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Forests as Financial Assets & The Future of U.S. Wood Supplies
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Presentation: Friday, MArch 4, 2016

Over the past 30 years, the ownership of private industrial forestland in the U.S. has changed. Most owners are no longer integrated forest product companies but are now largely institutional investors (pension funds and university endowments) and entities organized as real estate investment trusts (REITs).

How does managing a forest primarily as a financial asset affect wood using mills? How do the “physical facts” on the ground related to wood supplies and competition for logs align with timberland investment and management trends?

Key takeaways from this presentation include:

  • Understand who owns and controls industrial timberlands in the U.S. and how these assets get managed.
  • Detail capital investment trends in wood-using mills and capacity for traditional forest industries and emerging markets (e.g. bioenergy).
  • Summarize current and future wood supplies for key products and end markets.


  • Brooks Mendell, PhD, Forisk Consulting

  • ABout Brooks Mendell

    Dr. Brooks Mendell is President at Forisk, where he leads the firm’s research program. Founded by Dr. Mendell in 2004, Forisk provides consulting and education to senior management and investors in the forest industry and timberland investing sectors.

    Brooks has over twenty years of operating, research, and consulting experience in forest business, bioenergy and finance. His experience includes roles in harvest operations and wood procurement with Weyerhaeuser, in management consulting with Accenture and in academia at the University of Georgia. A Fulbright Scholar, he publishes analysis of timber markets, forest business and operations, and wood bioenergy. His forestry-related books include “Loving Trees is Not Enough”, “Forest Finance Simplified”, “Aunt Fanny Learns Forestry: Managing Timberland as an Investment” and “Wood for Bioenergy” (co-authored with Amanda Lang).

    Brooks earned BS and MS degrees at M.I.T., an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Forest Finance at UGA.

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