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Industry Control of Timberland & Forests

Timberland assets are sometimes listed in a company's annual report (SEC Form 10K) or stock prospectus. These can be found on company websites or at the US Securities and Exchange Commission website (search the EDGAR database).

Purchasers of public timber in the US

Maps of old growth forest

Maps of railroad land grants and corporate timberland ownership

Institutional ownership of timberland (TIMO, REIT, etc)

Endgame Land Lords of real estate, agricultural, mining, and timber

World Resources Institute Global Forest Watch maps of timber tenures

358 million acres of US timberland:

85% owned by non-timber industry private landowners

12% owned by top 15 timber corporations

3% owned by other industrial corporations

(American Forest & Paper Association estimate circa year 2000)

Some landownership and leasing data is included in the notes on the 65 biggest paper corporations in Carrere and Lohmann's excellent Pulping the South (World Rainforest Movement, 1996).

There have been few studies of the timber industry's control of land. In 1913 the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor's Bureau of Corporations published The Lumber Industry, showing the concentration of land ownership among railroad land grant recipients such as the Northern and Southern Pacific Railroads and the Weyerhaeuser corporations. Soon after, the government merged with the corporations, and the Bureau of Corporations was dismantled.

The U.S. Forest Service doesn't publish the owners' names anymore, but regional statistics appear in its various General Technical Report and Resource Bulletin series. Contact the agency's technical stations for the latest studies of your region:

More or less current data on the timberland owned or leased by specific corporations is periodically available in industry publications like the Miller Freeman directories.