The WoodsCamp Score

on December 31, 2016

In North America and Europe alone, over $23Bn worth of timber is purchased from small private woodlots. Yet, landowners have a great deal of difficulty understanding how the process of selling timber works.
At, we’re simplifying the process and making it possible for landowners to understand more about how to sell trees for lumber without compromising their other goals and values with tools that instantly give them an indication of what is growing on their woodlot. Folks who want to dig a little deeper can request a full report from our system.

A key element of our system’s evaluation process is The WoodsCamp Score. Our algorithm evaluates data for the property against the current timber markets and assigns a score from 1 to 1000 that describes the economic context for a harvest that aligns with a landowners’s goals.

Here’s how the scoring breaks down:

There is work to do that can yield a financial return every 5 years or less.

There is work to do that will yield a financial return every 10 years.

There is work to do, but it will likely yield a better financial return if your neighbours are on the platform. Going it alone, you’re likely to be told more stumpage is available than from WoodsCamp. Be careful, that route will likely not leave a forest standing and will set your score back to 0–200 instead of 501–600 where we’d work to get you.

A healthy forest that is growing volume that might benefit from thinning work. While financial returns from from these first thinnings will be modest, the work will add value to the property over time and improve returns over the next 10–20 years.

Merchantable timber, but too small a property to cover the costs of logging. Get your neighbours on WoodsCamp and your score is likely to go up. Their score will also be higher because you’re already here.

Early Successional Forest — requires Silviculture to become merchantable.

Recently Clearcut. No merchantable timber without input costs and time.

For landowners with scores over 500, the cost of a partial harvest with WoodsCamp — from road building to harvesting to trucking — can all be born within what the market will currently pay for timber from a harvest.

If you have a woodlot in Nova Scotia or you know someone who does, check out your WoodsCamp Score by searching the property at

You can Get Paid to Grow Your Forest.


Author: Alastair

Dad, co-founder of WoodsCamp, evangelist for technology innovation in forestry, education and rural development. Woodlot owner and proud Nova Scotian.