Strickland Joins F&W To Lead Timberland Acquisitions And Sales Activities

ALBANY, Ga. — Jody T. Strickland, former land acquisitions manager for Weyerhaeuser Company, has joined F&W Forestry Services, Inc., as vice president of Timberland Transactions.

Strickland joins F&W with more than 26 years diverse experience in the forestry sector in numerous capacities including timberland acquisitions and sales, land management, forest operations, inventory, harvesting, and wood procurement.

F&W is a major U.S. and international forestry management, consulting, and services firm headquartered in Albany, Ga., with operations throughout the major forestry regions of the U.S., South America, and France.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Jody Strickland join the F&W team,” said Marshall Thomas, F&W president.  “She has tremendous experience in timberland acquisitions and sales and will greatly enhance F&W’s forest real estate capabilities.”

Thomas said Strickland’s principal responsibility will be to expand F&W’s timberland acquisitions and sales services to clients throughout the company’s U.S. and international service areas.

Under Strickland’s leadership, F&W will locate forest properties for clients, conduct a financial analysis on the purchase, and oversee the acquisition.  Additionally, F&W offers investors turnkey administration of their forestland, including integrated forest management, timber sales, accounting services, and, if desirable, the disposition of the properties.

Prior to joining F&W, Strickland spent four years as acquisition manager at Weyerhaeuser where she was responsible for development and execution of the Timberlands Growth Strategy following the company’s conversion to REIT status.  During her tenure the company purchased more than $2.8 billion worth of timberland.

Strickland’s background also includes 20 years of experience at Weyerhaeuser and Proctor & Gamble in leadership positions in forest operations, wood procurement, land management, harvesting, engineering, and manufacturing.

In addition to her career in the private forestry sector, she was Forest Management Chief at the Georgia Forestry Commission where she managed state forest land and directed the agency’s Water Quality, Forest Health, Rural Forestry Assistance, Forest Stewardship, Forest Conservation and Legacy, and Forest Inventory Analysis programs.

Strickland earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.  She is a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and she currently chairs the Georgia Forest Foundation.  She is also a member of the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources Center for Forest Business Advisory Council.

F&W provides services to forestland owners in the U.S. through its network of 19 branch offices in 12 states.  The company manages private forestlands in South America through its offices in Brazil and Uruguay and recently entered into a partnership with French forestry firm Cabinet Coudert to expand timberland investment opportunities in Europe and French-speaking North Africa.
About F&W:
Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms.  The company handles timber sales and provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services to private and industrial landowners through a network of 19 offices in 12 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It also manages private forestlands in South America and Europe with offices in Uruguay, Brazil, and France.
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F&W Buys Stake In French Forestry Firm; Opens Door to New Opportunities in Europe, North Africa

ALBANY, Ga., Oct. 10–F&W Forestry Services, Inc. has announced that it has acquired an interest in a French forestry management firm that will provide both companies with expanded opportunities for growth—notably in Europe and French-speaking North Africa.

Marshall Thomas, president of Albany, Ga.-based F&W, said his company had acquired an interest in Cabinet Coudert, a full-service forestry management firm based near Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region in the heart of the forested area of south central France.

Cabinet Coudert is headed by Sylvestre Coudert, grandson of the firm’s founder.  The company currently provides forest management services to European forest landowners, largely in France.  Under the link-up with F&W, service is expected to be extended to forested areas throughout Europe and North Africa.

F&W, with 19 branch offices in the U.S., provides services to forestland owners in 12 states in the United States.

Cabinet Coudert maintains four offices, all in France, but provides forestry services through France, Europe, and forested French-speaking regions of northern Africa.

About F&W

Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms.  The company handles timber sales and provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services to private and industrial landowners through a network of 19 offices in 12 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It also manages private forestlands in South America with offices in Uruguay and Brazil.

 

About Cabinet Coudert

Cabinet Coudert was established in France by the Coudert family more than 100 years ago.  Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, the company provides a full range of forestry services to clients including forest management, timber sales, feasibility studies, import/export studies, property and forest appraisals, real estate sales, timber investing, and vegetation management in order to safeguard electricity distribution. The company maintains four offices serving clients in France, Europe, and North Africa.

 

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www.cabinet-coudert.com

Wet Weather, Rising Home Construction Brighten Outlook for Timber Growers

ALBANY, GA, April 2014 — With help from wet weather and a modest recovery in new home construction, the outlook is finally turning brighter for tree growers in the South and other timber regions of the nation.

That’s the encouraging outlook for the forest-products sector of the U.S. economy from Marshall Thomas who heads F&W Forestry Services, Inc., one of the largest U.S. forest management and consulting firms based in Albany, Ga., in the heart of the nation’s southern pine belt.

“After years of depressing news for timber growers, all the economic indicators seem to be positive now—housing starts are up, building permits are up, interest rates are up slightly but still very low, and exchange rates are favorable,” Thomas writes in the spring issue of his company’s quarterly newsletter, The F&W Forestry Report.

“While this recovery, at least in our sector, has been frustratingly slow, it has at least been consistent—which means we should be able to expect slow but steady price increases for trees as we continue through the recovery—probably not reaching the highs of the 1990’s but perhaps at least returning to trend,” Thomas said.

Thomas said two factors other than demand for lumber and other wood products that influence U.S. timber markets are weather conditions and exchange rates of the U.S. versus the Canadian dollar. At the present time, the currency values of the two countries are about the same—with neither country having the big currency advantage that Canada has had in the recent past.

Weather patterns also influence timber prices because extreme wet conditions adversely affect timber harvesting operations. With a 50-50 chance that El Nino will bring wet conditions to the Southern U.S. in the coming months, timber prices stand to be further elevated.

“That leaves us in a pretty good situation,” Thomas writes.  “Over the long term (three to five years), we should see steadily rising prices for pine and hardwood sawtimber and we have a coin-toss chance that we will have some wet weather influences towards the end of this year into next winter.”

About F&W:

Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms.  The company handles timber sales and provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services to private and industrial landowners through a network of 19 offices in 12 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It also manages private forestlands in South America with offices in Uruguay and Brazil.

F&W Reorganizes Arkansas Operations, Appoints Two New Managers

April 2014 — F&W Forestry Services, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest forestry management and consulting firms, has restructured its Southwest Gulf operations with the establishment of a new office in Texarkana, Texas.  The changes also include closure of its branch office at DeQueen, Ark., and appointment of two new regional managers.

Marshall Thomas, F&W president, said the new Texarkana office will better position the company to serve private landowners in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana while still continuing to serve clients in West Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma. Thomas also announced closure of the DeQueen office.

Randy Jarzyniecki, who was previously based at F&W’s LaFayette, Ala., office, has been promoted to regional manager of the new Texarkana office.  Jarzyniecki, who joined F&W in 2005, holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry from Auburn University.   He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Texas and Oklahoma Forestry Associations.

As part of the change, Thomas announced that Brent Williamson has been promoted to the position of manager of the El Dorado office.  Prior to joining F&W in 2010, Williamson operated his own forestry and wildlife management firm in El Dorado for eight years.  Before that he was a research assistant at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  Williamson holds a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management from the University of Arkansas and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Arkansas Forestry Association.

About F&W:

Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms.  The company handles timber sales and provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services to private and industrial landowners through a network of 19 offices in 12 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It also manages private forestlands in South America with offices in Uruguay and Brazil.

F&W Forestry Names Nathan McClure New Manager Of Upstate South Carolina

April 2014 — Nathan D. McClure, a 29-year veteran forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission, has joined F&W Forestry Services, Inc., as manager of the upstate region of South Carolina with a new headquarters at Simpsonville near Greenville.  The firm’s former South Carolina office was in Greenwood.

McClure rose through the ranks at the Georgia agency from reforestation forester to chief forester for the Forest Utilization and Markets Department where he was instrumental in developing research data that helped bring forest-based industry to the state.  He also served on the Commission’s executive leadership team.

“We are delighted and fortunate to have someone with Nathan’s skills and experience across the forestry spectrum join the F&W team and take over our South Carolina operations from Lewis Levy, who retired  in December after 19 years of dedicated service to F&W and to our clients in South Carolina,” said Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, Inc., headquartered in Albany, Ga.

Based in Albany, Ga., F&W is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forestry consulting and management firms, with 19 U.S. offices across the southern pine belt, the Central Region, and the Northeast.  It also has affiliated companies in Oregon and in Uruguay and Brazil, S.A.

McClure joined the Georgia Forestry Commission shortly after his graduation from the University of Georgia in 1983 with a B.S. degree in forest resources. He served in numerous Commission capacities, including initiation of Georgia’s carbon sequestration registry, performance checks of Best Management Practices (BMPs), and promotion of new uses for wood, such as engineered lumber.

He also has over twelve years of hands-on forest management experience with responsibility for all facets of overseeing 20,000 acres of  forest land in Paulding and Dawson Counties, Georgia.

As manager of the new Simpsonville office, McClure will have responsibilities for F&W operations largely in the Piedmont region of the state, often called the South Carolina “up country.”  F&W’s office in Statesboro, Ga., will continue to serve the coastal area of South Carolina.

About F&W:

Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms.  The company handles timber sales and provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services to private and industrial landowners through a network of 19 offices in 12 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. It also manages private forestlands in South America with offices in Uruguay and Brazil.