Google+

Florida’s Largest Private Landowner Proves Things are Not Always

 

Florida’s Largest Private Landowner Proves Things are Not Always as They Seem

by Orlando Beach

The Sunshine State invokes visions of citrus groves, the smell of oranges ripening in the air, and Mickey Mouse meeting up with Harry Potter in Orlando. When it comes to talking about Florida land, the vision that arrives is usually a swamp with the gator sliding lazily through the scene just waiting to snap its jaws. However, things are not always as they seem. In fact, Florida’s largest private landowner is a corporation that is based on timberland.

 

Plum Creek Timber contributes more than $16 billion to Florida’s economy each year, by managing 590,000 acres of timberland located primarily in the west and northwest areas of the state.

 

Instead of being a part of Mickey Mouse’s homeland, Plum Creek is known far and wide for their unbreakable commitment to the environment – from the growing and harvesting of trees to protecting and maintaining wildlife, plants, soil and water quality. Regeneration is key when it comes to this Plum Creek 3company, and the work that is constantly put into preserving habitats comprises a list a mile long. So, yes…the gators are most definitely helped.

 

For those who don’t know the area, there are immense tracks of timberland framed by rows of tall, skinny slash pines; these trees yield a great many resources from pulp to rosin to timber, turpentine and more. Filling in the Jacksonville, Lake City, Gainesville triangle, these tracts are more than historical. Dating back over a century, these lands were owned by familiar names, one being Georgia-Pacific, that worked hard to keep the area rural when suburbia was closing in.

 

Headquartered in Seattle, Plum Creek embedded themselves in Florida in 2001, merging with Georgia-Pacific’s Timber Company. Owning almost 600,000 acres spread out across twenty-two counties, allows Plum Creek Timber to reign as number one on the top of Florida’s ten largest private landowners list.

 

PLum Creek 2When you combine the full ten, you’re speaking about a group that owns at least a tenth of Florida’s entire land area, and most all of the companies are focused on timberland. Extremely important when it comes to Florida’s economic stance, from jobs being produced to keeping the freshwater resources and wildlife habitats intact, these landowners work to preserve agriculture and develop new business sectors in the process.

 

Geographically diverse, Plum Creek will continue to focus on actively managing the timberlands; investing appropriately in the markets and harvesting trees at the best point in time to help Florida make money and allow habitats to thrive.

 

This is sustainable forestry at its finest, with Plum Creek selling timber to customers throughout the United States. This means better manufacturing of wood, pulp and paper products worldwide. The timberlands acquired by this company use silviculture, which is the practice of controlling the plum creekestablishment, growth and quality of forests to meet the diverse needs and values of the community. The results add to timber inventory, investments and manufacturing.

 

Being the first and largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), many invest in Plum Creek because owning shares in a timber REIT will allow them to increase their cash flow. This is a natural resource that’s thriving, and there are others to be considered. Within those trees lie natural gas, oil, minerals, stone and more. By maximizing the value of the timberlands, Plum Creek also delves into the resources that are just below the surface.

 

The name Plum Creek extends beyond Florida, with the REIT owning land in states from Maine to Wisconsin; but the pines in Florida will allow even more of an economic windfall when it comes to the biofuels industry. (The timber will be used in biomass-burning plants scheduled in southern Georgia, Gainesville and other locations).

 

Adding to that master plan is the creation of an inland port in Lake City, which is a community development just north of Gainesville. Plum Creek is also looking to merge with Floridians to develop an economic/conservation plan using 70,000 acres in Alachua County. Here, it is expected that one of the most unique developments in Florida’s history will be created.

 

In other words, move over Mickey, Plum Creek is most definitely number one on Florida’s economic ladder.

 

www.LandReport.com

 

Source: Baret News Wire

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

  The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo by Amy Lignor   Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]