Wildlife Plots – What Should I Plant? by Mark Buxton

In our travels looking at land, timber and recreational properties, we meet many interesting people with a variety of talents and expertise. Recently, I met Mark Buxton, who is a very talented professional in the area of habitat management. Mark’s expertise is manipulating and enhancing wildlife habitat to promote trophy bucks, turkeys, ducks, quail and other species of game all around the country. He created one of the most successful hunting properties in the southeast. This resulted in Mark being awarded the inaugural Al Brothers Deer Manager of the Year Award from the Quality Deer Management Association. After spending a half day on one of our larger more diverse properties we have for sale, it was clear to me that Mark’s knowledge and character made me want to develop a relationship with him. I asked Mark if he would let me post a few short simple articles on our web site to stimulate some thought to our readers and he agreed to share some with us. This is the first of hopefully many articles that we hope you will enjoy, help you with your wildlife, and raise some questions for Mark or myself. Mark’s contact information will be at the end of all articles and many thanks to you, Mark. [Read more…]

Types of Timber Sales & Making Your Sale a Success

The more information you have to process, the better advice you can render. Timber inventories should show the volumes of the various products and the date the inventory was completed. It is also very important to know who conducted the inventory. In many instances, the stand type map is developed from the cruise map drawn in the field while taking the data for the inventory. Information like where to put log decks, locating ridges to put roads, location for wildlife areas and mapping out streamside management zones can be obtained while inventorying the timber. From the inventory, the forester can apply the current market prices of the timber. If it has been several years since the inventory, the stand can be grown and current volumes can be projected. This same method can be applied to determine the tax basis by discounting the growth back to the time of acquisition. Timber inventories can be used for financial projections and applied to estate planning and a world of other analysis. Management plans are developed with this type of data as it provides the information necessary to plan with. [Read more…]

What Is Involved In A Timber Inventory

There are certain things you need to know before starting to cruise timber. The forester must know the various timber products, size specifications and markets. Timber products include pine pulpwood, pine saw timber, pine poles, pine chip-n-saw, hardwood pulpwood and hardwood saw timber with different size specifications for each of the products. Hardwood saw timber can be subdivided into an enormous variety of products themselves. [Read more…]

Your Land & Timber Investments – When Knowledge Really Counts

Timber values can range from a few hundred dollars per acre to several thousand dollars per acre. It takes a trained eye to evaluate the volume of wood and someone in touch and current with the timber market to be sure that you or your client capture the full value of your timber investment. There are several methods of inventorying timber and several ways to ensure you are getting the highest values for your timber. Green Hill Land & Timber, LLC uses these methods and other tools necessary to inventory or cruise timber. Our initial inspection can generate a lot of excellent information and knowledge that the landowner can utilize. Though we specilize in timberland, farm land and recreational land, it may be that the highest and best use of your land may not be timberland and you need to know that, too. Many times we have seen landowners hesitant to employ foresters to inventory their timber investment. They feel that the fee is too high or they want to save the commission expense for selling the timber. These Landowners had rather negotiate the sale even though there have been tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars lost by people not having an accurate and current inventory. [Read more…]

Best & worst of Times by Porter Martin

Here is another of Porter Martin’s articles reflecting on “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom…” . My good friend Porter, who I met years ago in the Realtors Land Institute, always finds the golden egg of hope and prosperity in his words. Looking back in history and understanding the ups and downs or cycles of our economy and global economy, helps us gain perspective. This perspective is vitally important as we traverse some very unsettling times. Like Porter reflects, I believe in land as a solid investment that will endure through the best and worst of times and will have no fear of bad news. I hope you enjoy his article as much as I. [Read more…]

How Biofuels Benefit by Porter Martin

There is no dought that we, as individuals and a nation, are absolutely affected by oil and enrgy cost. As fuel prices have exceeded $4.00 a gallon, cost of doing business and our personal budgets, have been dramatically affected. Once again, Porter Martin has done an excellent job with his words of wisdom. Our nations dependence on foriegn crude oil, in the short run and the long term, must be harnessed. It is clear that America has the reserves and the technology for alternative means of energy. Porter’s article does an excellent job of explaining the benefits, both short term and long, of biofuels. The use of biofuels, as it pertains to our land values, provides further proof that land is a solid investment. Porters attention is directed more on the use of grain but in our local area, we have already noticed activity in utilizing wood fiber as a source of biofuel. This will create stronger demand for land and timber thus affecting value of you land and timber investments. Please enjoy Porter’s article and used the link to his company’s web site if you wish. [Read more…]

IRS Code 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange

Tax deferred exchanges of like–kind property are useful to defer capital gains tax and thereby leverage the sale proceeds to purchase a more productive replacement property. The U.S. Treasury Regulations allow taxpayers to buy replacement properties before selling the relinquished property. Exchanges can also be simultaneous with the sale of property or deferred through use of a qualified intermediary. [Read more…]

Giving Thanks by Porter Martin

Every now and then we read something that is so moving you want to share it with everyone you know. My good friend Porter Martin with Martin, Goodrich & Waddell, Inc. of the Illinois area with a global reach has written an article for their Fall 2007 newsletter “Seasons” that just has to be shared. Through the years my association with the Realtors Land Institute has provided me the opportunity to meet incredibly talented people like Porter that continually raise the bar of excellence. In a time of media concocted hype, Porter has looked beyond and found a truly inspirational and optimistic view of global demand and a positive outlook for our US Ag Economy. Thank you Porter for letting us share this with our readers. [Read more…]