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February 15, 2011

US Timber REITs has returned 24.10% year to date

Timber REIT (FTR) Index of public timber REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts)
has returned 24.10% year-to-date compared with 5.69% for the S&P 500 (as of February 11, 2011) reports Forisk consulting at their blog.

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31 January 2011

National Trust moves to save Forestry Commission woodlands

The National Trust could step in to save the Forestry Commission's English forests, which the Government wants to sell off.

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February 4, 2011

Weyco Earnings and Timberland Sale

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7 January 2011

Johann Hari: For sale - Cameron's green credentials

Can you hear the silence of the huskies? When he was rebranding the Tory party, David Cameron promised us he would lead "the greenest government ever". Since he came to power, he has broken every environmental promise he made – and then gone much further.

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January 6, 2011

Misreporting on Weyerhaeuser

Timberland and timber REIT (real estate investment trust ) investors continue to wade through "erroneous and underreported analysis in financial outlets" writes Forisk blog which is a forest economics research firm. In a recent article Weyerhaeuser , now structured as a REIT, was called the worst performers in S&P. The Forisk blog show the comparative performance of the three publicly traded timber REITs: Plum Creek (PCL), Rayonier (RYN), Potlatch (PCH); and Weyerhaeuser. Read blogg

There are also reports far more positive about Weyerhaeuser

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November 5th, 2010

Sino-Forest acquires 13,000 ha of NZ forests

Sino-Forest Corporation, a leading, commercial forest plantation operator in China, has announced the acquisition of a 13,000 ha New Zealand forestry plantation.  Mr.

Forest Industries Investment and Financing Forum

Argentina 16-17 November 2010

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October 19th, 2010

Timberland Investment Resources Introduces European Hedge Fund

On Monday the American forestry investment firm Timberland Investment Resources (TIR) has launched a European timber hedge fun

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October 1, 2010

Should Timber Investments Be Part of Your Investment Portfolio?

Timber and timberland have traditionally been investment vehicles for institutional investors because of the amount of capital required. There are however, excellent opportunities in today’s timber and timberland investment marketplace for small retail investors.

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Valuing natural capital for development decisions

DFID in its conceptual frameworks of Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches (SLAs) defines five types of asset: human capital, social capital (the ability to draw on support through membership of social groups), natural capital, physical capital, and financial capital for achieving poverty elimination. But most services provided by the natural environment (natural capital) to human society are not captured by GDP or other conventional macro-economic indicators, because, they are not directly traded in markets.  Provisioning services (food, fibre and water) and a few cultural services (such as recreation and tourism) are somehow calculated but value of regulating services (water and climate regulation) is not calculated yet, although research on regulating services is developing rapidly.


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by Dr. Radut