Opalesque quoted Dr. Jacek Siry, Associate Professor of Forest Economics at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, as saying that it was a good time to invest in timberland with US prices being at historic lows.
“If you can acquire high quality timberland and create a diversified portfolio, looking down 10 to 20 years from now, you can expect very solid returns,” Dr. Siry was quoted as saying. “Long term outlook for wood and wood prices, in my opinion, is very strong and very positive.”
EcoPush GroupThe latest Timber Trends report by the Oregon-based timberland investment advisory company The Campbell Group LLC described 2013 as the “beginning of a long term bullish trend for the timber industry.”
Opalesque quoted Dr. Siry as seeing Europe as being unable to meet its increased demand for wood. He however pointed out that there were a lot of pine trees in the US South, whereas those on the US East Coast had a good access to the European market. Dr. Siry said that if an investor were to put money in Southern US timberland now, rates of return would be low, but in five to ten years the forestry investment returns could potentially reach five to eight percent.
The Campbell Group LLC sees timberlands on the US West coast as being in a better position on account of increased demand from China. The company expects increased exports to China, the world’s largest timber importer, to have a major impact on the timber market, with 12 to 22 percent of the North American lumber market likely to be affected.
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