Associates’ capital goes to add forests to Avenir Forêt’s portfolio. Forests with large volumes of standing wood at advantageous cost are sought within a few hours drive of the manager’s base in Sainte-Féréole, just north of Brive-la-Gaillarde. Specifically, the French departments Corrèze, Cantal, Lot, Dordogne and Haute-Vienne are preferred.
Potential forests must have a bright future, meaning that high-value trunks will be harvested in the coming 20 to 40 years, but also that subsequent generations of trees will follow continually.
The choice of forests is also guided by climate risk management: exposure to storms, drought, fires, and disease are minimized by favoring a variety of ages and kinds of trees over a large geographical area.
Finally, the beauty and ecological value of the forest count. Living and working in the area, the managers find forests for sale more easily than investors living in distant cities.