Meinzine Branch is a 133 acre timber and recreational tract that offers the opportunity for seclusion while being close to town located in Elmore County, Alabama.
Meinzine Branch is located near the fall line between the upper coastal plain and the piedmont region. This is where the terrain begins to transition from relatively flat to that of rolling hills. The aerial photos of this tract highlight its rural setting. Timberland, pastures and a few residences bound the tract. The town of Wetumpka is just 7 miles to the southwest. Wetumpka offers multiple dining, lodging, grocery, and fuel amenities. Wetumpka also has a hospital in very close proximity to the tract. Meinzine Branch is just a “few hundred feet” off of GA Hwy 170 and can be accessed from US Hwy 231 in mere minutes. It is a 20-to-25-minute drive to either Interstate 65 or I-85. The heart of Montgomery, Alabama, is 25 miles away, and Montgomery Regional Airport is 33 miles.
Meinzine Branch has good access that, with some care, is suitable for 4x4 traffic most of the year. The tract has approximately 3,930 feet of frontage on Woodham Road, a dirt and gravel county-maintained road. Woodham Road offers three access points to the tract. It has an approximate one mile’s worth of interior roads and trails. These are primarily traversable by 4x4, but some will require UTV or ATV. These trails provide access to the food plots and the edges of timber types. There is direct access to power.
Meinzine Branch features gently rolling terrain and ranges from about 360 to 445 feet in elevation. Soils are well drained and productive for timber production. Thanks to Meinzine Branch, the property is well watered and provides both that resource and forage for wildlife. Proximity to power and being situated very close to Wetumpka makes this tract ideal for a home site or development in the future. Located in a part of Alabama with strong game species populations, this tract has browse, water, and cover habitat, which will attract wildlife. Perhaps one of this tract’s most attractive features is its proximity to public waters. Jordan Lake, The Coosa River, The Alabama River, the Tallapoosa River, and Lake Martin are all within a 20-minute drive from the Meinzine Branch tract. It holds the potential to be a fisherman’s dream!
F&W Forestry Services, Inc. inventoried the timber in July of 2023. The resulting volume estimates are as follows:
|Pine Pulpwood||4,175 tons|
|Pine Chip-n-saw||1,746 tons|
|Pine Sawtimber||116 tons|
|Hardwood Pulpwood||2,630 tons|
|Hardwood Sawtimber||1,939 tons|
The combined total commercial per acre volume is estimated at 80.6 tons on the merchantable acreage. Stumpage values were assigned by F&W Forestry Services, Inc. in August of 2023, producing a property-wide merchantable timber value estimate of $145,500.
There is an approximate 76 acres of 16-year-old loblolly pine plantation on this tract. This plantation has now reached the age and merchantable size where it is ready to be thinned. The primary purpose of the thinning is to keep the timber growing and developing well. Once thinned, the site resources (water, nutrients, etc.) will be more readily available to the residual trees, helping them grow into the sawtimber class, thus adding significant size and value. Of course, each landowner has different objectives, but once thinned, the wildlife value of the plantation will grow as more forage will be available. If financial objectives are the driving force, this plantation should reach its financial maturity at or near age 27, when it could be harvested for maximum profit. Unless other higher and better uses pressure a landscape change, reforesting with loblolly will continue maximum timber production.
This tract also has about 52 acres of hardwood, most of which exists along Meinzine Branch. Much of this timber value can also be captured through harvest, but there will be some limitations on harvest near the run of the branch to protect water quality. Many landowners choose to keep hardwood stands intact for their aesthetic and wildlife value.