The Lumber River Property lies in the southeast coastal plain and contains 8,290 acres split between Robeson County North Carolina and Dillon County South Carolina. The entire eastern border of this contiguous property is adjacent to the Lumber River. In that setting, there are both upland pines and bottomland hardwoods comprising the timber resource. The property has been under industrial forestland management for many years which has resulted in the establishment of both an excellent road network and many southern pine plantations on the upland sites. A single, locally based hunting club leases the entire property.
|Property Name||Lumber River|
|County||NC – Robeson; SC – Dillon|
|Coordinates||N 34°19’42” W 79°02’57”
|Previous Owner||Plum Creek Timber|
|Dominant Forest Type||Bottomland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Gelbert, Fullbright & Randolph Forestry Consultant|
|Address||8394 Six Forks Road, Suite 203 Raleigh, NC – 27615|
The property consists of 8,290 acres of timberland located in Robeson County, North Carolina and Dillon County, South Carolina. The property is bounded by the Lumber River to the east and Ashpole Swamp to the west. The nearest town is Fair Bluff, NC, lying northeast of the property on US 76. Direct access to the property is provided by road frontage along Hwy 904. The nearest interstate highway is I-95, approximately 19 miles west of the property.
Prior to TFG ownership, the property was owned by Plum Creek Timber. Plum Creek managed the land as industrial forestland and established pine plantation on most of the suitable acreage. The property has been production as industrial forestland for the last 70 years having been purchased by the Williams Furniture Corporation in the 1960s which later merged with Georgia-Pacific Corporation who retained ownership until 1999. The property was conveyed to Plum Creek in 2001.
The Lumber River property is a coastal plain timber property with distinct upland and bottomland stand types. Just over half the acreage is bottomland hardwood with the balance of acreage in upland stands composed largely of pine plantation. Hardwood sawtimber volume makes up 71% of the total volume. The disparity between hardwood and pine volume relative to acreage is mainly attributable to extensive harvesting on nearly all merchantable pine stands prior to sale. 45% of the pine plantation acreage is less than 10 years old with 22%, 4%, and 28% in the 10-15, 15-19 and 20+ age classes, respectively. There is a modest amount of longleaf pine plantation on the property. Additional areas appear suited to the specie’s establishment.