Florida’s El Maximo Ranch Sells
January 31, 2019

www.landreport.com January 28, 2019 by Eric OKeefe, After a three-generation run, the cattle kingdom that LATT MAXCY built comes to an end. South Carolinian by birth, Latimer “Latt” Maxcy (1887-1971) was an empire builder, the sort of individual who changed not only his own destiny but that of those around him. During his career, he […]

Texas Tycoons, Dan and Farris Wilks, Selling Montana Ranch Holdings
January 31, 2019

Billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks put four ranches on market; they also have holdings in Idaho, By BRETT FRENCH Of the Billings Gazette Jan 25, 2019 BILLINGS, Mont. — Four Montana ranches acquired by billionaire Texas brothers Dan and Farris Wilks are being sold by their own real estate company. Wilks Ranch Brokers, based […]

650 Louisiana Employees Impacted by Georgia-Pacific Paper Company Closure
January 31, 2019

WGNO ABC Affiliate, New Orleans JANUARY 10, 2019, BY VICTORIA CRISTINA, PORT HUDSON, LA – Georgia-Pacific announced today the dismissal of 650 workers due to a partial company shut down. Sources say after an assessment of the company’s long-term competitive position, the decision was made to exit the communication papers business. With this, the company […]

Louisiana’s Soybean Farmers Struggle with Rainy Harvest, Ongoing Chinese Tariffs
January 31, 2019

www.theadvocate.com The Acadiana Advocate, BY ELLYN COUVILLION | ECOUVILLION@THEADVOCATE.COM, JAN 27, 2019, With roughly five weeks left in a “timeout” truce between the U.S. and China in their tariff wars, soybean farmers in Louisiana and elsewhere in the country remain in a holding pattern. Months after China, which historically buys about 60 percent of Louisiana’s […]

Texas Renewables Company, Encina Development Group, Looks to Expand Into Alabama
January 31, 2019

www.al.com Posted January 24, 2019, By William Thornton | wthornton@al.com, Alabama is in the sights of a Texas-based renewables company formed this week. Encina Development Group is forming Encina Renewables to consolidate its activities in the renewables sector, the company said. The new company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is also looking at project site locations […]

Opinion: Expert: Hurricane-Hit Timber Industry Needs Years to Recover
January 24, 2019

BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS JANUARY 22, 2019 TALLAHASSEE, FLA. It could take a decade or more for Florida’s timber industry to recover from Hurricane Michael’s devastation, and the countless downed trees pose an immediate wildfire threat, Forida Forest Service Director Jim Karels told a Senate committee Tuesday. Karels told the Senate Agriculture Committee that […]

Idaho State Endowment Buys $42MM Worth of Timberland in Northern Idaho
January 24, 2019

www.idahopress.com By BETSY Z. RUSSELL brussell@idahopress.com Jan 17, 2019 BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands on Thursday announced a major purchase of timberland in North Idaho, adding 32,160 acres in five counties to the state endowment’s timberland portfolio. The endowment is using money earned by the sale at auction of formerly state-owned lake cabin […]

How Much Can Forests Fight Climate Change?
January 24, 2019

www.nature.com Trees are supposed to slow global warming, but growing evidence suggests they might not always be climate saviours. 15 JANUARY 2019, Gabriel Popkin, When it comes to fighting global warming, trees have emerged as one of the most popular weapons. With nations making little progress controlling their carbon emissions, many governments and advocates have […]

Can Genetic Engineering Save Disappearing Forests?
January 23, 2019

www.news.ncsu.edu January 18, 2019, Jason A. Delborne, North Carolina State University Compared to gene-edited babies in China and ambitious projects to rescue woolly mammoths from extinction, biotech trees might sound pretty tame. But releasing genetically engineered trees into forests to counter threats to forest health represents a new frontier in biotechnology. Even as the techniques […]

Next Enviva Mill May Be Lucedale (MS)
January 12, 2019

Logger News Online Newsletter: January 2019 In early January George County and Jackson County in Mississippi each voted to approve incentive packages, which are contingent on Enviva making a final investment decision to proceed with building a wood pellet mill at Lucedale and a shipping terminal at Pascagoula, respectively. The final investment decision may be […]

Behind Lumber’s Collapse: A Perfect Storm of Housing and Trade
January 6, 2019

WSJ, January 2, 2019 Remember those tariffs and the panic over the rising price of Canadian lumber? You can forget it now. Lumber has, in a word, collapsed. The Wall Street Journal reports: Since hitting $639 per 1,000 board feet on May 17, futures lost nearly half their value. Lumber ended at $332.50 on the […]

Timber Farms in Florida, Georgia Suffering After Hurricane Michael
January 6, 2019

www.insurancejournal.com By Karl Etters, January 2, 2019, Strewn in gnarled piles from Florida’s Gulf Coast up through South Georgia, the livelihood of timber farmers is on the ground. And, after the ravaging buzz saw of Hurricane Michael in early October, it will be a while until they begin to bounce back to prominence. Michael’s path […]