I have noticed a surge in last 6 months of timber harvesting. I am estimating a 400% increase and I am not referring to cutting for development such as student housing as was case last year adjacent to 301/bypass. I am speaking of numerous tracts old stand/previously uncut timber. I know there is usually reason when a surge in timber cutting occurs. I have checked prices and have been stagnant for last 2 years according to sources i have checked. The weather doesn't seem to be involved as has been dry enough to harvest. I suspect that the lapse of the Bush tax cuts has something to do with this as any income that falls in 2012 will qualify for lower rate. I expect other business concerns will follow example also so as not to pay higher taxes. This could be a boom year for revenue but I am really going to miss driving by some of these old stands of timber.
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