FAQ How Much is My Tree Worth??

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FAQ  How Much is My Tree Worth??measuring trees

A question that every forester is asked often is how much a particular tree is worth. 

Well it depends…

A lot of factors come into play when we appraise a tree including location, type of tree, size of the tree, condition of the tree, and of course what is the tree’s highest and best use.

 

sara cruising timberTimber Value (for Forest trees)

For many trees, especially those growing in the forest naturally, the most appropriate price is that of its forest products, we call this stumpage value.

Stumpage value is the value of the tree as it presently stands and is based on species, size, condition and what the market in the particular area is likely to pay for this tree and the products that is will produce.

Depending on the stage in life that the tree is in, we sometimes use current value, and sometimes use future values and determine, the net present value based on future value, growth, inflation, interest, and projected future markets.

 

yard treeAesthetic Value (for yard trees and recreational area trees)

These are the expensive trees, even though a yard tree is worth nearly nothing for its timber value, its value for aesthetics is immeasurable, unless of course you bring in a Forester who is trained and experienced in appraising trees for their aesthetic value.

yard treeFor these priceless gems that shade our homes and brighten our day, we need a Forester who can determine the total value of the tree bases on the International Society of Arboriculture’s appraisal formulas.

These trees are valued based on what type of area they are growing in, a residential yard, a park, a small patch of trees in your far back yard, a visual break, etc.

They are also valued on the species, size and condition of the tree as well as the area of the country that the tree is located in.

 

forestWhen you need to determine the value of the Forest that you are buying or selling, or if tragedy strikes and you need to determine the value of your favorite tree that your neighbor cut down, give us a call and we can help.

We are experts at tree and forest appraisal as well as expert witnesses.

Bob Crane

Woodland Management Service

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Harry F. D'Elia
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I always thought how one determines value of a tree.

Jun 29, 2013 07:46 AM #18
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Bob, once again you provide worthy information, and to many of us, I am sure, stuff we don't think about!

Jun 29, 2013 08:08 AM #19
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Andrew Mooers
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The value of the tree is only the tip of the iceberg. The cost to get it removed, without scarring the landscape, causing erosion and silt, debris dumped into the watershed that can affect a lake ten miles away and choke the fish. The removal is a surgeon's skill and like in any profession, there are different levels of competence. Giving the land to your kids in better condition, the next generation than you received it. That is respect, good stewardship.

Jun 29, 2013 08:08 AM #20
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Great information Bob. There is value in trees for harvesting but just because they are large doesn't mean they have much value.

Jun 29, 2013 09:02 AM #21
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Bob - This has been an excellent series on forestry, full of interesting information and insight. Thanks.

Jun 29, 2013 10:31 AM #22
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Edward & Celia Maddox
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Very interesting article on trees.  Thanks for sharing on Active Rain.  Unique info to pass onto clients.

Jun 29, 2013 10:33 AM #23
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Bruce Hicks
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Several years ago, a big developer went around gathering PALM trees and needed a few HUNDRED.  He paid from 500-1500 for each tree!  My client had a FAN PALM that was 12 feet tall and he sold it for $2500.

Jun 29, 2013 11:24 AM #24
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Brad MacKenzie
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That's really interesting. And useful information. Thanks for sharing that!

Jun 29, 2013 11:55 AM #25
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I have a Japenase Maple in my yard.  I LOVE IT . . . but the idiots that lived here prior to me planted it TOO CLOSE to the chimney and it's back side is stunted and it doesn't grow full.  It's a shame and I want to transplant it so that the fullness of it's beauty can unfold.  And I hear you about value.  This is an expensive tree.  Good stewardship is the key! (And look at you and the Features of late!!)

Jun 29, 2013 11:55 AM #26
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Wayne Johnson
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Bob-Your post just goes to show things of value can be appraised. The principals used for tree appraisals sounds similar to the appraisal for houses.

Jun 29, 2013 12:05 PM #27
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Roseanne Campagna
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Now I'm hooked. Signing up for your blog... interesting stuff. Thank you

Jun 29, 2013 12:41 PM #28
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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I hate to take down a living tree, but my parents once had a black walnut (I think) that was hitting the roof and pulling up the sidewalk at the same time. Got some money for it and I remember my parents being quite pleased....

Jun 29, 2013 02:32 PM #29
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Mark Artesani
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Bob,

Mostly Palm trees around here. Never knew how to price them Thanks

Jun 29, 2013 03:28 PM #30
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Great topic and written very well. Some of the information is very new to me and I love the tree shown in the town. Buying the right tree is a decision I would leave to a pro and not myself. Thanks

Jun 29, 2013 05:58 PM #31
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Bob-I live in an an urban area with lots of evergreens, of which the homeowners are very protective of. Thanks for your post, good stuff.
Jun 29, 2013 06:55 PM #32
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This is a very informative post.  I had no idea how one goes about giving  value to a tree or trees.

Jun 29, 2013 07:52 PM #33
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Roger Stensland
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A friend of mine purchased 5 acres and later harvested some of the timber and raised enough money to pay for the land.  Not too bad. 

Jun 29, 2013 09:23 PM #34
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Interesting to know about this-I wasn't aware of the appraisal value of specific trees, especially decorative ones.

Jun 29, 2013 09:28 PM #35
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Thank you for the information. I sold a home where there is atree too close to the house and they were going to cut it down.

Jun 30, 2013 04:08 AM #36
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Hi Bob! I have wondered what is the value of a front yard tree. Especially wondered after the neighbors lost two trees in the past 30 years. One was a Red Maple and the other, a Norway Maple. Both trees were planted in the city section by the curb and in the same hole. They were beautiful and yet, they both died. Made me nervous as our large and beautiful maple tree is 30 years old and we live just across the street from the above property.

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