An affordable pine plantation investment property with an excellent location, planted pines and mature hardwood stands. This multi-use tract is just south of Augusta, GA and offers hiking, camping, hunting and home site development, all while timber growth provides opportunities for periodic revenue and asset appreciation.
St Clair Tract is situated in western Burke County, Georgia. Burke County is the second largest county by area in the state. Waynesboro, the county seat, is fifteen miles east and provides several lodging and dining options.
Augusta is thirty miles north and Savannah is just over one hundred miles southeast. Each of these small cities offer all the amenities of a larger city. Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is about two and a half hours away.
The property has nearly a mile of road frontage along GA Highway 305, paralleling an active railroad corridor. The land’s access originates at the junction of Highway 305 and Terrell Forth Road, a county-maintained dirt road at a railroad crossing, providing 2,145’ of frontage. The internal woods road network commences from Terrell Forth Road, traversing throughout the property for roughly 8,360’. This road system is in good condition, well suited to recreational and future forest management purposes.
Like most of Burke County, the property sits in a rural area with scattered settlements and abundant farm and forestland. Topography is gently rolling, setting the stage for ease of plantation management, development of roadways, and recreational pursuits. There are two small SMZs and associated stream corridors, one on the western boundary and one on the eastern. The rest of the property is upland with planted pine plantations throughout. The main soil is Orangeburg with some Faceville and Lucy.
St Clair Tract is covered almost entirely by planted pine plantations. 260 acres of pines were planted in 2002. The remaining timbered acreage is natural hardwoods. Some of the hardwood area could be harvested; however, the large majority is in SMZs and therefore considered non-merchantable.
The stand density of the 2002 plantation is generally overstocked with pre-merchantable stems whose average diameter is roughly 4.6" DBH. As such, thinning is recommended, as soon as the pulpwood market allows, to reduce stocking and concentrate growth on the selected crop trees. The thinning activity will provide modest income for the new owner and set the stage for a more robust growth rate. An alternative management option can be to liquidate the existing planted pine crop when the pulpwood market is favorable.