1st Qtr 2019 Timberland Investment Commentary by Dodd Williams, CFA
April 4, 2019

Market Commentary When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position – The Art of War (Sun Tzu) While the Canadian forest industry might take exception to the analogy, their infiltration of the U.S. South’s sawmills has been slow, methodical and under the radar. […]

Michael Changed Forests, Full Impact Unknown
April 4, 2019

Panama City News Herald, March 31, 2019, By Katie Landeck, PANAMA CITY — There isn’t a lot of shade left in the forest. Hundreds of thousands of trees snapped like matchsticks during Hurricane Michael, recreating the very fabric of the woodland environment. Streams and small rivers were disrupted by the hundreds of small dams the […]

Changing Timber Markets Challenge Producers
March 29, 2019

MagnoliaReporter.com, March 29, 2019 Market opportunities, management practices and tax incentives were among the topics presented at the 34th Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum held recently at the LSU Shreveport University Center. “It’s not what you want to grow or how you want to grow it, but who is going to take it,” said LSU AgCenter forest […]

MetLife Investment Management Reaches Record $5.0 Billion of Global Agricultural Mortgage Production for 2018
March 28, 2019

Business Wire, WHIPPANY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MetLife Investment Management (MIM), MetLife, Inc.’s (NYSE: MET) institutional asset management business, announced today that it originated $5.0 billion in global agricultural loans in 2018, a 72.4% increase over the prior year, and a record amount for MIM. This strong production propelled MIM’s total agricultural mortgage loan assets under management to […]

Opinion: Working Forests Benefit Us All
March 20, 2019

The Blackshear Times, By Dotty S. Porter, March 20, 2019, Thursday is day to recognize how much timberland means to our area Forests are connected to our day-to-day routine in more ways than we could possibly imagine. Every time you drink a glass of water, breathe in fresh air, write in a notebook or even […]

Alabama Tornadoes Caused Nearly $6MM in Timber Losses
March 18, 2019

www.insurancejournal.com, March 18, 2019, The Alabama Forestry Commission estimates timber losses caused by deadly tornadoes on March 3 at nearly $5.9 million. That’s almost $1,000 per acre of timberland damaged by two or three tornadoes in Macon, Lee and Barbour counties. A report posted on the commission’s website says the twisters destroyed more than 149,000 […]

Opinion: The best way to preserve forests? Use trees.
March 14, 2019

The Hill, By Representative Bruce Westerman (R – Arkansas), March 14, 2019, Regardless of your political ideology or where you fall on the environmental spectrum, we can agree on one thing: American public land needs healthy forests and the more public and private land we can dedicate to sustainable growing trees, the better our environment […]

Hurricane Leaves Behind Major Fire Threat for Florida Panhandle
March 12, 2019

Fox 13 News Posted March 12, 2019, TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) – Forestry officials expressed concerns Tuesday that Northwest Florida communities still struggling from a deadly hurricane in October will soon face the threat of massive wildfires and flooding. Depending on how much debris isn’t cleared or picked up, the state could face costly new disasters, […]

Opinion: Georgia Timber Industry Hurt by Storms, Driver Shortage But There’s Reason to be Optimistic
March 10, 2019

The Macon (GA) Telegraph, By Maggie Lee, March 10, 2019, ATLANTA – The timber plots that blanket something near two-thirds of Georgia are, for their owners, a retirement, or a kid’s school tuition maybe, or maybe a rainy day fund. Most Georgia timberland is held by relatively small, often family, enterprises. And when Hurricane Michael […]

SC Forests are Protected for Trapping Carbon, With a Little Help From California
March 9, 2019

The Post and Courier, By Chloe Johnson, cjohnson@postandcourier.com, Mar 9, 2019, South Carolina and California have little in common politically, but the Golden State’s laws are protecting the Palmetto State’s trees. California’s cap and trade program, which took effect in 2013, is the nation’s most expansive regulatory scheme aimed at fighting climate change in part […]

Loggers React To Disaster In Florida: `Pray For The Best, Prepare For The Worst’
February 20, 2019

Timber Harvesting and Forest Operations, March/April 2019 edition, By Jessica Johnson, LYNN HAVEN, FLORIDA, After seeing the devastation for my¬self, I don’t know where to start: I spent three and a half hours riding around the cities of Lynn Haven and Panama City, Fla. and fought tears in January-90 days after the storm. When I […]

Opinion: How to Decarbonize America — and the World: A Roadmap for a Viable Green New Deal
February 18, 2019

techcrunch.com By Ramez Naam, he Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about – and aspiration for – ambitious climate policy than at any point in at least a decade. I’m glad to see it. Suddenly, climate is on the agenda, and ambitions for climate policy are higher than perhaps […]