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Timber harvests and log consumption have been shifting

Timber harvests and log consumption have been shifting | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Harvests of timber in Europe have remained practically unchanged for three years at around 370 million m3 annually, according to the UNECE.


A closer look at the timber harvest trends for Central Europe the past ten years reveals the interesting development that the average annual harvests in the “Central West” region (Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland) were 15 % higher in the five years between 2003 through 2007 than between 2008 and 2012. During the same period, the timber removals in the “Central East” region (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia) increased four percent, and this region now harvests more than the “Central West”, a reversal from the historical position when more timber was removed in the western countries, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.


Not only has log production fallen in the “Central West” region the past five years, but so has log consumption by the forest industry, which was down on average nine percent during the 2008-2012 period as compared to 2003-2007. In the “Central East”, log consumption fell only two percent during the same time period.

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The Next 100 Years of Forests in the U.S. - Growing the Forests We Want and Need

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U.S. Timberlands: Who Owns Them And Where Are They?

U.S. Timberlands: Who Owns Them And Where Are They? | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The four Timber REITs own about 17 million acres of land in the U.S. These acres are at the core of the Timber REIT business. This sounds like a pretty big number. I thought it might be interesting to look at all of the timberlands in the U.S., see who owns them, and see where they are located.

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So, to summarize:

  1. 23% of the total acres in the U.S. are commercial timberland.
  2. Between 1% and 2% are owned by timber REITs or other publicly traded companies.
  3. The vast majority of private timberlands are owned by small landowners.
  4. The South and the Pacific Northwest account for about 57% of private timberland acres and 75% of harvest volume.
  5. Public ownership accounts for about 12% of timberland acres
  6. Public timberlands are, for all practical purposes, manages as parks rather than for timber production.
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2013 US Timberland Ownership: Descriptive Statistics

2013 US Timberland Ownership: Descriptive Statistics | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

According to Forisk tracking of timberland ownership in the United States, 117 firms currently own or manage in excess of 100,000 acres of timberland. These firms feature the following descriptive statistics:

  • As a group, they own/manage 86.2 million acres of timberland.
  • On average, they own/manage 736,589 acres of timberland.
  • The median ownership is 312,000 acres.

Assuming an average per acre value of $1,500, each firm owns or manages on average $1.1 billion in timberland assets.

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Jeffrey Wikle's comment, April 4, 2013 9:20 AM
I think there is some overlap for AFM, which manages a lot of FIA timberland. AFM is a forestry consultant. All the rest on the list, perhaps with the exception of Wagner, are purely TIMOs or REITs.
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Report shows 100 biomass power projects came online in 2012

Report shows 100 biomass power projects came online in 2012 | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects has released its latest Energy Infrastructure Update, which includes data through Dec. 2012. The update includes statistics on a variety of energy types, including biomass.

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Report highlights also point out that Rollcast Energy Inc.’s 60.5 MW biomass-fueled Piedmont Green Power in Barnesville, Ga., is now online. The facility will take in 500,000 tons of woody biomass feedstock annually. The feedstock is comprised of urban wood waste, as well as mill and logging solid waste. Power generated at the plant is being sold to Georgia Power Co. under a long-term contract.


Verso Paper’s 25 MW biomass-fueld Bucksport Mill expansion was also brought online. The facility, located in Bucksport, Maine, utilizes papermaking byproduct and logging wood waste as feedstock. Electricity generated at the plant will be used to power the mill, with excess sold to the local grid. 

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