First off, welcome to the CFB Blog if you’re new to what we’re doing.
Our goal with the blog is to continually provide updates for the greater Warnell CFB community every couple of weeks as we have new information to share that we deem worthwhile reading for industry participants. Today, we would just like to point out a couple of links that you may find relevant to both staying connected with us (through our new LinkedIn group) as well as an update on the detailed report titled “Property Tax Incentives for the Georgia Landowner” – this report expands on the May 2005 revision to include an exhaustive treatment of all pertinent ad valorem taxation legislation, Department of Revenue rules and regulations and some court cases through the 2011 General Assembly legislative session.
All Georgia landowners have a real need to learn more about the property tax laws that affect their county ad valorem property taxes. If you own rural land in Georgia, live in a house whose property taxes have been affected by commercial or industrial development, or are growing timber for harvest or sale for harvest, it’s imperative that you learn more about property tax laws and how they affect you.
We hope you will connect with us on LinkedIn as well as peruse the property tax report for relevant information that may be applicable to you.
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Welcome to the Center for Forest Business Blog!
We’ve created the blog for several reasons, namely to:
– keep our community informed of new events taking place in and around the Center for Forest Business
– update prospective employers and industry participants about how to connect with our students
– showcase relevant news and emerging trends in the forestry sector that we deem relevant
– display work being done by students that may be beneficial to the outside community
For our first post, we’d like to include a link to the recent CFB Student Directory that we’ve compiled and loaded onto the web. Here (http://www.ugacfb.com/people/students) you can get a feel for what various students are working on as well as insight into how to best contact them. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to see the exciting things that our students are working on here at the Center for Forest Business!
We look forward to bringing you exciting and relevant news on a bi-weekly basis and hope to get your feedback and input along the way. We’re excited about the blog and hope that you will join us in staying up-to-date with us.
Master of Forest Research Fellowships are designed to develop competent and capable managers and researchers who can pipeline into successful careers in the field of forest-based bioenergy.
We are seeking highly qualified and motivated applicants at the Masters level. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or native residents of U.S. territories. Prior degrees and job experience in natural resources field are desirable. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information, visit warnell.forestry.uga.edu/nnf
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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.