This is an opportunity to own deeded timber rights in perpetuity covering two nearby parcels. It’s an acquisition well-suited to a buyer seeking a low cost timber investment. However, it might also appeal to a conservation group whose goal is to protect this highly visible landscape adjacent to the Long Trail, near the peaks of Mt. Abraham and Lincoln Peak and nearly surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest lands. Whatever your interest is, we hope you’ll take a closer look at this unique offering.
The asset being offered for sale is JUST the timber rights in perpetuity, as stated in the deed. The offering exists as two separate tracts which can be acquired together or individually.
The Lincoln and Warren landscape in which the timber rights are located is distinctive for several reasons. First, the site is surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) and adjacent to (or within close proximity of) the Long Trail, as it reaches some of its highest elevations traversing the Lincoln Gap, Mt. Abraham and Lincoln Peak ridgeline. Secondly, the ski slopes of Sugarbush Resort sit within 700’ of the Warren tract’s northern boundary. Finally, the site’s 3,700’ elevation is visible from all areas within the Route 100 valley below.
While it appears that the timber rights may not benefit from legal access, a temporary access permit is currently pending with the GMNF. The permit, once approved, would provide temporary access to the timber rights from the end of Hanks Road to the tract along Hanks Road Extension, a distance of roughly 1,450’. The pending permit would also provide for a landing site on GMNF lands, as well as skid trail access to the timber rights in three areas.
Both tracts are situated at high elevations, with the Warren unit starting at 1,700’ ASL (above sea level) near Hanks Road Extension and rising to 3,700’ ASL near Lincoln Peak. The Lincoln tract has a similar starting elevation and rises to 2,900’ ASL along its western boundary with the Long Trail.
Terrain is variable with modest to steep slopes. Upper watershed brooks run through each unit, creating narrow valleys in areas. Most of the terrain on the Warren tract slopes southward toward the Hanks Road access with the balance of the land sloping easterly down the Bradley Brook oxbow.
Timber data in this report are based on a timber inventory conducted in September of 2010 by an independent forest consultant. The timber data reveal a total sawlog volume of 1,141 MBF International ¼” scale (2.8 MBF/commercial acre) with 5,499 pulpwood cords (13.3 cords/commercial acre). Individual tract volumes are prorated with commercial acreage for Warren at 378.3 acres and 35.7 acres for the Lincoln tract. Total stumpage value is estimated to be roughly $214,000 (this estimate accounts for the estimated $47,000 in road and trail upgrades needed to access the timer resource).
Site evidence indicates harvesting last occurred roughly 30 years ago where a combination of group clear-cuts and thinning occurred. Three primary age classes exist: 6-7” size class (the result of the last harvest), 12-14” size class (the majority of volume), and an older age class with diameters in excess of 16”. Thinning and regeneration patch cuts can occur at any time.
Based on the timber data, a species composition of hardwood prevails (92%), with red spruce, hemlock and balsam fir accounting for the softwood component.
Sawlog composition includes yellow birch (41%), sugar maple (37%) and spruce/fir (16%), with the balance consisting of hemlock, red maple and white birch. Pulpwood volume is roughly divided by beech, yellow birch and sugar maple.