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The Licensed Timber Buyer’s (LTB) Program was created in 1972 to administer and coordinate the Indiana Timber Buyer Licensing Law (I.C. 25-36.5). The law, sponsored by the forest products industry, was created to reduce the amount of timber theft occurring in the state. Timber theft, or cutting trees from a forest and removing the logs without paying the landowner, was a large and growing problem during that time. The goals of the LTB program are the administration of the LTB law, assistance to timber growers of wrongfully harvested timber, the resolution of such cases, and be a communication hub for the forest products community as a whole. The purpose of the program is to protect the timber growers of Indiana from outright theft and dubious business practices, and to protect the integrity of the forest products industry from those few that would tarnish it.
The LTB Law requires all buyers of timber and their agents to be licensed with the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry. Licenses cost $125 each and agent's cards are $10 each. Licensed Timber Buyers must also be bonded. The bond is used in case a buyer does not pay a court ordered restitution to the landowner. The amount of the bond depends on the amount of timber the buyer purchased the prior year (bond amounts range from $2,000 to $20,000, starting January 1, 2017 the bonds will change to range from $5,000 to $50,000). Timber Buyers and their Agents must renew their licenses each calendar year.
A monthly LTB Bulletin is published as part of the LTB Program. The bulletin is useful to timber buyers, foresters, and timber growers. It includes notices of the sale of timber, forest products and related services. The bulletin also includes a classified advertisement section and articles that are pertinent to the sale and purchasing of timber in Indiana and things that might be affecting the trees, such as invasive insects.
For more information about the LTB program or to receive an application for a Timber Buyer’s license, contact Duane McCoy, Timber Buyer Licensing Forester, at:
Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington Street, Room W296
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-4112