Forest Land Appraisal

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Combining Forestry Knowledge and Appraisal Expertise


Mellette Forestry Group specializes in appraising timber, forestland, rural properties, conservation easements, and environmentally sensitive forest properties.  We are foresters who understand the often complex relationship between timber and land values.  We are specialists in one property type only - Forestland.


Morgan MeMorgan Receives MAI designation in 2009llette combines a degree in Forestry, Appraisal Qualifications (State Certified Real Estate Appraiser and Member of the Appraisal Institute-MAI), and over 30 years of practical experience in the timber business as a consulting forester into a unique combination of qualifications.  The landowner or investor who needs qualified appraisal services will benefit by dealing with a professional who thoroughly understands all aspects of valuation methods and forestry principles.


The purposes for forestland appraisals include:

  1. A guide for buying or selling timberland
  2. To assist in choosing between investing in forestry or an alternative investment
  3. To establish the value of property for taxation
  4. To estimate damages
  5. To value conservation easements

Population growth spreading out from urban areas in the southeastern U. S. have changed the highest and best use and greatly increased the value of many forested properties.  Many forest landowners interested in protecting their forest land from future commercial or residential development are beginning to place Conservation Easements on their property (See our information on Conservation Easements).
Morgan Mellette has specialized training and experience in valuing Conservation Easements.  Please contact us if you need an appraiser who is uniquely qualified and experienced in all types of Forestland Appraisal.
In addition to providing opinions of market value and traditional appraisal services, Mellette Forestry may answer your needs in some or all of these areas:

  • Arbitration
  • Consulting
  • Condemnation
  • Evaluations
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Litigation Preparation
  • Cost & Benefit Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Management Advice
  • Market Analysis
  • Market Trend Studies
  • Tax Assessment Review & Advice