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What effect does logging (harvesting timber) have on land value?


By Chad Garteski

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

This is a very common question I get from both buyers and sellers. As the case in many situations there is not one simple response. The best answer usually comes by way of another question...what is your long term goal for the property? I do not think anyone can argue the point that a good woodland stewardship program involves planned and strategic harvest of mature timber. The key is doing so in a way that does not create an undesirable appearance, promote erosion or propagate undesirable plant growth. In many cases the most desirable (highest value) woodland parcels are those with mature, majestic hardwoods. The increased value is not so much driven by the actual timber value but rather the “state park- like” appearance. The other challenge is that recent logging activity can create a rough appearance and it often takes a year or two for the vegetation to balance out or recover. The flip side is if mature trees are not harvested, they end up rotting from the inside out and eventually fall, possibly into other desirable trees and ruining them too. A point where logging activity can improve the value of the land is by improving the access. Meaning that the logging roads/trails are done so in manner in which they can be used for access various points of the property after the fact and are created in such a way that they do not promote erosion. In summary, heavy timber harvest typically reduces the land value, whereas conservative, highly selective logging activity over time can actually improve the land value.

What are the benefits of using ICF’s for my basement?

By Lyndon Lee

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Using ICF’s offer many advantages over regular poured concrete or masonry block basement walls. Having thick insulation with built in furring strips that are already attached to a solid concrete core on each side of the wall has many benefits. The ..... 
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I am a MN resident, after taking your class and getting my permit to carry what states can I carry my firearm in?

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Minnesota residents with only a MN permit can carry in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tenne ..... 
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5 Reasons to Maximize Your Corn's Potential With a Late Season Fungicide Application

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

By Dan Miller, Agronomist at Farmer's Co-op Elevator 1. Wet conditions can create added disease pressure in your corn. 2. A fungicide application will allow you to leave the corn stand longer for wider window during harvest. 3. Protect your invest ..... 
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Make your landscape memorable

By Peggi J. Redalen

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Great design begins with your home, who you are, elements you are comfortable with and the activities of your life. Design style is as important to the exterior of your home as it is to the interior of your home. It is also complementary. Individual ..... 
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Is your land ready to sell?

By Chad Garteski

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

If you are considering selling some land there are a few things that you can do ahead of time to improve the process. A good first step is to check on the status and location of your abstract. Many land owners are unsure as to the location of their ..... 
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Steps to buying a used car:

By Scott Brunsvold

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

1. Know your shopping style. 2. Narrow down your shopping list. 3. Calculate what you can afford. 4. Do research online. 5. Know what a good price is. 6. Find financing. 7. Sell or trade your current vehicle. For the next 8 months we will diss ..... 
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Are newspaper classifieds a good way to sell something?

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Even with some newspapers concerned about losing classifieds to Craigslist, our newspaper continues to see a double-digit increase in classified ads year-after-year. I feel there are two reasons our classifieds continue to grow. First, we carefully ..... 
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What is Thermal Mass and how does it benefit walls built with ICF’s?

By Lyndon Lee

Mon, Jul 28th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

The concrete core of an ICF wall acts as a solid mass that has some unique benefits that save money on heating and cooling costs. The center monolithic concrete core is sandwiched between two layers of 2 1/2” to 3 1/4” EPS foam that separates th ..... 
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