Broad Brook Forest is ideally suited to long-term timber investment with its high-quality maple, yellow birch and ash sawlog component and standing timber value of Alternative uses include year-round home construction along any of the access points or conversion of some lands to sugarbush management. The property is in Royalton, Vermont, a mountainous and largely forested area rivers and streams passing the occasional homestead. South Royalton village is just 3.5 miles from the property and is home to Vermont Law School. From here, it is just 16 miles to the junction of Interstates 89 and 91 and the White and Connecticut Rivers.
There are two access points to the property, a network of woods trails and a well-maintained snowmobile trail. The forest covers much of the eastern portion of Broad Brook Mountain. Here, terrain falls in various directions from the mountain's many ridges and is generally gentle to, at times, moderate. Several small streams run through the land, primarily at the top of the watershed. The northern section of the forest has three subdivided and surveyed buildable lots (7.5, 20.7 and 10.5 acres), which are registered with the town.
The species composition is dominated by hardwoods (84%), with softwoods holding the balance (16%). Species composition for all products combined offers a diverse mix and is led by sugar maple, with the primary other species consisting of red maple, yellow birch, hemlock, white ash and beech. Aside from recent group patch cuts, forest density is generally represented by fully-stocked stands covering most of the acreage. The forest is currently in a free-to-grow state with no thinning activity required for 10 years. Sawlog value is largely dominated by sugar maple, with yellow birch, ash and red maple comprising nearly the entire balance. This ensures that future value growth will occur on the species that are highly desirable in the marketplace. The diameter distribution generally indicates a middle-aged forest, consisting of an older age class of roughly 75 years and a younger age class of 30-40 years. The next thinning cycle will likely focus on additional regeneration cuts by removal of mature sawlog stems, creating considerable income generation.
The property may offer a sugarbush opportunity on some of its acreage. Much of the land slopes into the two access points; however, some areas fall to the east away from the access points. The 2017 timber inventory data indicate a property-wide potential tap count of 21,295, with roughly 64% of the taps from sugar maple and the balance from red maple. Electric power is roughly 2,000' from the land's northern access road.