Timberland Appraisal

Sizemore and Sizemore began offering timberland appraisal just after our firm’s founding in 1949. During the last six decades, our appraisal and valuation services have evolved to meet the needs of today’s timberland investors.

We provide timber and timberland appraisal services in the U.S. South, from Texas to Virginia. The firm appraises approximately 4.5 million acres each year. Over the last five years, we have appraised more than 21 million acres of timberland, worth over $30 billion. Our five staff appraisers serve clients across a wide range of industries, including: 

  • Timberland Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs)
  • REITs
  • The forest industry
  • Financial institutions
  • Private investors and landowners
  • Federal and state agencies
  • Universities
  • Charitable foundations
  • Law firm

Ownership interests appraised include:

  • Fee simple
  • Leases (leasehold and leased fee)
  • Partial interest
  • Timber deeds

Types of appraisals and valuations performed include:

  • Timber appraisal
  • Interim appraisals for financial reporting
  • Financing, acquisition and disposition
  • Tax appeals
  • Estate planning
  • Property division
  • Casualty loss and damage
  • Condemnation
  • Litigation

What’s it worth?

Most landowners or potential landowners ask this question when considering investment or management decisions.

An objective and well-documented appraisal provides timberland market participants information about asset values and cash flows. Physiographic features and economic trends, including land productivity, transportation, business cycles and population all influence property values, and local land transactions provide a barometer of recent price trends.

Sizemore and Sizemore’s forestry background, comparable sales files and appraisal experience provide a foundation for estimating the value of a specific property. We utilize all three approaches to value, as applicable, in each appraisal assignment, and strive to provide quality and professional appraisals in a timely manner. All of our appraisal reports are designed to meet the rigid standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the accepted standard for professional appraisal practice in North America.

Timberland Appraisal History

When Sizemore and Sizemore was founded in 1949, early timberland appraisal assignments included condemnation, estate, and acquisition appraisals and involved government entities, banks, private landowners and forest industry. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the firm was a pioneer in providing valuation services to insurance companies, pension funds and banks who held timberland assets through their trust departments. Timberland investment management organizations (TIMOs) soon came on the scene, and Sizemore and Sizemore was one of the few firms who could provide timberland appraisal services. In the 1980s, the firm set up a separate department to provide timber and timberland appraisal services.