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     "What he didn't cut down, he tore down and what he didn't tear down, he rode down…. It looks just like a bomb went off and I'm just sick over the whole thing." This was an actual quote from a WV landowner who did not take the time to educate himself on how a responsible timber harvest should be conducted. Selling timber looks pretty straight forward but many complex factors come into play once the process begins.
West Virginia grows the worlds finest timber!
     Since 1949 the Grist family has been involved in the acquisition and management of timber in West Virginia. We are proud of our heritage in the state and look forward to many more years of professional forest management.
Careful felling minimizes damage to other trees
     Let's now take a look at what goes into making a timber sale successful.
High quality veneer logs are often exported


Your forest has many values
     The first step is very simple. Just think about all the wonderful values your forest provides and how you want to manage for them. These include timber income, wildlife habitat, clean air, pure water and also recreational opportunies. As registered professional forersters, we can help you make sound decisions concerning your forest.


Neighbors appreciate being notified of an upcoming harvest.
     Once you decide how you want to manage your property, we then identify and mark the property lines. We try to meet with your neighbors and let them know the lines have been marked and answer any questions they may have regarding our plans (starting and finishing the sale, traffic, noise, environmental concerns and so on).


Timber cruising is an art as well as a science.
     After the property lines are marked, registered professional foresters begin "cruising" the timber. This step identifies the trees to be harvested. One forester measures the diameter of the tree at breast height (dbh) as the other forester determines the grade and number of logs in the tree. The tree is then recorded in a handheld computer by species, grade and size. This tree was marked with blue paint to let the timber cutter know it is to be harvested. The foresters also mark trees which may need special attention that will not be harvested, such as wildlife den trees or trees in sensitive areas near streams or wetlands.

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Richard Grist
Registered Forester #332
WV Real Estate Broker #1025
PO Box 669
Lewisburg, WV 24901
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