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May 25, 2018
We've all watched or read something that contains an iconic fictional villain, it might be The Joker from Batman, Darth Vader from Star Wars or one of the countless others. Now, of course, they are all part of fictional story with an associated…
Maine trees in Winter
Mar 29, 2018
Two new properties, Fletcher Hill Forest and East Shore Forest, that offer classic western Maine timber and recreational opportunities.
Adirondack mountains with ski trails
Feb 13, 2018
One of the main reasons people buy forestland in the Northeast is to be able to enjoy the outdoors with their friends and family, to have a place to periodically get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and to have a stable financial asset to pass down to their family.
Forest during a thunderstorm
Feb 02, 2018
Any professional who works alone in remote locations in all kinds of weather needs to take precautions. Forestland brokers often face these challenges as we tramp through large forests alone in rural areas where cell service is commonly unavailable.
Vermont forested landscape
Jan 23, 2018
When you consider a timberland investment, the following questions often come up: 1) Should I diversify within my northeastern US timberland portfolio and if so, 2) what are the general considerations and recommended strategies for doing so?
northeast hardwood trees
Jan 19, 2018
How to buy timberland as an investment with a self-directed Individual Retirement Account (IRA).
forest, water, mountains
Jan 09, 2018
    Happy New Year! We hope yours will be an enjoyable and prosperous one. Our brokerage team at Fountains Land is looking forward to helping connect more buyers and sellers of rural land in 2018.  Before we move forward, we wanted to take…
Vershire Vermont landscape
Nov 15, 2017
    Fountains recently introduced three new properties in Vershire and West Fairlee, Vermont. One, Beanville Road Forest is already under a contract for sale. However, the two other properties are available and worth a closer look. Route…
More Blended Timber Investments: Tiger Hill and Pacific Brook
Sep 28, 2017
In our last blog we talked about Locust Hill Forest and how it offered a solid timber investment AND many recreational amenities, allowing the new owner to enjoy their land while the trees appreciate in value. In the past couple of weeks we…
looking up at trees
Sep 21, 2017
One of the bonuses of investing in timber (besides the financial returns and the environmental benefits) is that, while your asset grows (literally), you can enjoy yourself on the property. Locust Hill Forest is a classic example of a solid…
Vermont Meadow
Aug 24, 2017
It is hard to find a property that fulfills every item on your wish list. You may have to do some compromising to make a purchase and, once you own it, put in some work to achieve the property you envisioned. This may involve clearing trees…
Adirondack Mountains
Aug 18, 2017
As many of you know, Fountains Land has been selling and managing timberland in northern New York’s Adirondack Park for several decades. With forestry and real estate offices in Glens Falls and Tupper Lake, we know this market well and have…
forest of trees
Aug 09, 2017
      We recently released two new timber investment listings and wanted to be sure you didn't miss the details. The Triangle Forest is in the heart of the Adirondack Park in New York and offers both spruce-fir and hardwood stands. There…
beaver pond
Jul 25, 2017
  Beaver-created ponds are a common feature on many tracts that Fountains Land sells. Recreational land buyers often desire the presence of a small pond (or brook) for a variety of reasons – wildlife habitat, a place to paddle, fishing opportunity,…
Vermont Forest
Jul 18, 2017
Fountains Land recently released two Vermont forests that would make great sugarbush properties. Both have excellent timber, well-stocked stands, sloping terrain and long town road frontage. And they both offer other possibilities including…
Vermont forested ridge
Jun 06, 2017
  I've been to Tug Ridge Forest, our newest Vermont listing, twice and both times I have had a great hike exploring the property. Although I had been to the town of Thetford before, I had never visited the village of Post Mills where the property…
River, meadow, mountain
Jun 02, 2017
It's summertime! - even though the weather doesn't feel like it here in the northeast. And in the summer we typically have a regular flow of new listings. This year is no exception. Our agents have been busy evaluating properties and we have…
Vermont mountains
May 25, 2017
Fountains is pleased to let you know that the South Hill Forest is now being offered with the neighboring Tweed River Tract for a total of 344 acres. This combined offering widens the possibilities of the property, providing access from the…
hardwood trees
May 19, 2017
As we discussed in Part 1 of Understanding Timber Value, one key tool for timberland buyers, managers and sellers is having access to reliable, accurate timber data. We learned that having a clear understanding of Capital Timber Value can play…
forested landscape
May 15, 2017
The final post of this series on land buyer due diligence focuses on three physical attributes that can significantly influence property value.  Please keep in mind that this is only a primer for buyers to assist them in identifying a property. Timber If…
cabin in the forest
May 07, 2017
If you’ve taken a look through our property offerings, you may have noticed that many of them describe sites for “off-grid” cabins. Why do we describe them this way? Usually because the sites are a long distance from the nearest power pole.…
Topographic Map
Apr 28, 2017
All of us at Fountains Land seek to provide as much information about our listed properties as possible, so buyers can thoroughly understand a property before they spend time and resources to conduct further due diligence and visit the land.…
Trail through forest with Tree Farm sign
Apr 25, 2017
  It is not often that an opportunity comes along to consider a meticulously managed forest with a 100 year ownership history and waterfront rights on a beautiful Adirondack Lake. Bonnie Belle Forest has all that and more. It's a 428-acre property…
Lake and Mountains
Apr 14, 2017
Who doesn’t dream of owning a great waterfront property? It’s a goal and a dream that many of us aspire to - hoping for a once in a lifetime opportunity to have our very own lake property that can offer relaxation, rejuvenation, reprieve and…
Hazen's Notch view in winter
Apr 10, 2017
There is a new Vermont property on our list of offerings and it's list of attributes is enticing. Here is what you'll find: Thick forest stands - the property hasn't been managed in decades so the stands are overstocked, mostly with softwoods…
house and pond
Apr 07, 2017
Fountains Land has been known for marketing rural land for over three decades. Whether it’s timberland, multi-purpose land or the occasional rural home, our expertise is with all things land and how to get it sold. In Vermont, Fountains is…
Beaver Pond
Mar 24, 2017
A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts on what land buyers should consider before purchasing land. Remember that we call the research to ensure that a property satisfies all of the buyer’s criteria “due diligence.”  Last time, I discussed…
Vermont harwood forest
Mar 17, 2017
Is there any valuable timber on my property? This is one of the most commonly-asked questions we hear when speaking with potential forestland sellers and buyers. Why do people ask this question? Well, for both buyers and sellers of forestland,…
Vermont mountain
Mar 15, 2017
South Hill Forest and Tweed River Forest are adjacent properties in the towns of Stockbridge and Pittsfield, Vermont. South Hill Forest offers an incredible mountain experience with ridge-top walking trails, tremendous view potential and high-elevation…
road to distant mountain
Mar 13, 2017
Owning a parcel of land is the dream of many.  Whether it’s ten acres or several thousand, land ownership represents an investment in a solid, tangible asset – one that holds intrinsic value to the owner and signifies means and permanence in…
Vermont Lake and Mountain Peak
Feb 27, 2017
When we consider acquiring a property, many folks are thinking about taking possession of the full bundle of ownership rights. However, on many properties, ownership may exclude certain rights.  For example, a public entity or utility company…
Vermont forest in autumn
Feb 21, 2017
We're getting close to sugaring season here in Vermont when the forest is decorated with tubes and buckets and when clouds of steam billow from the tops of sugar shacks. If you've been thinking you'd like your own sugarbush, take a look at our…
Vermont forest in autumn
Feb 16, 2017
Let’s start with a definition: “Current Use” is a state-specific property tax reduction program in which landowners with qualifying forests or farms can get a significant annual tax break if enrolled. The primary benefits to the landowner are…
spruce trees in winter
Feb 14, 2017
Northern Maine is known for its vast forests of spruce and fir. We are happy to be able to offer a fine timber investment north of Caribou. In addition to copious spruce-fir, there are quality cedar and northern hardwood stands. Existing roads…
winter forest view
Feb 10, 2017
Fountains Land brokers conduct property showings throughout the year with our busiest times often coming in the spring and early summer and then later in the fall right up until the holiday season.  Recently, however, more folks are calling…
timber in winter
Feb 08, 2017
Hollow Road runs through the town of Day, New York. A narrow piece of road frontage leads off back into the woods and opens up into 610 acres of timberland and recreational opportunity. This property is what we call Hollow Road Forest and we…
Vermont Timber
Feb 02, 2017
The short answer is yes!  Now, here is the long answer. Deciding when to invest in timberland depends on many variables including current and future economic trends (nationally and globally), the direction of inflation, housing starts and regional…
Trees and snow on Flagstaff Mountain Forest
Jan 20, 2017
Situated in the Adirondacks’ scenic Ausable River Valley, this versatile recreational woodlot offers meadows, stream frontage, beaver ponds, and home site opportunities.
Fountains Available Properties Screenshot
Jan 16, 2017
Here at Fountains Land we have been very busy over the last year with some behind the scenes changes. You may have heard that, in March of 2016, we joined F&W Forestry Services, one of the nation’s largest, private forest management companies…
Meet Michael Tragner
Jan 16, 2017
Michael is the principal broker at Fountains Land and has been with the company since 1989. Over his tenure, he has played an integral part in shaping the company’s commitment to serving its clients and bringing a new shopping experience to…