Many people who are not aware of the timber harvesting process might have questions like how is harvesting done or what people are involved in the process and how is timber valued for harvesting, etc.
We’ll try to answer some of these questions here.
At CameroonTimberExportSarl, we use an advanced harvesting process that leaves our forest lands with plenty of smaller trees even after harvesting. At the same time, we harvest in such a way that the land remains fertile and reusable immediately after.
How Does Timber Harvesting Work?
The standard timber processing process involves the following steps:
- Evaluation & appraisal of timber
- Logging (harvesting)
- Timber processing
- Professional/legal consulting (optional)
All of the above timber harvesting process involve dedicated players having different roles. We will discuss the harvesting process and personnel in detail below. But, let’s first discuss the things that decide the value of timber.
Before you think of harvesting or even growing timber, you must know about the parameters that help decide how much timber would be worth. The general key factors include timber species, size, location, age & defects, and type.
Talking about the size of timber, the larger trees are better in terms of value. Some timber species like Ebony, sandalwood, bubinga, Amaranth, etc. are more expensive compared to wood species such as pine, fir and spruce. Hardwoods are usually more valuable than softwood. The location or the distance of the harvesting site from the mill is another factor that may affect the overall value or profitability.
Here are the steps involved in the timber harvesting process at CameroonTimberExportSarl:
Step 1: Planting & Growing Trees
The first step is, of course, finding the right property for timber harvesting. We at CameroonTimberExportSarl have our own, company-owned lands as well as have contracted with multiple property owners in the region to ensure a consistent supply of plenty of quality timber year around.
We as well as our partners grow trees on our respective lands as per the company policy for harvesting the most valuable and best quality timber.
Step 2: Wood Quality/health Inspection
Once the trees are fully grown and ready to harvest, one of our inspection teams visits the forest to assess the wood health and quality. This helps figure out the value the timber will likely provide upon selling. Also, the type, quality and age of timber helps determine the best way to cut down and process the trees.
Step 3: Logging
Logging is the process of cutting down the trees and making them ready to ship. The process involves cutting down the trees, removing the unnecessary branches, cutting the logs into specific sizes and then transporting them to the mill.
The task is performed by our dedicated & trained logging teams that have all the best-in-class machines and other heavy equipment to do a good job with complete safety.
After the trees are cut down into logs, they are shipped to the company mill in Douala Cameroon.
Step 4: Timber Processing
Not many woodworkers purchase wood logs directly. They want timber that is ready to use. So, the next step in wood harvesting is the processing of wood logs into the timber. This is done at our local sawmill.
The wood logs are sawn to produce timber sheets of different sizes and dimensions. A typical log can produce multiple sheets of timber, depending on its size and diameter.
After the timber is processed, it’s safely stored in the company warehouse or loaded onto large trucks ready to be transported to the buyer’s location.
Private landowners who are harvesting timber or planning to do it are advised to also hire the services of a professional forestry & legal consultant to ensure smooth management of the entire operations, from wood evaluation to harvesting and fetching the best price for the processed timber.
We at CameroonTimberExportSarl supply African wood logs and timber to dealers and woodworkers in more than 10 countries. Besides this, we also offer timber harvesting, transportation, brokerage, storage, processing, drying, treatment and other related services. To know more, visit our website cameroontimberexport.com.