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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