Declining U.S. timberland investing acreage leaves questions as to what investors can expect in 2011 and beyond; DANA's Dennis Neilson to address trends in free i2live audio conference call Aug. 11

LOS ANGELES , August 2, 2011 (press release) – Between 2002 and 2008, U.S. timberland investors had abundant domestic investing opportunities -- yearly transactions never fell below three million acres, and actually surpassed nine million acres in 2005. But in recent years investing opportunities have all but evaporated. By 2010, with forest product company land gone, investing acreage fell to less than one million acres, and in 2011 it will not be a lot better.

With the timberland investing “surge” now over, what are the trends investors can expect in 2011 and beyond? Dennis Neilson will address this and other questions in an audio conference call sponsored by Industry Intelligence on August 11. In the call, Neilson will provide an overview of the findings of DANA Ltd.’s soon-to-be-published sixth edition of International Timberlands Ownership and Investment Review.

The 2011 edition profiles more than 1,050 land owners and direct investors/funds from around the world. It also covers 55 Sovereign Wealth Funds, 95 North American pension funds, as well as 63 overseas pension funds that have, or are looking to invest in timberlands. The report also has chapters on global tree carbon offset trading trends, several overseas regional investment options, and data and discussion on timberland investment returns. Changing return expectations are a major source of debate in 2011. Does the T-NCREIF Index fairly measure returns in the medium term, or are changes required? With the USA domestic volatility/decline in log prices over the last decade, should all overseas timberland projects attract risk premia over domestic options, or should that perhaps be reversed for some investments?

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International timberland investment trends -- what comes after the "surge"? Identify opportunities. Evaluate risk.
Thursday, August 11, 2:00 PM ET/18:00 GMT
Dennis Neilson, director, DANA Ltd., New Zealand

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About DANA Limited
Dana Limited is a New Zealand based forest industry publishing and consulting business. It has published/co-authored more than 40 multi-client reviews, including multi-country/global Reviews on timberland ownership/investment, tree plantation economics and woodfibre trade. It also consults to a number of international organizations on a variety of forestry topics; and has organized several global travel programs for clients to visit forestry operations and wood product markets.

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