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Navigating forestland transactions. An article by Vice President Bret Vicary, PHD, MAI, in The Consultant

The mass sale of forestlands across the United States by the forest industry has provided the resources to fuel surging interest in forestland as a financial asset. Nowadays, most of the investment-grade forest assets changing hands across the nation are being scarfed up by Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The TIMOs represent mainly institutional investors such as public and private pension funds, endowments, foundations and high-net-worth investors. Hedge funds and other private equity investors are getting into the game too. In certain regions of the country, privately held forest industry is acquiring timberlands too. Finally, non-profit investors such as The Nature Conservancy, local land trusts, and public agencies are increasingly part of the investor pool. Read more

 

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