FAQ

Who is Forest Data Network?

Forest Data Network is composed of a group of people with backgrounds in forest land ownership, the information business, and technology. FDN uses modern computer technology to compile, analyze and present real timber transactions to compile price indices by species, region and statewide.

Is pricing data available for my state?

At the outset, data is available only for the State of Wisconsin. If you would like us to prioritize you state, please e-mail us at info@forestdatanetwork.com

How accurate is the pricing data?

The pricing data is an index based on thousands of real transactions. But it is an index and may not reflect the value of timber on a particular piece of land because of variations in log quality, mill location logging and trucking costs and other factors. Our index prices may be higher or lower than prices paid on a particular parcels. Index prices make a useful bench mark, enable you to make comparisons and make trends clear.

How often are the reports published?

The frequency of updating depends on the harvest volumes and harvest frequency in the region. The regions with higher volume and harvest frequency are updated at least 3 times annually (these are mainly in northern Wisconsin). The less frequent and lower volume areas are updated at least annually because of the lesser harvest frequency (and their report price is discounted because of this).

How recent is the data in each report?

For regions with lots of harvest volume, the information was updated about quarterly. For regions with little volume, the information was gathered within the last year.

How many years of trailing data are included?

Each region (and the statewide information) contains 10 years of index pricing information for the species harvested there in commercial volume.

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