Here’s a long term investment that is good for the environment too! My friend Crystal inherited some land, a bit steep for farming, but the USDA farm service still helped her out with anti-erosion plantings.
“I have 32 acres. Planted 30 of them. They left a site to build a house!” she said. “I didn’t ask them to, but they left it.”
She probably won’t ever move to Alabama and build a house, but “I’m looking forward to 20 years from now when I have 30 acres of planned trees.”
Loblolly pines are fast growing, and used for construction and paper. Meanwhile a forest grows on property where in the 30’s authorities had paid folks to plant kudzu, the vine that ate the south.