Timber value from wildfires
Hello, I am a property owner in Detroit whom suffered a home loss in the recent fires. I would like a better understanding of the potential timber value of the standing trees on not only my property, but all effected properties in my neighborhood and town. This is why I ask; we have been offered the option of free governmental assurance with cleanup which includes removal of hazardous trees. Though I appreciate that this assistance is being offered, I also question what appears to be signing off all rights to potential timbers values for the community. I understand that an OSU representative visit my neighborhood and estimated that most likely all the trees would need to be removed. I have often gazed at the trees on our property knowing that their timber value could (past tense?) be great considering their condition, but never intended to touch them unless they became an imminent hazard. Unfortunately, I believe the time has come. Individually, our property could not fell these (likely) valuable trees without placing them on neighboring properties or in the NFS land. So, individually I understand that cost of removal for only one property may be considered a net loss. But, what about when a neighborhood of trees must be removed? Are we handing the values of the timber over to some contractors whom will not only be paid to remove them, but also enjoy profit from their timber value? Your thoughts and opinion are highly appreciated.
Marion County Oregon