Corporations, investment groups (REITs and TEMOs) and the individuals invest money in timberlands instead of Stocks or Mutual Funds. Timberlands offer a safer, hard asset that provides greater protection against inflation. Southern Forestry and Wildlife, LLC is here to provide assistance to owners to ensure a maximum return on investment. Today’s investment models on plantation loblolly pine in southeastern US show returns over 10% compounded annually over a 30-year period. However, one might not want to wait 30-years to capitalize on an investment. Uneven aged pine timber management is another management technique we use to manage timberlands. In uneven aged, we selectively remove trees from a stand to maintain an age distribution of younger, more vigorous growing trees every 7 to 10 years. The investment returns for uneven age management are lower than intensive plantation management; however the advantage for uneven aged management is the continuous income every 7 to 10 years.
Also with changes in the timber markets, demand for hardwood products has increased. Hardwood growth is on average more than 60% less than that of pine. However, hardwood product prices and property characteristics can justify growing hardwood trees over pine. Since these trees grow slower than pine resulting in longer harvesting rotations, the management of these stands allow for few to zero mistakes. With this being said, it is important to have a manager that has the knowledge to manage hardwood forest to receive a respectable return.