The Buffalo property is located in southwestern West Virginia near the towns of Logan, Chapmanville and Harts. The property size is approximately 29,920 acres. It is comprised of parcels ranging in size from 10 to 5,000 acres. It is managed as a commercial timberland property but also includes hunting leases. Coal and natural gas development occur throughout the property under the rights of the respective estate owners. The mineral rights do not belong to Heartwood. Approximately 5,000 acres is enrolled with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources as the ‘Big Ugly Wildlife Management Area’.
|County||Logan, Mingo, Lincoln, Wayne|
|Previous Owner||Buffalo Properites|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian Hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Landmark Forestry, LLC|
|Address||P.O. Box 205, Horner, WV – 26372|
The economic area is comprised of Logan, Lincoln, Mingo and Wayne Counties. The property is in a largely rural area with a coal, natural gas and timber as the primary natural resources. Significant land ownership patterns include mining, natural gas production, timber production, agriculture, and to a lesser degree, tourism. The primary large acreage surface landowners in the area surrounding the tracts include: Argus Coal Company, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Heartwood Forestland Fund II and others. The property is located in West Virginia’s southern coalfield region. It lies between 37°45′ and 38°15’ North latitude and between 82°00′ and 82°30′ West longitude.
Columbia Natural Resources Incorporated (CNR) acquired the bulk of the lands in the 1950’s from Huntington Development for the development of the natural gas resource. In 1998, CNR sold the surface property to a land-holding group named ‘Buffalo Properties’. In October of 1999 Heartwood Forestland Fund III purchased the majority of the property from Buffalo. Several tracts, determined to have title concerns, were not sold to Heartwood.
For the majority of the past half-century there has been no planned forest management of these woods. The emphasis on natural gas development has resulted in a network of roads that has improved access to the timber. The forest type on the Buffalo property is the Appalachian Hardwood type which is made up of predominantly mixed-oaks, mixed-maples, beech, hickory, and yellow-poplar. Natural reproduction is generally successful. Impacts to successful natural regeneration by white tailed deer browsing are considered minimal.