The Land Report

2019.1

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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started the process of identi- fying conservation assets and conservation buyers right away," explains Jonathan Burt, Land- Vest's Director of Timberland for the US South. "In an early meeting with Mark Williams, the Georgia Commissioner of Natural Resources, I sug- gested that he get his checkbook ready. ‡at was a way of putting the department on notice that the land was oˆcially on the market." Although there was interest from other investors, a con- servation deal seemed to make the most sense all around. "For decades, management of Cabin Blu‹ has focused on steward- ship and sustainability," says Mark Lewis, Senior Vice Presi- dent of WestRock's land and development business. "We are pleased that ‡e Nature Conservancy, an organization known for its commitment to protecting land for future generations, will now own this one-of-a-kind property." After two years, working in collaboration with the state and other government agencies, the sale of Cabin Blu‹ closed in the summer of 2018. Over the last century, Cabin Blu‹ changed hands during corporate mergers, yet much of the land remains untouched. ‡e hunting grounds are still bustling with wildlife, the shores of the Intercoastal Waterway are undeveloped, and the historic dock still reaches out towards Cumberland Island, now a designated National Park. LandVest, which specializes in timberland and luxury real estate, had established a long relationship with Cabin Blu‹, working with its array of corpo- rate owners over the last decade. So, it was a natural –t for the –rm to handle the listing for WestRock, the successors of the Mead Corporation that owned and managed the land. "Cabin Blu‹ was an exclu- sive listing given to us, and we BUSY MORNING The day traditionally starts off with a turkey hunt. Then come the quail. For decades, management of Cabin Bluff has focused on stewardship and sustainability. MARK LEWIS WESTROCK 79 L AN D R E P O RT.CO M SPRING 20 19 | e LandReport

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