The Forest Biometrics Research Institute and Western Forestry and Conservation Association are surveying Pacific Northwest foresters on the operating costs for growing and harvesting trees. We are looking to collect average costs for site prep, planting, brush control, precommercial thinning, and harvesting/hauling. All answers will be anonymous, grouped into averages, and not tied to any specific ownership.

The compiled survey results will be available to anyone who requests them at the end of the survey. In addition, we plan to compare the 2019 survey data with data collected from two prior surveys. Survey respondents who have made a request for results, will also receive this cost trend analysis.

We hope you will take the time to contribute information to this valuable set of data to establish a current baseline for operational forestry costs. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Dan Opalach at (971) 940-2409 or

Download the PDF to your computer using the link below and complete the survey.
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Click here to download the 2019 Silviculture and Harvesting Cost Survey(PDF)