Forestland Group, LLC (“TFG”), formed in 1995, is
an independent timberland investment management organization (“TIMO”) which
emphasizes naturally regenerating hardwood and some softwood forests. TFG
currently manages approximately 3.6 million acres in 25 U.S. states as well as
in Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama. The firm manages its investments through a
series of limited partnerships and private REITs with a mix of both
institutional and high-net-worth investors encompassing some 130 different
entities. Headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, TFG has a corporate
office near Boston and an array of forest management offices near its land
bases. TFG was a pioneering TIMO with respect to managing its portfolio as a
Certified Resource Manager under the Forest Stewardship
CouncilTM FSC® C018151 guidelines.
TFG’s staff includes some of the nation’s leaders in forestry, forest finance, and conservation. In addition, TFG and its affiliated entities contract with independent forestry, environmental, and natural resource consulting firms to more effectively manage its timber and non-timber assets.
The firm focuses on naturally regenerating hardwood and softwood forests containing considerable volumes of intermediately aged, vigorous timber stands. Carefully administered harvesting during the management phase enables TFG to generate periodic cash flow for investors and accelerate the biological growth of the remaining timber. The primary product of the firm's acquisition and management strategies is valuable sawtimber. Using proven financial and forest management concepts, TFG creates value for investors and works to achieve attractive financial returns on diversified portfolios of forestland.
TFG targets timberland with the following characteristics:
- Natural stands of upland hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods, southern pines, mixed pine- hardwood, and northern conifers.
- Growing within the Eastern United States, with selective opportunities in Canada and Central America.
- Generally, tracts of 2,000 acres and larger.
- Located in areas with currently active or growing timber markets.
- Well-stocked stands on productive sites with reasonable operating conditions.
TFG manages the nation’s largest private portfolio of hardwood forests. This portfolio is well diversified by geographic region, markets, species mix, and age class. The firm has consummated many significant conservation sales, including both working-forest conservation easements as well as sales to public agencies.
* highlighted areas denote the counties where the properties are located
TFG believes in being a responsible steward of the land and follows the principles of sustainable forestry. Forestland management plans are designed on a tract-by-tract basis, paying careful attention to each property's unique biological habitat and diversity. The firm's goal is to seek competitive returns while maintaining the productive capacity of the forest.
The firm's management practices encourage the natural regeneration of the forest; maintain soil productivity, water quality, species diversity, wildlife habitat, and sites with significant biological, historical or archaeological value. The goal is to employ forest stand improvement techniques increasing the viability of the residual forest and to maintain the ecological integrity of the forest ecosystem.