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Maine must decide future of interior forest: highway, park, or something else?

Maine must decide future of interior forest: highway, park, or something else? | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The woodlands of central Maine, long dominated by logging and papermaking, are in the midst of a painful shift. Timber firms are abandoning the state, selling off vast tracts of pine and spruce. The disruption raises the question of what should come next: a transition to a tourism-based economy, or an all-out effort to bring in new industries.

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'Sustainable' is difficult to accomplish and hard to define

'Sustainable' is difficult to accomplish and hard to define | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
Sustainable is the environmental buzz word of the decade. The word is typically coupled with environmental resources regarding their maintenance, stewardship and long-term use. But what does it really mean?
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The St. Joe Company (JOE) Shares Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Neutral”

The St. Joe Company (St. Joe) is a real estate development company. The Company owns approximately 577,000 acres of land concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida. St. Joe is engaged in town and resort development, commercial and industrial development and rural land sales. It also has interests in timber.

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The Range Fuels Fiasco Revisited

The Range Fuels Fiasco Revisited | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on another government failure in political venture capital.
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Timberland Preemption [opinion]

Timberland Preemption [opinion] | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Maybe it's me, but this paragraph from a cover letter to Wells Timberland's annual investor update reads like it's preparing investors for some unpleasant valuation news...

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Timberland's valuation will be subject to a variety of factors, many of which will be company-specific, and not directly related to the timber markets. To me, it looks as if the macro economic outlook for timber, via a housing recovery, is the best it's been in a long time.

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Major timberland sales top $200 million at year-end

Major timberland sales top $200 million at year-end | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

[Editor: nice summary and commentary from RISI]

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Timber ETFs To Benefit From Housing Recovery

Timber ETFs To Benefit From Housing Recovery | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
Timber ETFs To Benefit From Housing Recovery-Any pickup in the housing construction and remodeling activities will result in increased demand for wood.
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Buy a 2-by-4, help the economy

Buy a 2-by-4, help the economy | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

"It has taken only six years to lose 294,000 jobs in the timber industry. From Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore., more than 1,000 sawmills have closed permanently with a loss of $7 billion in wages."

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