F&W Establishes Thomasville Office

F&W Establishes Thomasville Office
Hall Named Manager

Oct. 16, 2015,  ALBANY, Ga. — F&W Forestry Services, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest forestry management and consulting firms, has opened a new branch office in Thomasville, Ga. Veteran F&W employee Doug Hall has been named regional manager of the office, which will provide forest management services to landowners in Southwest Georgia and the North Central Florida Panhandle.

F&W, based in Albany, Ga., provides a full range of forest management services to landowners throughout much of the U.S. and the entire South. The Thomasville office joins an existing network of 17 offices in 12 states. F&W also operates internationally, with offices in South America and France.

A native of Donaldsonville, Ga., Hall began his career with F&W in 1985 and has held several positions within the company. After 23 years with F&W, Hall left in 2007 to become an ordained minister and pastor a church in Mitchell County. During his time in the ministry, Hall continued to engage forestry activities, providing forest management assistance to small landowners in a limited capacity. Last year, Hall returned to F&W and forestry fulltime and was named by F&W President Marshall Thomas to lead the company’s new Thomasville office.

Hall holds an associate degree in forestry from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He is a registered forester, licensed real estate salesperson, and a certified forest burner in Georgia. He is an active member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Camilla Kiwanis Club.

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 18 offices in 11 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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Housing’s Modest Improvement Pushes Large Tree Prices Higher

The slowly recovering home construction industry is resulting in long-awaited improvement in demand and prices for large pine logs across the southern pine belt, one of the nation’s largest forestry consulting firms reports.

Marshall Thomas, president of F&W Forestry Services, Inc. based in Albany, Ga., that provides management services to forest landowners in much of the nation’s commercial tree-growing regions, reports in his firm’s quarterly newsletter that prices for pine sawtimber used for manufacturing lumber have been up modestly for three consecutive years.

“For the last three years southern pine sawtimber stumpage prices (paid landowners) have increased at a steady rate of about $2 (per ton) per year—from $23/T in 2012 to $25/T in 2013/T and all the way to $27/T in 2014,” Thomas writes in the winter 2014-15 edition of the F&W Forestry Report. “While those aren’t the kinds of gains we saw in the 1990’s, they are steady and going in the right direction for the first time in a long time.”

Thomas says he expects the timber price gains to continue as new home construction continues to gather steam as most economists predict.

“Housing starts at the end of the year were slightly over the million mark, up from the 2013 average of 925,000,” Thomas said.  “A recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal found that forecasters expect housing starts to reach 1.22 million in 2015.  That is getting close to the number that has typically stimulated the Southern timber market.  Long term forecasts call for continued increases through 2017, so this important demand factor for sawtimber is looking good,” Thomas wrote.

 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 20 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.

 Related Links:  

www.fwforestry.com