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Optimizing Your Outdoors Online Broker SpotlightTom Smith Land Homes Into the Forest Happenings Real Estate Showcase Directory of Potlatch Preferred Brokers Back in the day bringing along bulky maps and field guides was the only way to figure out where you were going in the woods and what types of wildlife you saw along the way. Of course in the digital age thats no longer the case. In addition to online mapping and wildlife facts a variety of websites and apps can be helpful if you are buying or improving a rural property or if you are figuring out nearby recreational options. Below is a list of a few helpful online tools that may soon have you wondering how you ever lived without them. Of course be sure you have service where youre going or that you can download what you need and access it when youre offline. This mapping site offers a way to search for and browse thousands of professionally made maps that can be exported to Apple or Android devices. Users can find their location record GPS tracks find different places and create place marks to remember where spots of interest are. You are here. This is another excellent option for online mapping that is designed for mobile devices. caters to the outdoorsman offering features for hunters that include delineating public and private lands property boundaries back roads and trails. On the right path The Night Sky This app helps kids learn about constellations. By using geo-tracking The Night Sky shows the stars and planetsTom Smith of Tom Smith Land and Homes is known as The Land Man for a very good reason-- hes the only local real estate professional who focuses solely on the land market. He and his 22-member team serve the needs of buyersinvestors and sellers throughout Mississippi. Tom had spent many years climbing the corporate ladder including 15 years with Wal-Mart where he rose to the rank of Vice President of Operations. He lived in 11 different states and traveled the world but after 27 years in corporate America what he wanted most was to come home. Home for him is Mississippi. I was born and raised in Meridian he said. As a kid I hunted and fished. I was always outside. Still an avid outdoorsman Tom wanted to live and work in a place that would offer him plenty of OPTIMIZING YOUR OUTDOORS ONLINE BROKER SPOTLIGHT Tom Smith Land Homes Continued page 4 In the field in action on a variety of devices. Continued on page 2 1 Q Given the volatility this year in the stock market does that increase peoples interest in buying land And how does land compare as an investment A Certainly when the stock market is having significant swings that will cause investors to look even more at other alternatives such as land. We have been seeing some of that so far in 2016. A key to any investment is buying in at a fair price. And if you decide to purchase timberland based on history it can be a smart move. According to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries if you invested 1 in timberland in 1986 on average you would now have 28 compared to 16 if you had invested in the SP 500 over that time. Of course past performance is not a guarantee of future trends. That said the value outlook appears bright going forward due to the continued strength of the market for new homes which plays a major role in driving demand for lumber and in turn timber. Its important that you work with a real estate expert who knows land so you can properly weigh all these sorts of factors into your buying decision. For more information and insights please visit our Online Resource Library and see Bobs full presentation on The Fundamentals of Timberland Investing. Bob King has been in the land brokerage and forest management business for over 25 years. He has achieved the esteemed Accredited Land Consultant designation awarded by the Realtors Land Institute RLI. Bob is currently the national instructor for the Timberland Evaluation course for RLI. In 2004 Bob was named Land Broker of the Year by the South Carolina RLI Chapter and he was President of the South Carolina RLI Chapter in 2003 2004 and 2007. We are pleased to have him as a contributor. 2 INTO THE FOREST opportunities to pursue his hobbies. For him Mississippi has it all.We have amazing deer and duck hunting as well as terrific bass fishing said Tom. Best of all nothing freezes over here so I can fish all year round Its also a great place to raise a family and Tom his wife Ellen and their two daughters Kathleen and Samantha spend many happy hours boating on Lake Caroline. In 2002 he launched Tom Smith Land and Homes and quickly found his niche. No one was really focusing on land he said. Business has grown by leaps and bounds and Tom is delighted to be a Potlatch Preferred Broker.Potlatch land has been superiorly managed over time making it an above-average investment. As anAccredited Land ConsultantTom provides specialized knowledge to his clients. I dont just sell you land he said. I can offer advice on how to design develop and maintain it. He doesnt miss his days in corporate America a bit because hes found his true calling. I have a passion for what I do he said. I dont have to go to work-- I get to go to work For more information about Tom Smith Land Homes or its Potlatch land listings 61 Crescent Blvd. Suite 103 Ridgeland MS 39157 Phone 601-898-2772 Website Email HAPPENINGS POTLATCH EARNS REAL ESTATE MERIT BADGE Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Clearwater County Idaho celebrate the purchase of a property from Potlatch that will be used for hiking and camping.The transaction was part of a Potlatch swappurchase with another more remote Scout-owned tract which helped the group gain the funds for its new property which offers easier year-round access. Continued from page 1 BROKER SPOTLIGHT So many ways to connect with us WITH PROPERTIES FROM 20 TO OVER 200 ACRES AND PRICES TO FIT ANY BUDGET 3 YOUR SEARCH BEGINS HERE. TIE CREEK PARCEL 16 Orofino Idaho 20 acres 59900 STONEY CREEK Zim Minnesota 160 Acres 134900 BANKS 40 Banks Arkansas 40 Acres 110800 MADISON COUNTY PINE Madison County Mississippi 126 Acres 378000 Tie Creek Subdivision is a rural planned community tucked away within one of the most beautiful settings of Clearwater County overlooking the Dworshak Reservoir. All lots are nicely wooded and large enough to provide privacy for your dream home or cabin. Additional neighboring acreage available. For more information about this or other Idaho properties contact Rick Musick United Country Musick Sons 208-983-0069 Whats better than 160 acres of woods water and wildlife Add a pond and meandering creek through the property and you have and ideal hunting and recreational site Mix in Aspen and other Northern hardwoods along the creek bed.A few ponds south of the creek make for wildlife galore Abuts state land to south east For more information about this or other Minnesota properties contact Natalie Cowart United Country Real Estate Banning JunctionMoose Lake 218-485-0229 Located in the northwestern Bradley County Highway 278 runs along a portion of the east boundary providing excellent access and approximately 400 feet of frontage and utility access. A small pond its excellent location and fine forest make this a perfect recreational getaway or your next home site For more information about this or other Arkansas properties contact J.D. Neeley United Country - Neeley Forestry Service Inc. 870-836-5981 Located only 15 miles east of I-55 this is a great opportunity for someone to purchase a tract that will provide immediate recreational opportunities and long term timber returns. The tract has paved frontage on Pat Luckett Road with electricity and water available. For more information about this or other Mississippi properties contact Scott Lindsey United Country - Gibson Realty Land Company 601-250-0017 REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE ARKANSAS United Country Neeley Forestry Service Inc. J.D.Neeley Camden AR 870-836-5981 Kingwood Forestry Services Pete Prutzman Monticello AR 1-800-308-3831 Davis Dubose Knight Forestry Real Estate Mark Knight Little Rock AR 1-888-695-8733 WISCONSIN Lakeland Land Company Ryan Hanson Minocqua WI 715-358-LAND 5263 IDAHO United Country Musick Sons Rick Musick Grangeville ID 208-983-0069 MISSISSIPPI United Country Gibson Realty Land Company Scott Lindsey McComb MS 39648 601-248-3561 Tom Smith Land Homes Tom Smith Ridgeland MS 39157 601-209-3284 ALABAMA MINNESOTA United Country Banning Junction Real Estate Natalie Cowart Moose Lake MN 612-390-3945 CloseConverse Properties Jody Osterloh Brainerd MN 1-866-403-LAND 5263 Bear Island Land Co. Inc. Charlie Chernak Ely MN 218-365-2800 POTLATCH PREFERRED BROKER NETWORK Let us show you why your Potlatch Preferred Broker is the only name youll need to know when it comes to buying property. Please contact the broker nearest your area of interest or visit us at We look forward to helping you with your property search OPTIMIZING YOUR OUTDOORS ONLINE overhead at any given time.Or if there are cloudy conditionsit can offer advice on when the best nights will be to look overhead at the stars. Oh my stars Whitetail365ThisblogontheFieldandStream.comwebsitebywriters ScottBestulandDaveHurteauoffersacombinationoffunhuntingitems and helpful tips on such topics as planting food plots and picking the best bow for bow hunting.And if this blog doesnt suit your fancy there is a wide variety of other blogs related to outdoor activities on the site. Find the big bucks. Offered by the American Forest Association this website offers a lot of good information if you are looking for an introduction to growing managing and harvesting timber and thats valuable if thats going to factor into your buying decision.The site also offers a way to subscribe to the associations quarterly magazinecalled Woodland which offers information for forestland property owners. Wood you like more info This site produced by seven agencies including the National Park Service Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service includes information on thousands of parks forests lakes museums and areas managed by federal agencies around the country. It also offers a way to make reservations at many of the areas along with links to information on visiting certain areas of the country. Get out and recreate Online resources are endless and new ones come online daily so look for this to be a recurring feature. And if you want to kick it old-school and talk to a member of our team please do Wed love to hear from you so give us a call come meet us for coffee in our offices or lets get out in the woods on a property tour. We like to call this app Customer Service. At Potlatch we know that your next land buying experience is in our hands and were committed to making it everything you think it should beand more TeamPotlatch BuyingLand ExceedingExpectations Continued from page 1 4 CORPORATE OFFICE 601 West First Street Spokane WA 99201 509 835-1500