In article <1998082322561000.SAA22176 at ladder03.news.aol.com>,
wudman69 at aol.com says...
> The above post is not indicitive of the Southern U.S. Timber or timberland in
> the South is a viable and fairly safe investment. Many areas of the south are
> harvesting plantation wood on a 20-25 year rotation. Here in Virginia, we are
> commercially thinning stands of loblolly pine as early as 12 years of age.
> Many investors are taking advantage of these opportunities in the South.
Short rotation timber is just biomass, with little intrinsic value or
biomass. There's nothing to do with a 12-year tree but feed it into a
chipper or maybe make a $2 fencepost.
It's true that the south is a great area for growing pulp. At $20 to $30
a ton, you better have a lot of it.