(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of Real EstateFlorida.)

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JACKSONVILLE, FL-Locally based international forest productscompany Rayonier Inc. has added former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to itsboard of directors. He will join a board led by Rayonier chairman,president and CEO Lee M. Thomas and lead director Paul Kirk,chairman, president and director of Kirk and Associates.

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Bush is currently president of Jeb Bush and Associates, aconsulting firm based on Miami's Brickell Avenue. He served asFlorida's governor from 1999 to 2007 and as Secretary of Commercefrom 1987 to 1988. Before holding public office, Bush partneredwith real estate veteran Armando Codina as COO of Miami-basedcommercial real estate development corporation Codina Group.

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"Jeb's management experience as governor of one of the country'slargest states and his expertise in real estate and public policyissues make him an ideal fit for our board," Thomas stated in apress release. Rayonier owns, leases or manages 2.6 million acresof timberland, of which 70% is in the Southeast.

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According to a spokesperson, Rayonier has not changed its realestate strategy through the downturn and plans to continue itsstrategy of acquiring, selling and cultivating timber on land.Through the third quarter, Rayonier has sold 36,000 acres oftimberland, which is the normal course of business, says thespokesperson. This year, the company has acquired 110,000 acres inNew York state and Washington state.

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Rayonier is also involved in a number of strategic developmentprojects that are in the process of entitlement, including a6,300-acre site near the township of Palm Coast, halfway betweenMiami and Jacksonville. The company is partnering withAtlanta-based Cousins Properties Inc. on the project and iscurrently in the process of putting a land plan together for thesite in Flagler County.

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In a related note, Jeb Bush Jr. recently announced that he hasjoined his father's company in Miami, leaving his previous positionas commercial sales and leasing agent for Coral Gables-basedFairchild Partners Commercial Real Estate Services. The youngerBush tells GlobeSt.com that he will help with consulting agreementsat the small firm, which offers services to companies coming intothe US or Florida, including those in the financial industries,real estate and health care.

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