The Timber Company property of the Heartwood Forestland Fund II is found in southwestern West Virginia near the town of Logan. The property size is approximately 28,377 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 11,500 acres is enrolled with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources in two separate Wildlife Management Areas – Laurel Lake and Elk Creek.
|Property Name||Timber Company|
|Previous Owner||Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Thacker Land Co.|
|Dominant Forest Type||Appalachian Hardwoods|
|Managing Consultant||American Forest Management, Inc.|
|Address||One Avenue, C Building, Suite 106 Madison, WV – 25310|
The economic area is comprised of Logan and Mingo Counties. The property is in a largely rural area with 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: Cotiga Development, Chief Logan State Park, Western Pocahontas Land, McDonald Land Company 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.
In 1965 Island Creek Coal Company sold its interest in the surface to Georgia-Pacific and retained the mineral estate interest. Georgia-Pacific operated on the property with the primary goal of supplying sawmills they owned in nearby counties of West Virginia. In later years (1980-1990’s), Georgia-Pacific also operated on the property to supply a newly constructed OSB plant near Mt. Hope, West Virginia. With the restructuring of Georgia-Pacific in the late 1990’s, the property was put under control of The Timber Company. The Timber Company sold the property to Heartwood Forestland Fund II in December of 1998.
The Timber Company property has a history of mining, timbering, and farming for the entire time of its settlement. The forests on the Timber Company property can generally be considered fair to good quality. The forest type 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 and acceptable. Impacts to successful natural regeneration by white tailed deer browsing are considered minimal.