Weber Recognized As Sustainable Forester

ALBANY, Ga., Sept. 5 — Russell Weber, regional manager of F&W Forestry Service’s Gainesville, Fla., office, has been awarded the 2017 Sustainable Forestry Award by Audubon Florida.

The award is presented annually to a Florida-based forester, forestry family or forest business that demonstrates improvements in bird and wildlife habitats and water resources through forest management practices.

Weber was nominated for the award by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) based on silviculture and wildlife habitat improvement practices he implemented on two of his family’s properties in Columbia County in North Florida.

“Mr. Weber understands the value of private lands to the conservation of our state’s wildlife resources and models a positive relationship with the state’s wildlife agency,” wrote Scott Sanders, director of FWC’s Conservation Planning Services, in his nomination letter.

Some of the wildlife practices implemented by Weber on the properties include tree planting that results in an unplanted mosaic of old-field and oak hammock to benefit wildlife for food, nesting, and cover; mowing and maintenance of forest roads to encourage healthy native ground cover; brush management and prescribed burning; and the placement of bird nesting boxes.

A selection committee comprised of members of Audubon Florida and the Florida Forestry Association review nominations submitted from across the state and select a recipient for the annual award.

Weber, a forestry professional with more than 40 years of experience, has supervised F&W activities in North and Central Florida since 1988. F&W provides forest management, consulting, and rural real estate services to private landowners throughout the Eastern U.S. and internationally.

“Russ has a long history and deep commitment to sustainable forestry and multi-use management that benefits the environment and wildlife,” said Marshall Thomas, president of Albany, Ga.-based F&W. “We are very pleased that he is being recognized for his achievements in sustainable forestry.”

“I am truly honored to be recognized by Audubon Florida and I look forward to continuing to incorporate management practices that protect and conserve wildlife and the environment,” Weber said.

Weber was presented the award by Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida, during the annual meeting of the Florida Forestry Association on Aug. 31 at Sandestin.

Weber holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. He is a Certified Forester©, a state-certified real estate appraiser, and licensed real estate broker. He is involved in numerous forestry organizations including national and state chapters of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, the Southeastern Society of American Foresters, and the Florida 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 resource consulting and management firms. The company handles timber sales, provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services, and offers real estate services. The company maintains a network of 24 offices in 13 U.S. states comprising the Southern Pine Belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, and the Northeast. F&W also manages private forestland internationally through 11 offices located in Uruguay, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom.

09.05.2017

Godbee Named Georgia Forestry’s ‘Wise Owl’

ALBANY, GA. — John Godbee, manager of F&W Forestry Services, Inc.’s forest certification and quality assurance group, has been awarded the Georgia Forestry Association’s (GFA) Wise Owl Award for 2017.

GFA has awarded the Wise Owl annually since 1980 to an individual who has made significant contributions to strengthening the forest industry in Georgia for landowners and businesses. Godbee was presented the award at GFA’s annual meeting at Jekyll Island, Ga., in July.

“Godbee was selected for his many years of service to the Forestry Association and Forest industry in Georgia,” GFA said in a news release announcing the award. “Godbee put action behind one of the Association’s Core Principles of maintaining healthy markets by promoting the use of Georgia’s number one renewable resource. He served on the International Forest Industry Roundtable which led to mutual recognition between the various international forestry certification standards and enabled Georgia’s forest products to be more freely traded in international markets.”

Godbee, who has lead environment-related activities at F&W since 2001, joined the firm after a distinguished career in industrial forest management at International Paper Co. and Union-Camp Corp. While at Union-Camp, he served on a pulp and paper industry committee that developed the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in 1994.

“John is an obvious choice for the Wise Owl Award,” said Marshall Thomas, president of F&W. “He has given over 30 years of continuous and wise leadership through various facets of the Georgia Forestry Association.”

Godbee earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forest entomology from the University of Georgia and began his forestry career as a pest management specialist at the Georgia Forestry Commission. In addition to being a member of the Georgia Forestry Association, he is involved with the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and Rotary International. He is a native and resident of Brooklet, Ga., and operates out of F&W’s Statesboro office.

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About F&W:
Established in 1962, F&W Forestry Services, Inc., of Albany, Ga., is one of the nation’s oldest and largest forest resource consulting and management firms. The company handles timber sales, provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services, and offers real estate services. The company maintains a network of 24 offices in 13 U.S. states comprising the Southern Pine Belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, and the Northeast. F&W also manages private forestland internationally through 11 offices located in Uruguay, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom.

9.1.2017

Fountains Forestry Changes Name to F&W

ALBANY, Ga., Jan. 9 — Fountains Forestry, a leading forest management company in the Northeast U.S. acquired by F&W Forestry Services, Inc., in 2016, is changing its name to F&W Forestry Services. The name change, which reflects the company’s deepening relationship with its parent corporation, was effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Georgia-based F&W is one of America’s premier forest resource consulting, management and real estate firms. The acquisition of Fountains Forestry, which includes six offices operating in the hardwood forest regions of New England and Appalachia, was completed in April 2016.

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“F&W and Fountains share many common core values, the two most important being excellence in forest management and customer service,” said F&W President Marshall Thomas. “The assimilation of Fountains into F&W has gone so smoothly that we agreed the timing was right to consolidate both forest management operations under one identity.”

F&W has more than 300 employees and manages over two million acres (900,000 hectares) of forest and woodlands worldwide.

Two other companies acquired by F&W in April, Fountains Land Inc., a retail real estate firm operating in the Northeast U.S., and Fountains Forestry UK, Ltd., a forest management and real estate firm operating in the U.K., will retain their names.

 

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, provides comprehensive forest management and consulting services, and offers real estate service and timberland investment opportunities.  The company maintains a network of 25 offices in 14 U.S. states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, the Northeast, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. F&W also manages private forestland internationally through 12 offices located in Canada, Uruguay, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom.