Stumpage Price Reports
The Stumpage Price Report is published semi-annually and reports the prices paid for standing timber during the previous six months. Prices are provided to the DEC voluntarily by buyers and sellers of standing timber. To better reflect the price variations across the state the Stumpage Price Report splits New York into four distinct regions; Western/Central, Adirondack, Delaware/Catskill, and Hudson/Mohawk. This report is only intended to serve as a guide considering the value of standing trees can be influenced by many factors, including but not limited to, timber quality, volume harvested, accessibility, market demand, size of timber, species, and logging equipment used. Use of this report for any purpose other than as a rough guide to standing timber values should be done with caution.
If you have any questions about the Stumpage Price Report, please contact us at:
Lands and Forests
Bureau of Private Land Services
Albany, NY 12233-4253
Phone: (518) 402-9425
Fax: (518) 402-9028
Glossary of Forestry Terms Used on the Stumpage Price Report
Board foot - a unit for measuring wood volume in a tree, log, or board. A board foot is commonly 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 inch, but any shape containing 144 cubic inches of wood equals one board foot.
Cord - a unit of wood cut for fuel, pulp or chips that is equal to a stack 4 x 4 by 8 feet or 128 cubic feet.
Cordwood - small diameter or low quality wood suitable for firewood, pulp or chips.
Diameter at breast height (dbh) -tree diameter measured at 4.5 feet above ground level.
Log rule - a method for calculating wood volume in a tree or log by using its diameter and length.
- Doyle rule -Log rule used in the Eastern and Southern United States. Underestimates board footage in small logs and overestimates in large logs.
- International l/4-inch scale -Log scale modification of an earlier rule using a 1/8-inch kerf, based on an analysis of the loss of wood fiber incurred in the conversion of saw logs to lumber. One of the few rules incorporating a basis for dealing with log taper.
- Scribner rule -Diagram log rule, one of the oldest in existence, that assumes 1-inch boards and a 1/4-inch kerf, makes a liberal allowance for slabs, and disregards taper.
Pole timber - trees 4 to 10 inches dbh.
Sawlog - a log large enough to be sawed economically on a sawmill. Sawlogs are usually at least 8 inches in diameter at the small end.
Sawlog tree - a tree at least 11 inches dbh and suitable for conversion to lumber. Sometimes, trees 11 to 14 inches dbh are called small sawlog trees, and trees larger than 18 inches dbh are called large sawlog trees.
Sawtimber - trees from which sawlogs can be made.
Stumpage - the value of standing trees in a forest.
Stumpage price - the price paid for standing forest trees.
Veneer log - a high-quality log of a desirable species suitable for conversion to veneer. Veneer logs must be large, straight, of minimum taper, and free from defects.