The Chicago Mill property, 12,265 total acres, is located in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley generally north of Lake Village, Arkansas, to Helena, Arkansas. The property is mostly forested with mixed river front hardwood (59% of the forest). The rest of the forest is broke down as follows: 18% cottonwood, 11% non-timbered, 8% willow, and 4% cypress and sweetgum/red oak. Two of the tracts are true islands with no drive-on access and the rest can be driven to. The M. F. Green tract can be driven to during low water periods. The largest tracts are Island 82, Clarendon Redfork, Island 63, and Island 68 with 4,769 acres, 1,430 acres, 1,286 acres and 1,122 acres respectively. The remaining tracts vary in size from 1,070 acres to 54 acres.
|Property Name||Chicago Mill|
|County||AR – Chicot, Lee, Phillips, Arkansas, Desha; MS – Coahoma|
|Coordinates||N 33° 44′ 11″ W 91° 4′ 47″|
|Previous Owner||Chicago Mill Company, LLC|
|Dominant Forest Type||Natural riverfront hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Clearview Forestry|
|Address||PO Box 880, Monticello, AR 71657|
The Chicago Mill property is comprised of 11 tracts of variable size distributed over two states and 6 counties. The tracts are distributed along the Mississippi river from Helena, Arkansas to Lake Village, Arkansas. The major access routes are State Highway 1 in Mississippi, highways 165, 65, 1, and 44 in Arkansas.
Heartwood Forestland Fund VI purchased the property from Chicago Mill Company, LLC. The predecessors to Chicago Mill Company are unknown. Chicago Mill Company had not been very active in harvesting timber over the past 30 years. Most of these tracts have had little timber removed in that period.
There are five primary timber types that make up the property. The five types are cottonwood, willow, cypress, riverfront hardwood, and sweetgum/red oak. These timber types can range from 20 years old in the willow to 200 years old in the cypress. The riverfront hardwood is the largest timber type, which should average about 60 to 80 years old. Because most of these stands are mature, they have a heavy undesirable mid-story that needs to be removed before regeneration can occur.