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Wilderness Realty, Inc.

Maine Land Sales Specialists

219 Acres Upper Enchanted Township

NEW LISTING

Large woodland tract in Upper Enchanted Township. 219 acres of managed timberland with views, brook and private access. Check out these features!

THE LAND

This timberland tract would make a great long-term investment AND a private cabin site in one of Maine's premier recreation areas. For the long term investor, this property will produce income for generations. Trees grow a bit every day from seedling to harvest. The land has many desirable species and is located in the heart of one of Maine's "wood baskets" within striking distance of nearby markets. In addition to being a fabulous investment, you can build that getaway cabin on one of the many building sites located on the property.

There are two access roads into the property which serve as legal access; both roads end on the land. One is about 3 miles from Route 201 off the Hardscrabble Road and accesses the north portion of the tract. This gravel road splits in two with both ending well into the property. The other is a winter road that can be upgraded for summer use. It comes off the Grace Pond Road in the south portion of the property and is very near Four Mile Brook which flows through this section of the land.

A network of trails branch out from the terminus of each road. One trail leads to a picturesque stand of sugar maples on a high ridge which would make for a prime building site. It would not take much improve this trail for vehicle use.

The land itself is timberland that has been managed for spruce and fir in the flats and hardwood on the ridges. It is home to a multitude of wildlife species. The moose have well worn trails throughout the property. There is a healthy ruffed grouse and black bear population. The white-tail deer are fewer in numbers but tend to be big in size.

THE AREA

When one purchases land, not only are they owning the actual land itself but they are also buying into the area. The main attraction of the western Maine mountains is the multitude of recreational opportunities available yet its remote ruggedness help keep the crowds away. There are thousands of acres of surrounding land open for just about any outdoor activity that you can imagine.

Snowmobiling in the winter is perhaps the areas best kept secret. There are hundreds miles of groomed trails that take you to such places as upstate New York, The Maritimes and Quebec, Canada. In addition for the intrepid, there are miles upon miles of off-trail riding. It is not unusual for a group of hardy souls to get together and climb some of the local mountain peaks.

ATV riding is becoming an established sport. There are club and State designated trails throughout the area. You can set out from the property, tie into one of the local trails and ride to lunch in Jackman, fish some remote pond or just cruise around enjoying nature's beauty.

Of course the area is known for the traditional sports of hunting, hiking, boating and fishing. Some of the best black bear, moose, grouse and trophy deer hunting is located here in the Jackman area. There are so many secret little ponds, large lakes, rivers and streams harboring brook and rainbow trout, salmon and smallmouth bass; one would not have enough time to discover them all.

Don't forget the expansive network of logging roads to explore. These lead to a variety of habitats, timber stands and unique areas that are just waiting to be discovered.

Just imagine sitting on the deck of your private cabin on a crisp Fall day smelling the fresh mountain air with just a hint of wood smoke. So make a point to take some time and schedule an appointment to view this unique investment opportunity. I am sure you will not be disappointed and will end up being a Maine landowner.

Listing Number: 130
Acres: 219
Water Access:
Price: $149900
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East Grace Pond Timberland Investment

This contiguous tract is a prime timberland asset for a diversified investment portfolio. There are many reasons to own and treat timberland as an investment. The key is to look at the benefits of good timberland.

The East Grace Pond Tract is sufficiently large enough at 431 acres to be a stand-alone timber management unit. It is designated as Conservation Land which forest land management is allowed. All of the wood can be landed to the nearly 1.5 miles of road which borders the property or passes through it; no new road needs to be constructed to get to the timber. The property is located approximately 4.5 miles from Route 201 and is accessed by a well-built timber haul road. This road is a legal way to the property with no timber use tolls.

For the most part, the topography of the property is favorable for timber harvesting. The terrain from Grace Pond to the road is flat. From the road to the east boundary, the land rises with the majority being operable. Spruce and fir dominate the flats while a mature hardwood stand occurs in the southeastern 200 acres. The remaining land is composed of a mixture of spruce-fir and hardwood species.

Markets for these species are within easy trucking of the property. There is a studmill near Jackman and Canadian log mills can be reached from Route 201 as well. To the south there are a number of pulp mills that routinely buy roundwood and chips from the Grace Pond area.

One aspect of this timberland investment is the potential for an income stream. Timberland as an investment is usually looked upon as a long-term venture. This is true with the East Grace Pond Tract. There is plenty of growing stock, especially spruce and fir, that in time would yield a good income. There is also nearly 200 acres of mature timber that can provide immediate cash. This stand is composed of some high quality white birch, yellow birch, red maple and especially sugar maple log quality trees.

Another viable income consideration, unique to this property, is a maple sugar operation. The stand composition of the 200 acres is nearly half sugar maple on a south east slope. These trees can be tapped annually and the sap can be collected by a gravity fed network of tubing to the roadside. An annual income can be realized by selling the sap, making and selling the syrup or a tap stumpage fee.

Carrying costs for the long term are minimal. The property is enrolled in the Tree Growth Tax Program which affords the lowest tax valuation allowed under State law. Road maintenance costs are shared by all owners served by the private road system.

The East Grace Pond Tract is a viable timberland investment which is located in the forest "bread basket" of Maine. It would make a nice addition for the sophisticated investor looking to diversify into an often overlooked asset by the masses but one that has proved a solid venture over time.

Listing Number: 117
Acres: 431
Water Access: Lake Frontage||Water Frontage||Water Views
Price: $297000
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Maine Forest Service

Maine Forest Service Fire Danger Sign

Maine Forest Service Fire Danger Sign

In 1921, Warren G. Harding’s administration established the Maine Forest Service. At that time, a department named the Division of Forest Health and Monitoring maintained it. Preserving the health of Maine’s 17.7 million acres of forestland, the state’s most important resource, was its main priority. Foresters safeguarded the trees against infestation, disease and damage. Today, the Maine Forest Service continues to be a part of The Division of Forest Health and Monitoring, now known as the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Its values remain the same as they did in 1921. It still protects the forest for present and future generations.
 
Policy and Management Division
 

The Maine Forest Service has different divisions or sections. The Forest Policy and Management Division provides information and educational skills. They service a number of people and organizations like land owners, stakeholders and forest products producers. The Forest Policy and Management Division observes and enforces laws while providing outreach services. It employs specialists to provide technical assistance through workshops, demonstrations and presentations. Specialists oversee forest protection, marketing of products and rural and urban programs.

Forest Protection Division

Another part of the Maine Forest Service is Forest Protection. Their primary purpose is to provide protection to the forest, homes and businesses from wildfire. The Forest Protection workers are experts in forest conservation. Conservation technicians work alongside a forester and perform a number of duties. They mostly work in the field researching and recording data. They gather information by measuring timber, locating property lines, checking for insect or disease damage and fire hazards. Conservation technicians plant seedlings and monitor seedling growth. They also prevent fires by cleaning brush and participating in controlled burns.

Programs, Permits and Services

In effort to preserve Maine’s forest, the Forest Service provides a number of programs to its citizens. They issue burn permits for anyone needing to burn brush or debris. Citizens can burn any time during the year, but burn bans can prevent the burning if conditions are extremely windy or dry. The Forest Service provides campfire permits for use at rural campsites. Not all campsites require a permit. Most of the ones that do are very remote. The Maine Forest Service has a large number of volunteer fire fighters. The Forest Service trains and equips the volunteers with the tools necessary to fight fires in less populated areas.

 

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MY LAND GROWING CHRISTMAS TREES

Christmas Trees

Another “cottage industry” in Maine that will provide a woodlot owner with income.  There are two ways to approach this.  The first is to plant seedlings, preferably balsam fir, in a field or cleared area.  Seedlings can be purchased from nurseries or government agencies.  The Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District is one such agency that offers an annual tree and shrub sale in the spring.  A 6’ X 6’ spacing is sufficient to provide enough room for the trees to spread.

Another source is wild trees.  Simply walk your property in early spring and carefully dig up 6-10” fir seedlings for transplanting.  Good places to look are along woods roads, trails and openings.  Transplant them soon after harvesting.

If you have an area with established fir regeneration 2+ feet in height, thin out the stand to the desired 6’ X 6’ spacing.  Favor healthy looking trees with good needle growth.

To get your trees in the traditional Christmas-tree shape, you need to prune every year.  Mid June is the best time when new growth is established but not yet “budded out”.  A hedge trimmer is a good tool for this purpose.  A manual one is fine for a small grove of trees, for a larger operation this task will be easier with a power (electric or gas) trimmer.  They key to trimming is to start shaping the tree in the traditional shape when the trees are still small.  Cut the leaders when the trees are about 3 feet tall to promote bushy growth.

I have about 140 trees that I have been planting in rotation for the past 16 years.  Some are from wild stock and others were purchased.  I can trim up the trees with a hand trimmer in about 12 hours; though it is taking longer now that I have more large trees.  I have been selling a few each year on a “cut your own basis”.  Of course each year we get to pick out the best one for our own use.

Fir trees will easily grow on most land.  Our listings at www.wildernessrealty.com are excellent candidates for growing Christmas trees.  Check out our inventory!

MY LAND AS A WOODLOT

The biggest activities conducted on my property, other than the construction of my home,  was two timber harvests; one in the winter of 1992 and the other in the winter of 1997.  A total of 485 cords were cut yielding approximately $16,800 in stumpage value.  This activity was by far the biggest income producer generated by my LAND INVESTMENT.

Approximately 19 acres was cut during 1992.  The area harvested occurred behind my home on the western 2/3rds of the west rectangle.  This section was previously harvested in the 1970s and was nearly a clearcut.  The harvest was basically a removal of the remaining overstory with Spruce, Fir, Hemlock, Hardwood and White Pine being targeted species.  Most of the wood was sold as pulp and studwood along with a load of pine logs.

In 1997 the cut area was comprised of 53 acres and included the entire wooded portion of the east rectangle and about 3 acres on the west rectangle to the north of my home.  This section was not harvested for many decades and consisted of mostly mature timber.  The harvest prescription was to cut softwood, popple and log quality oak, which was painted.  Tree species sold were Spruce, Fir, Larch, Popple, White Pine and Oak.  Again most of the wood was sold as studwood and pulpwood.  Approximately 23 MBF of oak and pine logs were delivered to the mills.  I kept another 40 cords of firewood, mostly oak tops and limbs along with a few Red Maple which were harvested incidentally.

My property still has plenty of merchantable timber.  The harvest crew left many trees that did not quite meet the initial prescription; and after 13 years have grown even bigger.  Consequently I can justify another harvest of Popple, Spruce, Fir and White Pine in the immediate future.  In addition, at the current rate that I am cutting firewood (6 cords annually), there is more hardwood growing on the property than I can use in my lifetime.

Most of the residual, merchantable timber is on the east rectangle.  The west rectangle is well stocked with mostly softwood regeneration and would probably be ready for a pulpwood thinning in the next 20 years, maybe sooner.

Other than an outright sale of the property, timber harvesting is probably the single most valuable income producer of a woodlot.  As you can see by my experience, income can be generated by successive, selective harvests.  My timberland investment has yielded me income over time; AND there is still plenty of remaining wood that can be harvested now AND there are trees growing for future harvests.  Need I say more.

You can be a timberland owner as well.  Just check out our listings at www.wildernessrealty.com

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