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.
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.
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