation District, the Pierce and Upper Puget chapters of the Washington Farm Forestry Association, and the South Puget Sound chapter of the Society of American Foresters.

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All Are Welcome

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Lauren Grand at 206-263-1128 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

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