Conservation

  • The Forestland Group (TFG) is no stranger to managing the whole forest, including the conservation attributes.   While the forest stand dynamics are the core component of our management strategy, TFG balances the entire ecosystem when making forest management decisions.  This approach leads to a balanced investment and is oriented toward increasing the incremental return by monetizing the timber and non-timber values.
  • Through our consistent delivery of successful conservation strategies, TFG has been recognized as a leader in the sustainable forestry space. In 2005, TFG was selected as one of three winners of a Corporate Sustainable Standard Setter Award by the Rainforest Alliance in recognition of leadership in the movement toward sustainable certification.
  • In contrast to planted silvicultural systems, TFG’s management is based on natural regeneration. Relying on longer rotation lengths and natural systems, sustainable forest management is the foundation of TFG’s silvicultural practices.
  • TFG manages forestland in some of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems. In Belize, TFG manages over 200,000 acres of the largest intact tropical forest area between North and South America. TFG partners with adjacent landowners, interested archeological research groups, and the University of Belize to ensure effective communication with stakeholders and access to information about local resources. The forest management is third-party certified with a special emphasis on the biodiversity and archeological attributes.
  • In addition to optimizing forest resources, TFG’s working-forest management objectives are often aligned with multiple-use conservation objectives. Through Working-Forest Conservation Easements (WFCE), TFG cooperates with federal, state, and local conservation groups to create partnerships that protect ecologically sensitive watersheds, biological diversity, recreational access, and jobs for the local economies, while simultaneously managing the habitat as a working forest.
  • WFCEs are often used to protect private productive forestland, while maintaining the lands as working forest. For example, a WFCE can add language that guides forest management in order to protect specified forest values. They can protect property-specific forest values by prohibiting damaging forest practices and encouraging management practices that promote a desired forest type. They can also protect landscape values by encouraging management of a forest in relation to its surroundings. Further, WFCEs can address broader societal goals, such as sustaining a forest economy and the regional community that depends upon it, by protecting the productive forest base.
  • From TFG’s inception, WCFEs have been a tool in TFG’s transactions portfolio.

To learn more about some of TFG’s key conservation transactions: 

1999- Transaction involving Champion International

2002- Glatfelter 

2005- Livable Delaware Campaign

2005- Big Two Hearted River

  • TFG opportunistically pursues dispositions to conservation organizations as well as federal and state entities so that contiguous blocks of forest can be conserved for their multiple uses.

To learn more about TFG’s key disposition conservation transactions:

2003-  Sale to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

2003- Sale to the National Park Service (NPS)

2007- Sale to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)