Frequently Asked Questions

So what is forestry you may ask? What can it do for you and your timberland? Below you will find frequently asked questions and their respective answers. If you find you still have unanswered questions, don't hesitate to ask us. We are here to help you!

What is forestry?

Forestry is the science and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing forests and associated resources to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit.

What is a consulting forester?

A consulting forester is a natural resource professional, whose services are available to the public.

Why hire a consulting forester?

A consulting forester works in the best interests of their client. A study at the University Of Georgia School Of Forest Resources showed that private landowners working with professional foresters received as much as a 50% greater return on their timber, with fewer trees harvested. (Source document - ACF Brochure – ACF Consulting Foresters- Working for You and Your Forest).

What can a consulting forester do for you?

Enhance your property values. Increase the value of your timber. Ensure a sustainable, growing asset for the future. Promote and improve wildlife habitat. Establish and protect your family’s legacy. These are just some of the benefits from working with a consulting forester.

How do I evaluate a consulting forester?

Three letters. ACF. The Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) is the premier association for consulting foresters. Membership in ACF demonstrates the forester’s credibility and desire to perform at the highest level of professionalism. ACF foresters must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in forestry, at least five years’ experience in practical forestry administration, no interest in a timber purchasing entity, client references, and participate in continuing education. Members must also adhere to a strict code of ethics that protects their clients.

Who hires consulting foresters?

Consulting foresters work for private landowners, all levels of government agencies, banks, timberland investment companies, industry, and any other person or entity that requires independent, professional forestry services.

Can consulting foresters buy timber?

No! Consulting foresters may not buy timber, ever. It is a conflict of interest and is in violation of the Associaition of Consulting Foresters and N.C. Board of Registration for Foresters code of ethics.