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Profile of Owners

Timberland owner Frank Morris, courtesy of

Timberland is owned by more than 10 million individuals and families in America

  • In 2000, the forest products industry nationwide owned 51.8 million acres, and by 2009 ownership by the forest products industry was less than 20 million acres.
  • In the last 15 years, timberland has become an asset class and has attracted over $50 billion from institutional investors, REITs and pension funds.
  • Investors have purchased timberland from Boise Cascade, Longview Timber, Menasha Forest Products, Temple Inland, International Paper Company, MeadWestvaco Corporation and other fully integrated forest product companies.
  • These new owners create on-going land sale programs as an integral part of their business plans, resulting in new buying opportunity for individuals.
  • Nearly ten million private landowners own timberland and other wooded land. The Forest Landowners Association is the largest association dedicated to private landowners.