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RISI identifies global timberland ownership totaling US$370 billion in assets

BOSTON , Aug. 26, 2014 (Press Release) - 

Despite timberland ownership remaining heavily concentrated in North America, the industry is experiencing a shift onto a more global scale. Approximately US$57 billion in assets are managed by the top 30 Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs) alone, one-third of which are now currently based outside of the United States. These and other key findings were released today in a new database by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

"In compiling ownership details covered in the database, we were able to identify and correct certain misconceptions that exist within the sector. For example, it has been commonly perceived that timberland investment beyond North America has been highly concentrated in Oceania. However, based on an accounting of pension fund activity in timberland in Europe and Latin America, we've found that non-North American investment is, in fact, more evenly distributed between three regions," explained Robert Flynn, co-author and Director of International Timber at RISI.

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