This short course has been designed and developed for the participants of the International Forest Business Conference, 2020, in Sopot, Poland. Land management pressures around the world have placed increased pressures on forestland managers to provide quality wood products to the marketplaces near, and sometimes far from the properties where trees grow. At the same time, habitats for fisheries, wildlife, and aviary species receive governmental policy directives to mandate how timber products are grown and harvested. Carbon sequestration in trees grown for timber production has received attention as a potential revenue source, but integration of possible revenues with associated costs remains elusive to many asset managers.
This class guides participants through considerations of long-term financial optimization using technologies of biometrics, spatial analysis, and forest economics. True financial optimization is achieved for the current timber rotation, the next rotation, then each rotation through perpetuity.
Dr. Schlosser developed the Forest Resource Analysis System software – FRASS – aligned within competitive timber marketplaces, to forecast forestland property values through time. The FRASS platform integrates biometrics, physical site characteristics, timber market price predictions, and landowner economic characteristics to make Highest and Best Use value determinations. Forestland Appraisals will be generated through the software by participants in this event. Learners in this class will be given on-line access to the secure software before, during, and after the class is conducted.
“Everyone should bring a laptop with wireless connectivity to the classes for the powerful experience of this forest econometrics event.”
This theme speaks to the asset managers of Timber Management Organizations, publicly traded timber investment firms, forestland owning lumber mills, governments, and others who own and manage timberlands. This class is for those who want to integrate Carbon sequestration and conservation easement protocols with their timber management financial objectives.
These factors come into focus through the timing of financial returns and trade-offs made, based on individual investor Impatience Factors through Time.
Those attending this class will gain a strong foundation to make profitable decisions about harvest timing of their timber assets.