Gilead Brook Forest in Bethel, Vermont, is tucked into a classic, narrow Vermont hollow. Seldom does a small property come to market, valued largely as a timber investment, whose price is supported by an exceptional timber resource. Of particular interest is the high quality of the maturing hardwood resource, which exists on the land’s western half in stands that have been meticulously managed for decades. In addition, much of the hemlock component is mature and can benefit from thinning. This offers an income stream while the hardwoods continue to further develop into the sawlog veneer product classes.
Soils are well-drained with good site productivity, which is evident from the tall stems and high crown-to-bole ratios. Sugar maple is the major species and, given its above average diameters and considerably high total stems per acre, the property offers a good sugarbush opportunity with roughly 4,000 potential taps.
Bethel is a crossroads town where the north-south Route 12 meets the east-west Route 107. Downtown Bethel is 3 miles from Interstate 89, which connects the area to Burlington to the northwest and major metropolitan areas to the south.