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Josh Cruse, owner and operator of 9 West Timber and Consulting, is a highly trained hunting and forestry consultant. He began his career experience working alongside his father’s Indiana logging company and assisting his father with buying and selling timber and real estate. He has continued to expand his knowledge of the timber industry for the past 15 years. He has experience running heavy equipment, cutting timber, managing a logging crew, and managing a sawmill and log yard. He gained invaluable knowledge from being around and working with seasoned professional foresters, timber buyers, log buyers, veneer buyers, timber cutters, skidder operators, semi-drivers and knuckleboom operators. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly as far as the timber industry is concerned. Even though he owns and operates his own logging equipment, he believes that being a professional consulting forester is the most simplistic and honest way of serving his timberland owners throughout the Midwest. Occasionally, he will purchase standing timber at the request of his clients. His experience in the timber industry has proved extremely valuable in relating to a landowners needs and expectations, and also helping them to better understand the process of selling standing timber.

For most timberland owners, a standing timber sale can be a life changing decision. Most older timberland owners may only harvest standing timber once or twice in their lifetime. Therefore, the decision of how to sell standing timber and when to sell standing timber can often be the most important. Whether you chose to use a timber buyer, a logging company, or a professional consulting forester, it is an important decision. Our hope is that this site will help you weigh out the pros and cons by explaining the differences of each approach.

Josh married his wife, Carah, in 2003 and together they have three young children. He enjoys making his own schedule to make the most of his time with his family. Shortly after birth, their middle child, Malakai, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia. As a result of the liver disease, he went into liver failure and became a liver transplant recipient at only seven months old. The company name, 9 West, was named after the floor Malakai recovered on after his transplant at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. You can visit to see more of his transplant story.

Growing up around his parents’ antique shop, Josh has a knowledge and love for antiques. He’s an avid deer, turkey, duck, and squirrel hunter. He also enjoys being outdoors, camping, and hiking. His love of traveling resulted in his scuba diving certification.

We are proud supporters of the Make a Wish Foundation of Indiana., Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee Florida, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the American Liver Foundation. To find out how to support any of these wonderful causes, please email Carah117@yahoo.comWe support the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Team Malakai

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