As mentioned last week, this week we are looking at the advantages of a "forestry survey" in comparison to an actual registered survey. A forestry survey is really just marking the boundary lines of a property. It is not a legal means of determining property lines and corners. It is also not something that can be recorded or used for any legal purpose. Mostly, a forestry survey is a physical marking of the lines and corners of a property.
If you stomp around the woods enough your likely to see forestry markings in blue on trees. These are intended to depict property lines. Many times they are put in or refreshed prior to a harvest. In Real Estate they can be a useful tool to mark lines at a lesser cost than a survey. Most foresters will only mark lines on "square" properties(lines running in a cardinal direction) with standard (not metes and bounds) legal descriptions. These lines are usually very accurate, but a forester is limited in their scope of marking properties. Small parcels with irregular lines and descriptions are difficult for a forestry survey and should be left to a professional surveyor.
When a Seller is looking to market a property it is wise to have the boundaries defined. On larger acreage parcels that aren't already well marked, a forestry survey is great. For a Buyer purchasing a parcel that isn't marked this same service can be vital in verifying exactly what is being sold. The advantage of this service is a cost savings that can be 1/5 or even 1/10 of the cost of a survey. Let's take a look at some instances where we recommend a forestry survey instead of a registered survey.
- When remarking lines that already exist.
- For parcel with "simple" legal descriptions. Mainly larger acreage (10 acres or more).
- If there is not plans for development, or no development near the boundaries.
- If the parcel is very large, because the cost savings will be greater.
- For timberland where other forestry services may be needed and contracted for at the same time.
- As a temporary means of determining approximate borders.