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Identifying the “best” timberland REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) is subjective and can depend on various factors such as investment goals, risk tolerance, and specific criteria.
Here are a few notable timberland-focused REITs that have been prominent in the industry.
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1. Weyerhaeuser Company (WY)
Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest timberland owners and managers in the United States.
They own and manage vast tracts of timberland, engage in sustainable timber harvesting, and have diverse operations in timber products and real estate.
2. Rayonier Inc. (RYN)
Rayonier is a timberland-focused REIT with significant land holdings in the United States and New Zealand.
They engage in sustainable timberland management, timber sales, and also have a real estate division involved in land sales and development.
3. PotlatchDeltic Corporation (PCH)
PotlatchDeltic is a timberland-focused REIT with land holdings primarily in the United States.
They engage in sustainable timber production, timberland management, and also have a real estate division involved in land sales and development.
4. CatchMark Timber Trust Inc. (CTT)
CatchMark Timber Trust is a REIT focused on timberland ownership and management.
They have diverse timberland holdings in the United States and engage in sustainable timber harvesting, timber sales, and long-term timberland appreciation.
5. Plum Creek Timber Company (merged with Weyerhaeuser)
Plum Creek Timber Company was a timberland REIT that merged with Weyerhaeuser Company in 2016.
While Plum Creek no longer operates as a separate entity, its merger with Weyerhaeuser expanded the latter's timberland portfolio and operations.