What is a Consulting Forester and Why Should I Hire One?
A consulting forester is a degreed and trained professional forester that independently provides a wide range of forestry services (for a fee) to private landowners, land managers, industry, and governmental agencies. In addition, many of them provide forestry services for financial, legal, and accounting professionals associated with property management.
Consulting Foresters are qualified professionals that work in the best interest of the client. Research from a number of states shows that landowners that hire a Consulting Forester to assist with timber sales receive higher timber sale returns, are left with higher quality and more valuable residual stands, and have less environmental damage than landowners that do not hire consulting foresters. The consultant's fee is frequently more than offset by these higher values.
Some of the basic principals and credentials of a Consulting Forester are:
Other publications regarding Consulting Foresters are:
Based in Cadillac, Michigan, Drysdale Forestry & Consulting provides forestry, arboriculture, and landscape services throughout Northern Michigan.
I am a State of Michigan Registered Forester, an SAF Certified Forester, as well as an ISA Certified Arborist. I am an active member in the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF), Society of American Foresters, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and Arboricultural Society of Michigan (ASM).