Larry Caldwell wrote:
>> 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.
>> -- Larry
It doesn't have to be profitable - the pulp- as long as the upstream
products are profitable- paper. If the paper companies own the pulp
lands, they can play with the numbers and make it look profitable or
NOT, depending on their accountants. But paper is a BIG business and
always will be because you can't import ordinary paper from our "slave"
factories in China, it's too expensive to transport- unlike those $150