The Louisiana Forestland Holdings (LFH) consists of a little over 82,000 acres and is primarily timber rights only. Purchased in 2008, the property is divided between two ownerships and made up mainly of bottomland hardwoods. The property consists of 73 tracts ranging from 13 to 7,094 acres and is located between the Mississippi River and Interstate 49 I Southeastern Louisiana. A little over 9,000 acres of LFH consists of both land and timber rights ownership. The bulk of the property is leased to private hunting clubs.
Louisiana Forestland Holdings
Avoylles, St. Landry, Point Coupee, Iberville, Assumption, West Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Rapides, West Feliciana
116 Roy Baker Rd, Morrow, Louisiana 71356, United States
The LHF/NMTC property is comprised of numerous tracts distributed over 10 parishes in southeastern Louisiana. The tracts generally lie within a triangle bounded by Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Alexandria. The major access routes are I-49 and I-10. The property sits in a largely rural area where timber and agriculture dominate.
The property is located in the northern section of the Atchafalaya Basin. The Atchafalaya Basin is a 135-mile long natural distributary of the Mississippi River that empties into the Gulf of Mexico and is the only growing delta in Louisiana. The Atchafalaya Basin contains the largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in North America.
Louisiana Hardwood Forestlands (LHF) and New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) consist of fee simple ownership in Rapides, St. Landry, and Point Coupee parishes. LHF and NMTC also own 20 year timber rights in Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberville, Point Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
Heartwood Forestland Fund VI purchased the property from Roy O. Martin Companies. Roy O. Martin acquired most of the property for the primary purpose of supplying quality hardwood sawlogs and pulpwood to its oriented strand board (OSB) plant in LeMoyen, LA which closed in January, 2007. This hardwood sawmill was acquired by HFFVI in April 2008 under the name Louisiana Hardwood Products. LHF/NMTC timber rights have been managed and harvested by ROM since the properties were purchased primarily beginning in the 1920’s through the 1970’s.
The property contains mixed species of hardwood generally found within the Mississippi and Red River alluvial floodplains and the Atchafalaya Basin. The properties were formed as a result of the sedimentation process of the river systems mentioned above. The red oak/sweetgum species composition is found on a majority of the acres with Cypress/Tupelo found in the flats.
The most numerous and dominant overstory species throughout the property are shade-intolerant red oak and sweet gum. Depending on the environment and stand conditions, other species can dominate such as green ash, bitter pecan, overcup oak, American elm, hackberry, and bald cypress. One of the primary management goals is to retain and promote the dominance of high value species such as red oak and sweet gum throughout the property.