Every step in the process of covering standing timber requires an in-depth understanding of the vast ecosystem of logistics and risks.
Harvesting and felling involves planning for risks that can impact growth, such as fires, lightning, explosions and wind. Meanwhile, transportation covers every mile of highway and rail, not to mention nautical miles when timber is shipped across waterways. Then there are the logistics of storage and manufacturing, both of which require that you address and answer essential questions related to cutting down grade loss in stored lumber, how green the lumber is, whether it has been dried thoroughly, and how long you’ll need to store it. Finally, there’s production and distribution, which point to how the lumber will be used. Is it going toward finished products? Building supplies? Shipping containers? How many hands and machines must it pass through before its journey continues?