Timber merchants are professionals involved in the cultivation, preparation and sale of various types of lumber and timber. Timber merchants focus on a specific area of the timber industry, such as securing and selling reclaimed timber or are involved with timber harvesting and preparation. Timber merchants address every aspect of the timber business. Timber merchants must be proficient in the science of forestry. Timber merchants take into account time management, how long it takes for new plantings to reach maturity, what is needed to promote proper care during the growth period, and how to harvest the timber to best advantage.