Haymes Timber and Wildlife Services, LLC is a full service forestry and wildlife management consulting company. We aim to maximize our clients' timber and acreage potential through the use of proven science and ecologically minded practices. Properties everywhere have value through multiple avenues. Many landowners realize economic value in their land through forest production, while others see value in their land through outdoor activities such as hunting or hiking. With our knowledge and expertise, we can help you properly manage your timber to increase economic potential and/or increase the value of your property for many wildlife species. With experience in the public and private sector of forest and wildlife management, we have an understanding of what many clients expect for land management and what it takes to fulfill those expectations. Let us help you realize the value in your property.
We are located in Chatham, Virginia and serve Pittsylvania, Halifax, Campbell, Amherst, Bedford, Franklin, Henry, and Patrick counties.
HTWS will manage the sale of your timber from start to finish. We will cruise your standing timber to determine it's value given the current timber markets, market to numerous timber buyers, receive bids for your timber, and award the best buyer with the sale contract. We will handle all of the contracts and negotiations, and ensure that all of the "t's are crossed and the i's dotted." Once harvest begins we will make weekly trips to your tract to make certain that the proper care is being given to your property and that all of the terms of the contract are followed. Examples of contract terms include: minimizing rutting, minimizing damage to residual standing timber, or following all state best management practices (BMP's). Immediately after harvest, a final inspection will ensure full compliance with all terms of the contract and complete the timber sale.
Reforestation is the process of putting a recently harvested timber stand back into trees (typically pine). The reason we say that this is a process is because it does not usually involve only the replanting of seedlings. More often than not, a recent clear-cut will need to be prepared for planting with the use of forestry labeled herbicides. Forestry herbicides will eliminate the competition so that the pine seedlings will be able to flourish unhindered. In the late winter to early spring following herbicide application, pine seedlings will need to be planted. Holding a herbicide applicators license, HTWS has the experience and knowledge to prescribe the right combination of herbicides for your tract. Not every tract is the same and some will require different suites of herbicides to get the job done. HTWS can coordinate these services , starting with a site visit to determine the best plan for investment in reforestation.
Forest and Wildlife Management Planning
Often times landowners have many different goals for their land, but they do not know how to plan for the long term life of the assets that it holds (timber and wildlife). HTWS can help the landowner merge their property ownership goals with responsible and ecological forest and wildlife management. Forest management planning can also help the property obtain eligibility for many state cost-share programs for which a management plan is a requirement. HTWS can also help plan and design wildlife habitat manipulations to match the long term goals of the property owner.
GPS / GIS Mapping
Aerial photography and the sophistication of global positioning systems (GPS) has come a long way in recent decades. Many photos are publicly available but require special software to use. GPS units are often expensive and the typical landowner has no need to invest in a unit. HTWS can use GPS and aerial photography to create maps of your properties to use at hunting camps or to simply have as a reference.
Online property programs certainly make it easy to get a general idea of the shape and location or your property. However, they are often not precise and therefore can cause serious trespass issues. HTWS has the knowledge and expertise to read surveyor plat maps and locate actual property boundaries on the ground. HTWS can mark property boundaries so that the landowner (and the neighbors) can know whose is whose. HTWS can also post (No Trespassing signs) your property if that service is wanted.
Be sure to check out Helpful Hints at the bottom of the page where we will be adding tidbits about taxes, wildlife, and forest management periodically.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Caleb Haymes - Owner/Forester/Wildlife Biologist (434) 770-5134
Katie Haymes - Office/Marketing Manager (434) 770-4877
- Timber Basis - The value of timber at the time at which you bought the property. This value is subtracted from the value of the timber at the time of harvest to determine how much tax you are required to pay. For more information, check out the article linked here. <>https://timbertax.org/getstarted/basis/
- Have a large tract of timber? It may make more sense to spread the harvest of the timber into multiple sales over multiple years to avoid a huge tax burden in one year. This is also a good way to ensure a base level of income over those years as well.
- Land-use taxes - In many (but not all) counties in Virginia, forested acreage can be taxed differently than regular real estate taxes. A forest management plan is required to qualify. Start by talking with a qualified tax professional to determine if your property may qualify. More info here: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/land-conservation/tools06
- The Riparian Tax Credit is a great way to offset the taxes incurred from the sale of your timber. If your property is in the state of Virginia, and you leave an appropriate riparian buffer (as per the guidelines), then you can be eligible to receive a tax credit for a percentage of the value of the timber left standing. **A Forest Stewardship Plan is required to apply for the tax credit. Check out <>http://www.dof.virginia.gov/tax/credit/riparianbuffer/index.htm for more information.
- Timber harvests are a great way to improve the wildlife habitat of your property. The new flush of light to the forest floor will sprout new growth of herbaceous plants which are very beneficial to white-tailed deer and turkey. The new growth will also serve as great nesting cover for many small bird species.
Honey bees are one of the most important pollinators in America today and they are threatened by habitat loss and disease. Planting logging decks back with pollinator species is a great way to offer a new food source to local bee populations. Their are also some cost-share programs available to help offset the cost of planting. Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) biologist to find out more their cost-share programs.<>https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/va/home/
- Large tracts of pine do not offer a whole lot for wildlife. However, with a proper thinning plan you can increase the value of the habitat by adjusting the thinning rate in several locations throughout the stand. Yes, this will have a minor effect on the value of the timber stand as a whole but the difference will be almost negligible.
- Pine thinnings are one of the most technical services that a forester can provide. There are numerous things to look out for and to consider. Market fluctuations, stand health and vigor, climatic considerations are only just a few. Many loggers know how to mechanically thin a stand but few know how to technically thin a stand. Understanding pine growth and response is pivotal to maximizing the economic potential of a timber stand.
- Many companies offer "select cutting" as a service for hardwood timber stands. On the surface it sounds great to harvest some trees and still have some standing for wildlife, aesthetics, or future harvest. However, without the guidance of knowledgeable forestry consultant, what many landowners are left with are the poorest quality trees still standing. A forester should be acting upon your interests and sustainable forest management. Therefore, you should be left with trees that will respond and increase in economic value for future harvest.
- Do you know that you want to sell a tract of timber, but you can't decide when is the best time? Consulting foresters constantly have their ears open to changes in the market. Let your consulting forester put your tract "in their pocket" and let the market decide the time frame. If you have your tract signed up and ready to be sold, then the early steps (which can take a week or more to occur) will be out of the way, and your forester can jump on the opportunity as soon as the market wants your timber.