Selecting Your Timberland Investment/Timberland Management
By now you should realize some of the benefits that make timberland an excellent investment. The combination of increased demand for wood fiber and stable supply are your friends.
The ability of a tract of land to actually grow trees is a critical consideration. Like any other crop, the soils located on a tract of land can predetermine the volume of timber that can grow and the speed with which it will grow. This is often referred to as the site index of a tract of land.
When you are ready to make a timberland investment, we have the soil maps and other information available in our office so that we can help you find a tract of land that has a very good site index, which will improve your return on your investment. As a timberland investor, you benefit from that.
Additionally, professionally managed timberland is of great benefit to the timberland investor. Un-managed timberland might be just a marginal investment. How does one manage timberland?
Often we talk with folks whose view is that “all dirt is dirt and all trees are trees”. However, there is a remarkable difference. Not all soils are BEST suited for timberland. Likewise, some timber is pretty but worthless and other tracts of timber have tremendous value. But even with the very best of soils and a good planting of loblolly pine seedlings, professional management can greatly enhance the return on the investment.
We hope that the information we have shared in this series has been beneficial to you in making the decision to invest in timberland. We believe doing so will make you look brilliant over the next 10 years. Call us, at Grant Massie Land Company, we love helping our clients look brilliant.