The Fordyce Property contains 40,681 acres in nine counties of southern Arkansas. Sites range from the lower Ouachita Mountains in the north to the Upper Gulf Coastal Plains in the south – all lying mostly in south-central Arkansas. There are 8 compartments which break into 108 individual tracts sized from approximately 40 acres to 1,600. The hardwood tracts have a good mix of red oak, white oak and gum, as well as a significant component of older, big loblolly and shortleaf pine sawtimber. The upland pine stands range from pine plantations to naturally regenerated stands. Most of these sites will grow pine ready for a pulpwood thinning in 13 years and produce saw logs within 20 years
|County||Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Dallas, Drew, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Union|
|Coordinates||N 33° 34′ 6″ W 92° 11′ 23″|
|Previous Owner||Plum Creek|
|Dominant Forest Type||Bottomland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Larson & McGowin, Inc|
|Address||214 North Washington, Suite 309 El Dorado, AR – 71730|
The eight compartments of the property span a large geographic area north from near Hot Springs, AR to near the Louisiana border in the south; a distance of approximately 100 miles. The width of the area is about 90 miles wide, ranging from near Arkadelphia in the west to east of Monticello.
Fordyce is primarily composed of two former ownerships that were acquired by Plum Creek Timber Company in the 1990s and early 2000s. The southern tracts, mostly in Union County, were old Riverwood/Manville/Olincraft lands that Plum Creek purchased in the late 1990’s. When Plum Creek bought Georgia-Pacific Corporation’s (G-P) letter stock company in October 2001, “The Timber Company,” they also acquired the more productive tracts that make up the Fordyce property. Georgia-Pacific Corporation acquired their tracts during the 1960s after purchasing the Fordyce Lumber Company and the Crossett Company. Both of these companies were family-owned sawmill companies that purchased tracts of land from individual owners starting in 1899 and continued through the 1990s.
The forest can be broken into upland sites and bottomland sites. In the uplands, of the approximately 8,000 acres classified as “softwood” areas, about 5,700 acres are in pine plantations. These plantations are predominately loblolly pine with various levels of competing hardwood made up mostly of gum, oak, maple, elm, and various non-wood species. There are some shortleaf pine stems in the naturally regenerated upland pine areas. The bottomlands, both smaller, well-drained creeks and larger river bottoms, have a significant component of oak, gum, hickory, and ash species with minor components of cypress, beech and maple depending on location north or south. The property has 41,318 forested acres and 1,075 non-forested acres. The overall volume per forested acre runs 2,600 board feet per acre.