Is it possible to own forestland and not even know it? 

If you have an employer pension or other retirement account, there’s a chance that some of your investments involve not just stocks and bonds, but also alternatives such as real estate and commodities. For institutional investors managing their pension funds and endowments, timberland has become one of those alternative investment options, attractive for its relative stability and the possibility of earning returns that are better than bonds and safer than stocks. Once rare amongst institutional investment portfolios, timberland is now mainstream.

For over a decade, the World Forestry Center has organized an annual conference called “Who Will Own the Forest?” which was created to provide a forum for this rapidly developing field of institutional timberland investing. It’s where everyone in this field comes to meet and exchange ideas on the latest trends impacting the sector.