I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on T.V and I did not stay in a Holliday Inn Express last night, but I'm originally from W.V. and yes you can sell timber, minerial or just coal rights if you want in W.V. I once owned the coal rights to1526 acers in Barbour County, W.V. I inhereted the rights from my grandfather who was given them as payment for a debt. Owning the rights to the coal also gave me the right to mine the coal. It didn't mattter what was on the surface, house, pasture or what, I had the right to get the coal. So yep, he can sell the timber rights. I'm not sure how the "lifetime" thing works. I've seen the Government purchase land for a wilderness preserve and give the former owners "lifetime rights" to use and /or live on the land untill their death or untill they otherwise relinquish those rights.