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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Forestry > Licensed Timber Buyers Licensed Timber Buyers

The Licensed Timber Buyers, or 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 prosecution of unlicensed buyers, and the resolution of timber theft cases, are coordinated through the LTB program.

The Timber Buyers Licensing Law requires all buyers of standing timber and their agents to be licensed with the Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry. Licenses cost $125 each ($105 filing fee and a $20 certificate fee) and agent's cards are $10 each. Licensed Timber Buyers must also be bonded. The bond is used to pay the timber grower for timber purchased by a buyer, but not paid for, and for timber wrongfully cut and not paid for. The amount of the bond depends on the amount of timber the buyer expects to purchase for the year (bond amounts range from $2,000 to $20,000). Buyers must apply for a new license each year.

A monthly Licensed Timber Buyer's Bulletin is published as part of the LTB Program. The bulletin is useful to both timber buyers and timber growers. It includes notices of sale of timber, forest products and related service. The bulletin also includes a classified advertisement section and articles on how to avoid situations that lead to the wrongful taking of trees.

Looking for a Timber Buyer or Agent?

Licensed timber buyers and their agents can now be found online by using our licensing database. Anyone with internet access (at home or at a local library) can look up this information. This allows landowners, foresters, and others to make sure their bidders have active licenses or agent cards, or if they have expired. The website is only 3-5 seconds behind changes in the database, so you know the information on the website is up-to-date.

Click on Timber Buyers and enter your search criteria to view company information or click on
Agents to view individuals.

The Goals of the Licensed Timber Buyers Program are:

  • To protect timber growers from unscrupulous buying practices
  • Efficiently provide services to the licensed timber buyers and timber growers of Indiana
  • Investigate all timber trespasses and thefts on all state-owned properties in an unbiased manner, and actively pursue restitution or prosecution in cases involving violations.
  • Assist Conservation Officers and county prosecutors in cases involving criminal prosecutions when these investigations involve timber.
  • Cooperate with the DNR Division of Hearings and with DNR attorneys in administrative actions involving alleged violations of the Indiana Timber Buyer Licensing Law. Attend hearings and conferences, furnish technical expertise and promote dialogue that results in understanding and settlement.
  • Publish monthly LTB Bulletin.
  • Since its inception, the program has reduced the amount of timber theft on private and public lands.

For more information about the Licensed Timber Buyers program or to receive an application for a timber buyers 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
Email: dmccoy@dnr.in.gov