Our forests are precious
Just like anything precious, we cannot take our forests and woodlands for granted!
We care about you, the land owner. We know and understand your concerns when it comes to your timbered parcels and woodlots.
We care about the environment and the future of our timbered land. We understand the importance, not only to us, but to the next generations to come.
The future of our woodlands depend on the practices of today and that is why we adhere to a commitment to the highest forest stewardship ethic.
Many property owners ask, "How much wood is in that tree?". With this question they are usually referring to the marketable portion of the wood contained in the tree and basically the part of the tree that they will get paid for. This is considered volume.
The volume of each tree is determined by measuring the diameter DBH (at breast height) and then estimating how many feet high up that tree will make logs and then pulpwood.
Each log contained in the tree will be 8', 10' or 12'. It takes a trained eye to make this determination.
The equation is then determined using a log scale to calculate the tree volume by the measurements. The three common log scales used in Michigan are the Doyle, Scribner and the International. We choose to use the International scale ( it is the most accurate and fairest). You can read more about log scales here.
At approximately 4" to 6" the remaining wood is firewood, of course, depending on the species.
Michigan is rich with forest land!
Did you know, Michigan has over 20 million acres of forest? This includes federal, state and private, with 34% of Michigan's forests held by private forest land owners.
When winter winds are piercing chill, And through the hawthorn blows the gale, With solemn feet I tread the hill, That overbrows the lonely vale.
O’er the bare upland, and away Through the long reach of desert woods, The embracing sunbeams chastely play, And gladden these deep solitudes.
Where, twisted round the barren oak, The summer vine in beauty clung, And summer winds the stillness broke, The crystal icicle is hung.
Where, from their frozen urns, mute springs Pour out the river’s gradual tide, Shrilly the skater’s iron rings, And voices fill the woodland side.
Alas! how changed from the fair scene, When birds sang out their mellow lay, And winds were soft, and woods were green, And the song ceased not with the day!
But still wild music is abroad, Pale, desert woods! within your crowd; And gathering winds, in hoarse accord, Amid the vocal reeds pipe loud.
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear Has grown familiar with your song; I hear it in the opening year, I listen, and it cheers me long.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( 1807 - 1882)
David & Valerie Zimmer
Buyers of standing timber and owners of Greater Michigan Timber Management, a Forest and Timber Management company located in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.
Call us for all your forest management needs at
(989) 390-0705 or
We are happy to answer any question you may have.
Greater Michigan Timber Management. Buyers of standing timber. Specializing in sustainable forestry management and sound stewardship practices.
Greater Michigan Timber Management: The timber management company that cares!