James Holleylast updated: January 2015

James Holley is Timbervest LLC's Regional Forester for the Western Gulf Coast.

The West Gulf region includes Mississippi, Louisiana, eastern Texas, southeast Oklahoma, and southern Arkansas. This is geographic region is considered “Southern Pine Country.” Pines are classified as softwood trees and are in abundance, whether in natural forests or plantations. There are also hardwoods, although commercially, they are secondary to softwoods.

Products made from southern yellow pines include paper and pulp (paper, cardboard, tissue), panels, (plywood and oriented strand board), lumber (2x4s, etc), and poles (utility poles). Products from hardwoods include paper, pallets, and railroad ties. Only a small volume of high end products like fine lumber or hardwood flooring comes from hardwoods in this region.

The land in this region is generally even, with few dramatic topography changes. The Coastal Plain is a broad band of land paralleling the coast; it is quite flat and can have very high growth rates. The “uplands” are more varied in terms of topography and can be slightly rolling, with some streams.

After a harvest, the forest is regenerated. Fast-growing, genetically improved pine seedlings are purchased from nurseries that have specialized seed orchards that produce the best trees. We use those seedlings along with state-of-the-art silvicultural operations to establish productive loblolly pine plantations. Also, slash pine and longleaf pine species are occasionally planted. Secondarily, natural pine stands can be regenerated by natural methods such as seed tree and shelter wood whereby existing trees are used as seed sources for the new generation of trees.

On a thinning harvest, the timber to be left behind is generally painted or marked by our consulting foresters under the supervision of the regional manager. This is because we want only the best trees left behind to grow forward into valuable sawtimber. This also delivers our value and volume expectations for a timber sale. We want high yields and returns, while maintaining a healthy forest environment.

Timber is usually sold directly to a paper mill, lumber mill, or logging contractor. Sales can be bid out or negotiated, and they can be pay-as-cut or occasionally lump sum. The payment method varies on what is best for that situation. Our consulting foresters supervise the logging on a day-to-day basis.

Some properties include mineral assets such as oil and gas, brine, or iron ore, the extraction of which requires separate management. Minerals can deliver significant revenue, along with that from hunting leases.

Timbervest foresters and consultants manage our forests to the highest standards of sustainable forestry and Best Management Practices guidelines. Also, Timbervest foresters and consultants manage our forests under the guideline of the Tree Farm Program, which supports the concepts of sustainable forestry. In this program, reforestation, managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for many products are integrated with conservation of soil, water, wildlife, and aesthetics.

Contact James Holley

Contact James Holley

Timbervest, LLC
Regional Forester, West Gulf
31 Murdock Drive
Monroeville, Alabama  36460
Phone: (251) 575-3642
Fax: (251) 575-3253


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

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