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The economic downturn has created a challenging environment for forest industry. How does it affect your daily decision making? How do you maintain your competitive edge?
The Faculty of the Center for Forest Business will offer a one-day seminar November 18, 2009 to bring you the latest trends and developments in today’s markets.
During the seminar, participants will learn about:
- The economy and forest markets at home and abroad
- Competitive positioning
- The latest research in forest management, operations, and investment
- How to keep your forest investments (and those of your clients) profitable in these troubling times
To learn more, visit our Fast Forestry event pages or download the PDF brochure below.
Save the Date!
March 22 – 25, 2011
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
Lake Oconee, Georgia
On the heels of its successful timberland investment conference in March, 2009, the Center for Forest Business announces plans to return to the venue in March, 2011. Stay up to date on developing details about the event by clicking the link below:
A timberland investment conference has highlighted the resilience of forestry resources in the face of the worst economic shocks the recession can throw at the sector.
Bob Izlar of the University of Georgia Center for Forest Business says, in spite of the climate of crisis (or maybe because of it) the conference attracted a wide range of attendees – including some from the Southern Hemisphere. He says this underscores the strength of forestry as an investment.
For more details, listen to the audio podcast below or go directly to the report on Southem.
Greensboro, Ga. – Industry leaders met last week to discuss the impacts of the global financial crisis on the future of investing in the timberland asset class.
The Center for Forest Business, a unit within the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, hosted “The Timberland Asset: Stable Investments for Turbulent Times” March 18 – 20 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, Georgia.
Timberland is an alternative asset class with a proven record of dependable returns, and which possesses unique qualities that offer an inflation hedge and a stable alternative for many portfolios. This is especially attractive in today’s volatile economy.
Keynote speaker Dr. Chris Zinkhan, CEO and Managing Director of The Forestland Group LLC, described several countervailing forces that will determine the future course of timberland investments. In particular, one set of opposing trends is the current market’s premium on liquidity while still seeking exposure to strategic options.
While acknowledging the challenging nature of our economy, Dr. Court Washburn, CIO and Managing Director of Hancock Timber Resource Group, said that in the current downturn, timberland has held its value and brought higher returns than other investments such as other real estate, equity markets and bond markets. In the near term, he expected timberland prices to decline due to the low prices for other assets and the market’s expectation of higher rates of return. Like other speakers at the conference, he pointed out that in the long term the basic characteristics of timberland assets will continue to show stability when compared to other investments.
Click the link below for the full press release.