We completed full land-use studies on all our forests this year, and opened up new areas for individual hunters as well as clubs.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (PRWEB) June 13, 2008
Rayonier's new Web site, http://www.rayonierhunting.com, offers simple map-driven searches to locate and contract for exclusive hunting rights (or, hunting leases) on its land. The timber company offers hunting agreements for more than 1.8 million acres of land in the Southeast. Aerial photographs and topographic maps help hunters make decisions about the terrain and location that best suit their needs, and help identify likely habitat for their targeted game. An online auction bidding process allows hunters to pay market-based rates for their chosen tract.
On the Rayonier site, sportsmen and sportswomen can quickly locate available hunting land in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas where the timber company manages forestland to Sustainable Forestry Initiative® guidelines. Since Rayonier manages timberland with attention to sustainability, and their lands have a range of forest maturity and density, quality habitat exists for a wide array of wildlife.
Once a tract has been selected, online auction technology assists the hunter in securing a competitive price for their annual agreement. Hunters and hunt clubs can set their price limits for bidding as they compete for exclusive hunting rights for the 2008-2009 season. Minimum bids per acre vary depending on habitat features, accessibility, and the variety and number of game species. Online bidding begins June 15, 2008 and continues through July 31, 2008.
On Rayonier's Southern timberlands, deer hunting and turkey hunting are especially popular, with bear hunting and hog hunting as regional favorites. Rayonier plans to add online access to its New York lands in 2009, making it easier to search for lands where hunters can pursue Northern big game.
"We expect to have more than 250,000 acres of land available for licensing this season, with a broad selection of locations," said Larry Davis, director of Eastern Forest Resources for Rayonier. Renewals of existing agreements secured the balance of the company's huntable acres during last month's online renewal process.
Nevertheless, the amount of land available to bid this year is unprecedented for Rayonier, according to Davis. "We completed full land-use studies on all our forests this year, and opened up new areas for individual hunters as well as clubs." New this year are several tracts in the 1,000 acre range sought by individuals and families. "We think these smaller sites will be affordable to more people, and will encourage families and small groups to enjoy hunting, too," Davis said.
Rayonier is a leading international forest products company with three core businesses: Timber, Real Estate and Performance Fibers. The company owns, leases or manages 2.6 million acres of timber and land in the United States and New Zealand. The company's real estate development subsidiary, TerraPointe LLC, maximizes the value of its extensive higher-and-better use properties, particularly in the fast-growing counties along Interstate 95 between Savannah, Georgia, and Daytona Beach, Florida, where Rayonier owns approximately 200,000 acres. Rayonier is structured as a real estate investment trust. More at http://www.rayonier.com.