Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a TimberMart-South (TMS) report?
A TMS report provides information to aid in timber harvest decisions, establishing a timber basis, better understanding timber markets.
What regions and timber products does TMS cover?
How do I subscribe to TMS reports?
Contact the main office at 706-542-4756 or email: tmart "at" uga.edu.
What do I need if I want to harvest my timber this year?
You may want one of the following:
- A single-state quarterly report (sample)
- A south-wide quarterly summary report (sample)
- A graph of prices and/or trends (sample)
What do I need to establish a timber basis?
An archived report for the period (sample)
How do I keep informed on timber markets?
- A Market News quarterly subscription (sample)
- One or more single state report subscription(s) (sample)
- Logging Rates and Additional Species report (sample)
What if I want trend information or to build my own database?
Order a custom trend chart or underlying data from our Excel files. Call the main office at 706-542-4756 or email tmart "at" uga.edu for pricing on data packages and/or custom data series. Click here for a list of products and TMS regions.
Why does the US South use tree-length stems?
Please visit the History page and read the "US South Timber Product Forms and History" section for information on why tree-length stems are used.
How are reported prices calculated?
Our staff provides a standard form, paper or electronic, to our reporters for reporting market activity of a broad cross section of the timber industry. Our reporters, both companies and individuals, are actively engaged in the day-to-day operation of selling and buying timber on the stump and delivering to yards and mills. From these reports, over each quarter, these data are sorted and tabulated to arrive at a grouping of price ranges, low and high. From these groupings, a simple average is obtained for each state, area, and product.
TMS publishes data gathered with diligence and from sources considered reliable. We gather and publish information as it exists and do not attempt to set or influence prices. Specific markets, because of variations in field work and time element, sometimes result in prices which are somewhat lower or higher than those published.
These are not absolute lows or highs; but an average of lows and average of highs.
Be aware that prices vary greatly depending on many factors and a reported price does not reflect the only price at which an item has been sold.