To be the best forest products and land company, recognized and admired as the leader in creating value for our owners.
We are committed to creating the highest value from a growing timberland base by combining our knowledge of land and forestry with a relentless focus on operational excellence and financial performance for the benefit of our owners, customers, employees, and communities.
Rayonier is Founded
World’s First Dissolving Pulp
Rayonier is Publicly Traded
Acquires 300,000 Timberland Acres in Washington State
New Zealand International Expansion
Begins Trading on NYSE as RYN
U.S. 7th Largest Private Timberland Owner
Leasing 2 Million Acres of Hunting & Rec Land in U.S.
David L. Nunes named President and CEO of Rayonier. In June 2014, Rayonier spins off its Performance Fibers business from its Real Estate and Forest Resources businesses, and becomes a leading pure-play, publically-traded timber real estate investment trust.
A Leading Timber Real Estate Investment Trust
Originally founded in 1926 as the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company in Shelton, Washington, Rayonier created and distributed premium bleached paper pulp. Soon after its expansion with two additional mills in northwest Washington State, Rayonier found itself as the largest single manufacturer of dissolving pulps in the world. In 1931, Rainier research scientists teamed up with the world’s leading producer of rayon, DuPont, and together they perfected the world’s first dissolving pulp made from western hemlock trees.
The company’s next momentous day in history came in 1937, when public trading began on the New York Stock Exchange as “Rayonier”—the name devised from the union of the word rayon and Mount Rainier in Washington State. Despite the economic hardships caused by the Great Depression in late 1930, Rayonier began purchasing U.S. timberlands and continued to grow. In 1945 Rayonier set sites on northwest timberlands and succeeded in the acquisition of approximately 300,000 acres.
Significant international expansion occurred when Rayonier acquired 250,000 acres of timberland in New Zealand in 1992. By 1999, Rayonier became the seventh largest private timberland owner in the U.S. after its acquisition of 969,000 acres of timberland in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Currently, Rayonier owns approximately 2.7 million acres across the U.S. South, Pacific Northwest and New Zealand.
Rayonier timberlands help support wildlife habitat, water and air quality all while providing recreational opportunities for interested parties. Every year, Rayonier makes more than 2.2 million acres available of prime real estate for recreational licensing across the United States. Those interested in leasing land for hunting or recreational activities in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington State are eligible for The Rayonier Hunting and Recreation Program.
Anyone is welcome to lease Rayonier lands for a variety of outdoor activities. Recreational activities may include but are not limited to hunting, camping, and hiking among other outdoor activities such as collecting firewood or mulch. Exclusive hunting privileges are extended to hunt clubs that purchase license agreements with Rayonier. Hunting and recreational licenses allow Rayonier’s neighbors to enjoy the land and create non-timber income, all while Rayonier timber continues to grow in value.
Rayonier Hunting and Recreation programs are designed with our neighbors in mind. Rayonier offers leases ranging from 20 to 20,000 acres across the country. Whether you love to hunt, fish or spend time with family and friends in the great outdoors—Rayonier timberlands’ have the perfect spot for you.
Our 2.7 million acres of working forests, located across the U.S. South, Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, provide wood for use in a variety of markets, from pulp to lumber, paper, oriented strand board (OSB) and other wood-based products. Across our research facilities, nurseries and land base in the U.S. and New Zealand, we’re always improving how we grow trees. The goal is stronger, healthier trees and sustainable use of the land.
Rayonier is committed to the responsible management of every acre. In the U.S., we voluntarily subscribe to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program, which includes independent third-party audits of our practices. We also practice sustainable forestry methods in New Zealand.
Our knowledge of land and how to maximize its return carries over to our Real Estate business as demographics and population growth increase property values above those of timberlands.
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