New to Buying Recreational Property? Answer these questions first!

Hill River 40 in Swatara, MN, $49,900 Exclusive listing with Close~Converse Properties

If you’ve never bought recreational property – and we find that many recreational buyers are new to this – the process can seem a bit overwhelming. After all, what if you don’t know about how to value timber, how to think
about road access, or how to determine whether a tract has quality wildlife?

To get started, it helps to break things down by first answering some key questions. With the help of Rod Osterloh of by Close~Converse in Brainerd, Minnesota, one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network, here are five questions to answer that will help you organize your thinking:

  1. How will you use the property?
    Will you use it as a hunting camp? Do you plan to build a cabin? Will you be bringing the kids or grandkids to the property? And if you’re a hunter, what are your expectations for the quality of wildlife either on the property or nearby?
  2. Does timber value matter to you?
    For some recreational land buyers, selling timber occasionally is a nice bonus to owning a tract. For others, selling timber will be important in generating cash flow that can be put back into the property for improvements like fencing, food plots and selective clearing. “It’s important to work with a real estate broker who understands forestry and can work with experts to get you an idea of the timber potential of a certain property,” Rod says.
  3. What will your plans be for the property long-term?
    Before you buy, determine your plans for ownership. Will you own the property alone, or will you share ownership with your children? You should plan to go ahead and put the property in your will, so it’s clear who would inherit it. “Make sure everyone in your family is clear about the ownership and how and when the property will be used,” Rod says. “This will prevent disagreements, which can make the whole experience unpleasant – and that’s the last thing you want.”
  4. Do you plan to build on the property someday?
    This is a question you should answer now, because it would be frustrating to buy a property and then realize later that it isn’t the best acreage for your retirement cabin. “If someone wants to build later, we will look at everything from road access to availability for power, to whether the property has a quality building site,” Rod says. “Even if you are thinking you won’t build for five to 10 years, let’s figure that out now so there are no surprises later.”
  5. What should I look for in a real estate broker to help me?
    This one’s easy. It’s imperative that you work with a broker who understands recreational real estate, which is very different from selling homes. Look for someone who has a passion for the outdoors, understands how to evaluate the pricing of a rural tract, and will give you great personal service. Also, “if the real estate professional doesn’t know the area where you are looking, that person won’t be of much help in finding the perfect property for your needs,” Rod says.

Rod and the other pros in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are highly experienced in selling recreational real estate, and they are experts in their neck of the woods. No matter what questions you have after getting these five questions figured out, they will either have the answer or get you the answer – making the process a lot easier and a lot less intimidating.

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PotlatchDeltic sells high quality homesites & homes

West Little Rock, Arkansas

PotlatchDeltic’s real estate group is best known for selling quality recreational land in rural locations across five states. But did you know the company also owns an extremely popular community in Central Arkansas?

Chenal Valley is a gorgeous 4,800-acre master-planned development in West Little Rock. It has everything from beautiful new homes and homesites in a variety of  price ranges, to championship golf at Chenal Country Club, to easy access to shopping, stores and entertainment at the nearby Promenade at Chenal.

Two great things about Chenal Valley is that one, it offers more than 35 distinct neighborhoods – each with its own personality – and two – that Chenal’s  suburban setting, surrounded by rolling hills, is only about 12 minutes from midtown Little Rock and about 20 minutes from downtown.

Thirty-five years after Chenal Valley’s inception – when it was first developed by Deltic Timber, now part of PotlatchDeltic – the community’s neighborhoods are maturing beautifully.

Each neighborhood has been carefully planned and landscaped to retain many trees and green areas. Many offer views of the beautiful surrounding hills, with architectural guidelines in place to ensure consistent quality throughout.

Around Chenal, commercial and retail development is making the area a true work-live-play environment, with movie theaters, restaurants, and specialty stores, and an Aloft Hotel with rooftop bar on the way.

“For families, there’s a wide variety of activities at Chenal,”says Michelle Sanders, Chenal Properties’ Principal Broker. “But the community has tremendous appeal for residents of all ages, no matter what stage of life they’re in. That’s why so many people want to live here.”

Homebuyers from Arkansas and elsewhere can learn more about Chenal Valley and its appeal at, or by contacting Michelle at 501-821-555 or by email at


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Happy Labor Day!

All of us at PotlatchDeltic wish you a safe and Happy Labor Day!

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What hunting property feature would make you more likely to buy?

We asked.  You answered!

PotlatchDeltic sponsored the July 2019 LANDTHINK Pulse and the results are in.  Are you surprised to find out that 39.5% of respondents would be inspired to purchase a hunting property with a year-round water feature in the form of a pond, stream, lake or river. Wondering what the next biggest factors were?  Click on through and have a read.

Many of our properties have exactly what these hunters are looking for!  What’s important to you?  Whether you’re looking for land in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota or Mississippi, start with PotlatchDeltic recreational properties.  With properties from 20 to 200+ acres, we’re sure to have a property with all the features you’re looking for whether you’re buying for hunting, to make outdoor memories on your own land with family and friends or interested in a timberland investment.  The best thing?  When you buy land it can be all of those things!

So, contact a member of our Preferred Broker Network and start your land search today!

Pulse: Distinctive Water Feature Appeals to Buyers of Hunting Land

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Get Hunting Seasons on Your Calendar

As autumn draws near, it’s time to start making plans for your hunting trips. So you might be looking around online to figure out when hunting seasons start in your area.

The best website we’ve seen for finding all this information in one place is the website, which easily gets you hunting season timeframes in each state.

You’ll find this link in our Resource Library, along with links to the state hunting regulatory agencies for Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Mississippi.  You’ll also find more articles there about hunting and things you can do to plan for the upcoming season.

At PotlatchDeltic, we specialize in preparing and selling recreational property that hunters will love. Call one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network to start the process, so you can have a hunting home base to call your own this fall.

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Not Too Early to Get Ready for Fall Hunting

It may be the dead of summer, but for Shawn Sunnarborg and other avid deer hunters, it isn’t too soon to start getting ready for the fall hunting season.

Shawn, Lake States Real Estate Manager for PotlatchDeltic, has had a hunting camp with his brothers and some friends for years near his home in the northern Minnesota town of Cloquet. And when deer season hits in November, he’ll be prepared.

The main thing he’s doing now to get ready is shooting in a trap league every week, keeping his skills sharp. “The more you shoot, the more comfortable you become with it,” he says. “If you don’t pick up a gun until September, you might lose a step.”

When fall approaches, he recommends hunters also think about doing these four activities:

  1. Sight your rifles as the hunting season draws closer. And go ahead and set up targets at your hunting camp so you can get plenty of practice in.
  2. If you need to buy new hunting clothes, focus on getting quality items, even if they cost more. That way, you won’t have to buy new clothes every couple of years.
  3. Check the deer stands in your hunting areas, from the ladders to the stands themselves. Conditions can change from season to season, so make sure your stand is safe.
  4. Take the time to explore new hunting areas, knowing that it’s important to be able to find spots where other hunters aren’t trampling the woods around you.

Shawn’s hunting camp is 40 acres, but is surrounded by thousands of acres of public lands in St. Louis County, so he can roam far beyond his property’s boundaries in search of bucks. It’s a formula that works for many PotlatchDeltic recreational land buyers, who understand that hunting doesn’t have to be confined to their acreage alone.

And while he and his family and friends love to hunt – his brothers also like to hunt partridge, and some of his friends enjoy turkey hunting – the camaraderie is his favorite part.

“There’s nothing like being in a hunting camp on a beautiful night with your friends, playing cards and having a cold beer,” he says.

Ready to have your own home base for hunting season? Call one of the experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network, each an expert that can help you buy a property that will put you in the middle of the action this fall.

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Late Summer – Time to Plant your Food Plot

Many recreational land owners think about planting their food plots in the spring, but there are advantages for those who decide to do late-summer planting, says Jeff Sturgis in a blog post for Whitetail Habitat Solutions.plant a food plot

This is an especially good idea if you want to set your property apart from other nearby properties where owners have planted their plots earlier in the year. Also, later plantings will help your food sources be more plentiful later in the fall, solving a challenge for owners who find sources getting depleted as the fall moves along.

Two other advantages of this planting strategy: Creating deer populations that peak in the late fall can help you target a higher percentage of bucks in the area. Also, annuals planted during cooler weather, such as rye and oats, create an excellent nurse crop for establishing clover and chicory.

Of course, to grow a food plot – and to see how it helps nurture quality wildlife – you need to have your own property. The experts in the PotlatchDeltic Preferred Broker Network are the perfect partner to find the best hunting property for you. Call or email one in  your neck of the woods today.

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Check out our latest newsletter!

We hope you’ve spent the last few months recharging, spending time with family, preparing for fall hunting and cooler weather.  Even though you have fall colors on the brain, it’s still Summer and more than the weather is hot…so are our listings!

We’ve been keeping cool by adding 100+ new properties to our website.  Have a look.  It’s not too late to buy now and be on your own land this Fall!  So, whether you’re looking for information about the recreational and hunting lifestyle or want to see what properties we currently have listed, have a look and see what’s hot in our neck of the woods!

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In this issue…

            • New to Buying Recreational Real Estate?  Questions to Ask.
            • PotlatchDeltic sells high quality homesites and homes in West Little Rock.  Welcome to Chenal Valley!
            • And, don’t miss the Property Showcase to see some of our best land-buying opportunities. Click here >>Image result for video icon

You’ll find all these great articles and more in this issue of Property  Perspective – ONLINE or PDF to read, just click on your preferred viewing  format.

So, whether you’re a first-time buyer just getting started or you’d like to expand your property holdings, we’re glad you’re here. Before you go, we invite you to:

Preview PotlatchDeltic’s premier property inventory – AlabamaArkansas IdahoMinnesota Mississippi .

Click here to tell us a little more  about what type of property you’re looking for and we’d be happy to introduce you to a member of our team – each an expert in their neck of the woods and the perfect partner in your search for your dream property.

Have questions or not sure how to get started?  Send us an email.

Happy hunting!

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Hiking Safely in the Heat

As you go for long hikes in the summer weather, you probably will think about the obvious safety rules. Consider hiking earlier or later in the day when it isn’t as hot. Make sure you bring water. Protect your skin from sunburn. And wear the right clothes.  a hiker taking refuge in the shade on hot hiking day

But as you make your plans, here are four things you might not know, thanks to an excellent blog post on the REI website:

  1. All clothes block the sun’s effects to some extent, but more and more manufacturers are offering clothing that’s rated to protect you. Common ratings are UPF 15, UPF 30 and UPF 50+, much like the way sunscreens use SPF ratings.  But there is one major difference between the two ratings. SPF only rates effectiveness against UVB rays, which is considered to be the more damaging type of light. UPF, however, measures how a piece of clothing works in blocking both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light.
  2. Most people talk about the need to avoid dehydration on long hikes, but many hikers don’t realize there is also risk in overhydration. To avoid that risk, drink water every 15-20 minutes, but be careful not to drink more than you sweat. Also, work in a sports drink or other ways to add electrolytes and/or eating salty snacks to make sure your salt levels stay on track.
  3. How far you go on your first hike in the summer matters. It may take at least several weeks to acclimate to the hot weather, so be sure to take it easy on your first few summer hikes.

  4. Heat exhaustion happens, so make sure you keep an eye on your hiking partners to check for telltale signs, like nausea, rapid pulse, heavy sweating, and headaches.  If you think someone is showing those signs, have them rest in the shade, rehydrate, and if conditions persist, abandon the hike and seek medical help.

It’s important for everyone to be safe this summer in the outdoors, and PotlatchDeltic works to make its properties both appealing and safe for everyone who uses them. Happy hiking, everyone!





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Campfire Burn Ban announced on Idaho Property

PotlatchDeltic Corporation today announced effective Thursday, July 25, 2019, that no campfires or open burning will be allowed on its property in the State of Idaho due to increasing fire danger in the region. The burning ban on PotlatchDeltic’s Idaho properties will remain in effect until conditions improve. Additional information about PotlatchDeltic’s Idaho properties can be found online at PotlatchDeltic urges all visitors to Idaho’s forests to exercise extreme caution in regards to fire while recreating this summer.

No matter where you’re outdoors this summer, please be careful in this heat and these weather conditions.  Interested in some safety tips?  Check our this article about Campfire Safety or read our blog or visit our Resource Library for more helpful information.

To read the full press release or visit the PotlatchDeltic Corporation website, click here.


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