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Haystack Mountain Forest

Hazen's Notch Road : Lowell, VT 05847

Orleans County, Vermont

1,071 Acres
$680,000 USD
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Land Description

Haystack Mountain Forest is an affordable timber and/or sugarbush opportunity with attractive species composition, productive soils, secure access and excellent potential for asset appreciation from the timber resource. Investment highlights include: species mix dominated by sugar maple; the timber resource is well-positioned for asset appreciation; the asking price is 88% of Capital Timber Value; there is secure access with power nearby; and a possible sugarbush opportunity with 26,000 or more potential taps on east-facing slopes with good sap-flow conditions.

The property's primary access is off Route 58 (aka Hazen Notch Road) from which a deeded right-of-way provides access to the northern 61% of the property's terrain. The property's terrain is shaped by Haystack Mountain, whose eastern slopes comprise most of the property. Gentle to moderate slopes are common on the majority of the land, and are well suited to mechanized forest harvest operation systems. Along the higher elevations, closer to the Haystack peak, terrain is steep with spotty rock outcrops. Terrain on the 113-acre, stand-alone parcel to the south is similarly gentle at lower elevation and steeper as the property increases in elevation. The west-to-east sloping terrain on the property provides soils that are predominately well-drained and highly productive. Elevation ranges from 2,460' to 1,510'.

A species composition dominated by hardwoods prevails, with hardwoods at 96% and softwoods at 4% of total volume. Species composition for all products combined offers a favorable mix and is led by sugar maple followed by yellow birch, American beech, and red maple. The sawlog volume breakdown consists largely of sugar maple (70%) and yellow birch (18%). This species composition is well suited to a long-term timber investment, with solid markets regionally and into Quebec for all products and species growing on the land. Forest density can generally be considered as fully stocked, with the average Basal Area (BA) at 81 ft2 on 195 stems/acre. Stem quality is generally average for the region, with the highest quality stems present in the growing stock size classes. Since the tenure of the current ownership began in 1997, thinning and small group cuts were conducted in 2003 and 2005 on the majority of the forest. No silvicultural activity has been conducted on the stand-alone, 113-acre parcel. In areas treated for regeneration, advanced sapling regeneration is well established. Recent data has produced a property-wide Capital Timber Value (CTV) of $776,400.

The property offers a potential sugarbush opportunity, given the level of maple stocking, slope factor, access and proximity to electric power. The timber data indicate a total potential tap count of 36,307 taps, with roughly 95% of the taps from sugar maple and the balance from red maple. Trees 10” and greater were considered, providing an average of 36 taps/acre, covering the property's commercial acres. Also, the timber data indicate that an additional 11,000 taps will become available in the coming decades from the maple resource within the 5-8” diameter class.

The conservation easement permits: most sustainable and traditional forestry and sugarbush activities, non-vehicular public recreation and hunting; one camp structure of 800 ft2.

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