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Consulting Forester Fees & Contracts (LA)

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From: Peggy St. Julien
Homer, LA
In addition to the 8-10% commission, do consulting foresters usually ask for additional fees based on miles to maintain the boundary lines. If so, how much is average and how often is this done. Also, is there a difference in the commission fees for pine/hardwood sawlog or plylog timber and pine/hardwood pulpwood timber. If so what is the difference in the fees?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Peggy:

Most consulting foresters in the Midwest charge an 8-10% commission for all work associated w/ the timber sale (tree marking, boundary marking, timber sale announcement, marketing the sale to multiple buyers, sale contract administration, monitoring the logging operation, etc.).

Some professional consulting foresters may even include a timber basis valuation for your accountant come IRS tax season; however, most consultants will charge extra for your timber tax basis due to the simple fact that it will require an extra day out in the field to collect supplemental forest inventory data.

I'm unfamiliar with professional forester timber sale compensation practices in Louisiana: by commission, by job, by hour, by acre, by volume, etc.

The easiest way for you to find the answer to that question is to simply contact an LSU Extension Forester or a Louisiana state forester:

LSU Extension Forestry: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/forestry/

Best of luck!

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