The Jelly Roll property consists of 2,658 acres in Union County, Arkansas. The site is a frequently flooded bottomland along the Ouachita River. Past, light thinnings from below have resulted in large, mature oaks and gums comprising a fully closed canopy on most of the property. This forest condition creates a park-like setting where there are large expanses of wide open forest floor. Timber quality is average to poor and access and operability are limited to the dry times of the year. Hunting is exceptional on the property.
|Property Name||Jelly Roll|
|Coordinates||N 33° 13′ 34″ W 92° 15′ 10″|
|Previous Owner||Calion Lumber Co|
|Dominant Forest Type||Bottomland hardwood|
|Managing Consultant||Larson & McGowin, Inc|
|Address||214 North Washington, Suite 309 El Dorado, AR – 71730|
The property hugs a small area lying west of the Ouachita River at the northeastern part of the boundary. An easily identifiable feature of the property is Benjamin Lake (an old river bed oxbow lake) located in the northeastern part of the property just west of the river. The tract is located approximately 12 air-miles north of the Arkansas / Louisiana state line.
Prior to HFF V’s purchase, this property consisted of two purchases. The Ouachita River frontage was part of the original Calion Lumber 1919 acquisition. The other part of the tract was purchased in 1950. Both tracts were consolidated into what Calion Lumber Company management called the “Felsenthal” tract.
The property consists mostly of mature hardwood stands (about 1,800 acres), with about 200+ acres of pine-hardwood lying mostly on the west side of the property where elevations are slightly higher. There are about 80 acres of scattered pockets of wet areas that are considered cypress stands and cypress swamps. Almost 600 acres of the tract are in very wet areas typed as beaver swamps / water. Both the smaller, well-drained creeks and the 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. Management of the better drained bottoms will target red oak as the desired species.