October 2, 2014

The Forestland Group takes part in Copper Country BioBlitz (View article and video).

PAINESDALE -- The students at Jeffers Middle and High Schools in Painesdale have been to the forest at Lake Perrault and the Robert Brown Nature Sanctuary many times before.

But Tuesday they conducted the first BioBlitz they and the Copper Country have ever seen.

BioBlitz sounds like a term for a complex scientific procedure, but really its just shorthand for taking inventory of the natural environment.

In this particular case, the Jeffers students' adopted school forest.

"It's a place that the students are familiar with and really enjoy coming to, and so now we're gonna get to know it that much better." said Michigan Tech University Director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach Joan Chadde.

Usually BioBlitzes take 24 hours of environment monitoring, but these kids don't have all day.

Fortunately, an experienced team of scientists taken from Michigan Tech, the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, The Forest Land Group, Keweenaw Land Trust and Copper Country Trout Unlimited were there to help.

For three hours, collecting, monitoring and learning about as many species of local wildlife, invasive plants, and even forest trees as possible was the name of the game.

A Jeffers High School teacher says that any reason to get the students outside and interested in nature is a good one, the more engaging the better.

"Any time we can get students active and engaged is a positive thing. We come up here every year, twice a year as a whole school, and the students seem to love it, they really enjoy being outdoors in nature and unplugged." said teacher Cindy McCormick.

The excursion's necessary supplies were funded by a $400 grant from the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative also supported the event.

Chadde says this funding, along with the first year data collected by the students may ensure this event happens again, if only to have a second set of data.

"That's...what will make the data valuable. Once we get the second set of data, we're gonna have something to compare it too."

National Geographic Education has more information on BioBlitz's here.


April 15, 2014

Mike Hincher, was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Va Tech. Mike will serve as Vice Chair of the Board for 2014/2015 term and will then move to the Chair of the Board for the 2015/2016 term. Prior to being elected Vice Chair, Mike had served a term as a member of the Advisory Board. The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation is one of four departments in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Va Tech.

The mission of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Advisory Board is:

 • To bring knowledge of trends and issues in the forest-resource-based professions and to provide insight to the department that will keep the forestry and related curricula current and relevant, and

 • To serve as an advocate for the department to potential students, the College of Natural Resources, the university, the Virginia legislature, and the general public.

April 15, 2014

Kaarsten Turner Dalby was elected to serve on the Forest Guild Board of Directors. She is a professional Forest Guild member and will serve four year terms commencing March 27, 2014. The Forest Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of our forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them. They are a national organization headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico with regional projects and programs across the country.


February 22, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Executive Education program will offer a two-day course, “Timberland Investments for Professionals,” on March 27-28 at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The course will be led by F. Christian Zinkhan, managing director of The Forestland Group. .[read more]


October 16, 2013

Elizabeth Martinez, Sr. Director for GIS and IT, reviews Esri Press "Spatial Analysis for Foresters" In October 2013 issue of Forestry Source.[read more]

September 17, 2013

Post-fire regeneration response and long-term outlook following recent fires in the Upper Peninsula, MI

The Duck Lake fire of 2012 was the third-largest wildfire in Michigan state history, burning over 21,000 acres, mostly on public forestland but also on The Forestland Group LLC’s (TFG’s) Bishop Property. Post-fire regeneration is an increasingly important issue facing land managers, particularly as fire size and frequency increase in response to climate change. The interactions of fire, particularly high severity fire, with climate change may result in less regeneration or a different species composition than desired.

Dr. Kristen Waring from Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry, along with Investigators from Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and with support from TFG staff, has embarked on a study to assess the status and extent of regeneration in the burned areas.

During the summer of 2013, Dr. Waring and TFG intern and MTU student Erik Romstad installed 69 randomly located plots across varying fire severities in jack pine to assess the initial forest response. Dr. Waring will be analyzing initial forest response by fire severity, using composite burn index to validate remote sensing fire severity. The Forest Vegetation Simulator ( will be used to assess future forest productivity.

TFG intern and MTU Forestry student Erik Romstad laying out a plot in the Duck Lake Fire area, Bishop Property, Michigan.

Project Investigators survey the Duck Lake Fire area, Bishop Property, Michigan.


September 17, 2013

The Forestland Group summer interns, 2013 edition

August spelled the end of the five internships that were offered for the 2013 summer season. Two of the interns, Brent Keninger and Dylan McCartney, finished up their work installing and measuring Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI) plots on the Chateaugay and Connecticut Lakes properties in New York and New Hampshire, respectively. Brent returned to Ackley, Iowa where he plans to pursue joining the US Marine Corps. Dylan, a native upstate New Yorker, was hired by LandVest’s Timberlands Division to continue working on forest inventories on The Forestland Group’s (TFG’s) northern forest holdings.

Two interns who had been installing and measuring CFI plots in TFG’s Southern Region, William Stroud and Kyle Fabbro, will pursue graduate degrees. Will is currently an MEM/MF joint degree student at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Kyle is a Master of Forest Resources and Conservation student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He will be supervised by Professor Eric Jokela while working on Eucalyptus plantations. The interns’ work on the Lumber River, Hurricane Creek, and Bailey properties will bear fruit for many years to come in the form of long-term benchmark data.

Erik Romstad spent the summer on TFG’s Bishop property in Michigan, primarily working on a research project in the footprint of 2012’s Duck Lake Fire. Erik anchored the field-data collection component of Dr. Kristen Waring’s project titled: Immediate post-fire conditions and response to the Wallow fire, eastern Arizona and the Duck Lake fire, northern Michigan. The project, which also involves researchers from Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, aims to assess the status and extent of regeneration in the Duck Lake fire area by fire severity and to predict future stocking levels and timber growth. In addition, Erik occasionally pitched in on other ongoing invasive-species control projects on the Bishop property. He has returned to Michigan Tech to complete his Master’s degree in Forestry.

Thank you to the 2013 interns for their commitment and hard work, and to TFG’s Matt Sampson, Joe Schwartz, and Dave Fehringer for the supervision and instruction of the interns, resulting in a safe and productive season.

September 12, 2013

Ohio River partnership pieces together massive conservation trust in Western Kentucky. 4,241 acres to be bought, adding to Big Rivers site in W. Kentucky[read more]

March 15 , 2013

Blue Source, The Forestland Group and Shell Complete 500,000 Tonne California Carbon Offset Transaction
Forestry Offset Deal Signifies Growing Confidence in California’s Cap and Trade System

San Francisco, CA and Chapel Hill, NC – Blue Source and The Forestland Group (TFG) today announced a 500,000 tonne carbon offset sale from the Blue Source-Bishop Improved Forest Management Project located on TFG-managed properties in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The offsets will be sold to Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (Shell Energy), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) after being verified to the California Air Resources Board’s methodology for forest carbon projects. The transaction represents a significant step in carbon market development since actions from large compliance entities like Shell are necessary to help spur investment in greenhouse gas reduction projects. Moreover, the Bishop property consists of over 200,000 acres owned by a Timberland Investment Management Organization (TIMO), making it one of the largest and most unique offset projects in development for the California program.

“This is a case of three individual companies each demonstrating leadership and collectively proving out the concept of the compliance carbon market,” said Kevin Townsend, Blue Source’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The Forestland Group is committing to long term, sustainable forestry, Shell Energy is playing an incredibly important role by committing to a large purchase early in the project’s life, and Blue Source is investing significant financial and human capital developing a project of this unprecedented scope. Together these efforts send a clear message to California companies covered by cap and trade as well as landowners nationwide that carbon markets actually work and provide meaningful incentives for emission reductions.”

“We are excited about the immediate benefits achieved by this project as well as the opportunity to be a leader for future projects in this space. Both the scale and the variety of silvicultural and land use practices present a host of unique challenges, but we are confident in Blue Source’s forestry expertise and its 12 years of carbon market experience to deliver project revenues in a highly efficient manner,” noted Kaarsten Turner Dalby, TFG’s Vice President of Ecological Services.

“Shell Energy is pleased to be a part of this unique project, which reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide emission levels and helps California meet its climate goals," said Frans Everts, President Shell Energy North America. “It’s a natural extension of our sustainable energy commitment in California, notably the Community Choice Aggregation programs in Marin County and San Francisco. These programs, which are designed to provide reliable power through California Energy Commission certified renewable supplies, will also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.”

About Blue Source, LLC

For the last 12 years, Blue Source has helped shape the North American carbon markets through its leadership in over 200 projects, first-of-kind forestry projects, precedent-setting emission reduction sales and world class consulting and technical services. Blue Source's deep forestry expertise and proven success in carbon marketing uniquely position the Company as a leader in the California compliance markets, having listed and registered more forest carbon projects on the Climate Action Reserve than any other company. Blue Source is helping forest owners, land trusts and TIMOs understand and engage in the carbon economy through project development, emission reduction sales, engineering, financing and consulting services. With projects in the United States, Canada, Central America and Africa, Blue Source reduces greenhouse gases across over 20 different project types, including forestry, forest products, waste and methane management, agriculture, oil & gas, transportation and energy efficiency, and can be found on all of North America’s leading offset registries. Blue Source also specializes in helping companies structure a variety of offset purchases for voluntary, pre-compliance and compliance purposes. For more information visit:

About The Forestland Group, LLC

Forestland Group, LLC (“TFG”), formed in 1995, is an independent timberland investment management organization (“TIMO”) which emphasizes naturally regenerating hardwood and some softwood forests. TFG currently manages approximately 3.4 million acres in 20 U.S. states as well as in Belize, Canada, and Costa Rica. The firm manages its investments through a series of limited partnerships and private REITs with a mix of both institutional and high-net-worth investors encompassing some 130 different entities. Headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, TFG has a corporate office near Boston and an array of forest management offices near its land bases. TFG was a pioneering TIMO with respect to managing its portfolio as a Certified Resource Manager under the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM FSC® C018151 guidelines. For more information visit:

About Shell Energy North America (US), L.P.

Houston-based Shell Energy North America (US), L.P., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), serves its customers through its regional offices located throughout North America. As an integral part of the Shell Trading network of companies, Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. is the primary marketer of Shell's equity natural gas in North America. As a leader in gas and power marketing, Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. and its subsidiaries, trade and market natural gas, wholesale power, environmental products and risk management products with counterparties and customers throughout the region. More information is available online at

January 2, 2013

Finite Carbon and The Forestland Group Register the First TIMO Improved Forest Management Project for California Carbon Market.[read more]

August 23, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Erika M. Viall, Senior Director of Financial Operations, and Valerie H. Leary, Financial Reporting Manager, have obtained the CGMA credential offered through the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The CGMA is a strategically vital complement to the CPA credential. This designation allows a CPA to be recognized as part of a global community of professional financial and management accountants, as well as demonstrating accounting expertise in such areas as leading strategically with management to make more informed decisions; helping organizations manage change, risk and uncertainty; protecting corporate assets; and promoting operational efficiency and effectiveness.

To qualify, you must meet any one of the CGMA experience requirement options below, as well as be a voting member of the AICPA in good standing. A minimum of:
• Three years of financial (including internal audit) or management accounting experience in business, industry, or government, or

• Two years of financial or management accounting experience plus one year in public accounting, or

• Three years of financial/management accounting experience on a consulting basis, or

• Three years in a management accounting role focused on the management and operation of an accounting firm.

July 12, 2012

Elizabeth Martinez Sr. Director of GIS and IT spoke with Steve Wilent of the Forestry Source about how The Forestland Group is using ArcGIS Online.

"ArcGIS Online Helps The Forestland Group Collaborate with Consultants in Four Countries". [read more]

June 5, 2012

The Forestland Group's involvement in "the Big U.P Deal" featured in the article "A Good Cut" in The Nature Conservancy magazine, Volume 2, 2012."For the Forestland Group, sustainable logging isn't merely a nice thing to do for the planet, it's also a smart thing to do for business". Shawn Hagan, head of The Forestland Group’s operations, Great Lakes region. [read more]

April 27, 2012

Mike Hincher to Join Virginia Tech Advisory Board

Mike Hincher, Senior Vice President–Forest Operations, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation of the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Mr. Hincher will serve a two-year term on the Advisory Board. The mission of the Board is to bring knowledge of trends and issues in the forest-resource-based professions and to provide insight to the Department that will keep forestry and the related curricula current and relevant. Also, Advisory Board members are expected to serve as advocates for the Department to potential students, the College of Natural Resources, the University, the Virginia legislature and the general public. Mr. Hincher looks forward to serving on this Board to help promote the stated mission.

Mr. Hincher is a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech.

March 30, 2012


Leasing of Former Champion Lands in Adirondacks by Heartwood Forestland Fund to Continue.

Deal Adds 2,146 Acres to the State Forest Preserve and Creates 651-Acre State Forest

Leasing of recreational camps on the former Champion lands in Franklin, Herkimer, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will be allowed under an agreement reached this week with the state and Heartwood Forestland Fund III, LP, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. As part of the agreement, Heartwood Forestland, the owner of a conservation easement on the former Champion lands, will transfer 2,797 acres of valuable wildlife habitat in the Deer River corridor to the state.. [read more]

March 20, 2012

Blake Stansell Earns Financial Certification

The Forestland Group is pleased to announce that, Blake H. Stansell, CFP®, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame design)® in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Mr. Stansell currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Investments and has been employed by The Forestland Group since 2000.

These marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. CFP® certificants also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

CFP Board is a nonprofit certification organization with a mission to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 61,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States. For more about CFP Board, visit

January 19, 2012

Conservation Sale Announced

The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have jointly acquired nearly 2,500 acres in Union County at the confluence of the Ohio and Tradewater rivers. The property will become the state’s newest wildlife management area (WMA) and state forest. [read more]

December 30, 2011

Promotions and a New Hire

The Forestland Group LLC (TFG) announced today the promotion of the following three employees:

Blake Stansell has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Investments.

Kaarsten Turner-Dalby has been promoted to Vice President – Ecological Services.

Linwood Thornton has been promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO.

In his position, Blake will assume increased responsibility for timberland acquisition due-diligence activities, valuation modeling, timber and timberland market analysis, and coordination of third-party appraisals.

Kaarsten will continue oversight of the FSC certification program and TFG’s efforts to generate increased revenues from a diversity of ecological services including sales of carbon credits and working-forest conservation easements, leasing of wind-energy rights, and monetization of non-timber attributes associated with forestland ownership.

Lin will continue leading TFG’s financial and administrative team, which is charged with such functions as reporting, tax, risk management, financing, budgeting, and fund administration.

In addition, TFG welcomes a new forestry professional to the team. Joe Schwartz has been named the Assistant to the Regional Director of Forest Operations – Southern Region. Joe will be assisting Andy Norris in overseeing the management activities for the southern region.

Prior to joining TFG, Mr. Schwartz served as Resource Forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Based in Sedalia, his responsibilities included the design and implementation of a statewide CFI project, silvicultural programs, managing wildlife and recreation resources on multiple conservation areas, providing forest-management assistance to private landowners, as well as being a technical resource to field forestry staff for inventory design and analysis, ArcGIS, GPS, and data recorders. Prior to working for the Department of Conservation , Joe worked as a Forester for Clearwater Forest Consultants and as a Forestry Sub-Contractor for Chestnut Ridge Forestry.

Mr. Schwartz holds a Master of Science in Silviculture from Michigan Technological University and a B.S. in Forest Science from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

October 7, 2011

Executive Changes at Anderson-Tully

Anderson-Tully announced today some executive-level changes. Chip Dickinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anderson-Tully, will resign as an officer effective late October 2011 in order to join E. Ritter and Company (based in Marked Tree, Arkansas) as President. Mr. Dickinson joined Anderson-Tully in 1995 and was the primary liaison in Anderson-Tully’s 2006 acquisition by an affiliate of The Forestland Group (based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina), and continued to lead the Company following the transaction.

Two long-time executives will be promoted. Richard L. Wilkerson, currently Executive Vice-President of Anderson-Tully Lumber Company, will be promoted to President of Anderson-Tully Lumber Company. W. Norman Davis, currently Executive Vice-President of Anderson-Tully Company, will be promoted to President of Anderson-Tully Company. Chris Zinkhan, based in North Carolina and the Chairman of Anderson-Tully’s Board of Directors, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. In his new position, Mr. Wilkerson will oversee lumber manufacturing and sales, human resources, and information technology. Mr. Davis will be responsible for the timberlands, forestry operations, wildlife management, and river transportation.

Wilkerson began his career in 1978 in Vicksburg operations and later spent 10 years as a sales representative with Anderson-Tully in Memphis. Wilkerson returned to Vicksburg in 1996 as Vice-President-Lumber Sales. Wilkerson currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Hardwood Manufacturers Association and is a former board member of the American Hardwood Export Council. Locally, Wilkerson serves on the YMCA Board of Directors and is actively involved with the Salvation Army. He and his wife Ruth are members of Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal and have two sons, George and Gordon.

Davis spent from 1978 to 1990 in the Anderson-Tully forestry department managing timberland primarily north of Memphis. He worked for Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation from 1990 through 1999 where he developed and implemented a hardwood management program for lands in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. Davis returned to Anderson-Tully in late 1999 as Lands Manager. He is currently Chairman of the Southern Hardwood Forestry Research Group and Vice-Chairman of the Southern Hardwood Forestry Group. He and his wife Kyran have three children and two grandchildren and live in Clinton, MS.

Mr. Zinkhan made the following statement about the changes and the Company’s future: “We are very appreciative of Chip’s contribution and long service to the Company; Chip, Richard, and Norman have been instrumental in improving the productivity and efficiency of the Company since the merger. With these improvements and our new executive team, we are excited about our niche within the hardwood sector and our ability to compete now and in the future within the global marketplace.”

Anderson-Tully, a Mississippi corporation was founded in 1889 and is one of Vicksburg’s oldest and largest industries.

September 30, 2011

The Forestland Group, LLC participates in international effort to identify global croplands and their water use.

The Forestland Group’s Senior Forester, Alex Finkral, has joined a team of scientists sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to create a “knowledge warehouse” for data, products, approaches, methods, algorithms, models, and maps pertaining to global croplands and their water use. The Global Croplands Working Group is supported by the USGS Powell Center in Fort Collins, Colorado ( Created in 2010, the Powell Center serves as a catalyst for innovative thinking in earth system science research, initiated as one means of implementing the USGS Science Strategy, to support scientist-driven interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis of complex natural science problems.

The Global Cropland Working Group, comprised of 13 scientists from China, India, Nepal, Italy, England, Turkey, and the U.S., held their first meeting September 26th-30th, 2011. Climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on global croplands and their water use, vital for ensuring future food security for the world’s rapidly expanding human population. Through fusion of advanced remote sensing (e.g., Landsat, Resourcesat, MODIS) in combination with national statistics, ancillary data (e.g., elevation, precipitation), and field-plot data, the group aims to develop an advanced geospatial information system that will provide information such as: crop types, precise location of crops, cropping intensities (e.g., single crop, double crop), crop health\vigor, watering methods (e.g., irrigated, supplemental irrigated, rainfed), flood and drought information, and yield or productivity (expressed per unit of land and\or unit of water). Dr. Finkral brings a resource management perspective to the group, with a focus on tradeoffs in ecosystem services between crop and non-cropland ecosystems.

September 21, 2011

Kaarsten Turner Dalby was a panelist at the “Who Will Own the Forest?” conference September 19-21 in Portland, Oregon.

“Who Will Own the Forest?” is an annual conference focused on the unique opportunities and challenges in forestland investments . The “Who Will Own the Forest?” conference series has become the largest event of its kind in North America, and is considered by many to be the premier forestland investing event. This 2½ day conference offers ample networking and learning opportunities including continuing education credits for appraisers, attorneys, foresters, and CPAs.

The goal of the panel, Carbon Promises and Reality was to provide a grounded discussion of recent decisions, evaluations, deals, progress and 3-5 year trends in the North American Forest Carbon Market.

Kaarsten joined other panelists:

  • Mike Cafferata Oregon Dept of Forestry. ODOF has been assessing the potential of carbon revenues for newly acquired properties with support from the Conservation Fund. ODOF is a potential generator and seller of carbon credits.
  • Nick Martin American Carbon Registry. ACR has been setting standards for forestry projects that are different than the Climate Action Reserve standards. ACR is currently working to move their methodologies from the voluntary market to the California market.
  • Eron Bloomgarden EKO Asset Management Partners. EKO AMP is a potential buyer of carbon credits through their new fund.

The panel was set-up with a presentation delivered by Eron Bloomgarden who addressed:
  • The current forest carbon market size (CAR, voluntary ACR/VCS, BC/Canada), (US vs International)
  • Who is buying/selling? What are the current transaction volumes and price ranges?
  • What is the projected demand for credits in California for 2012-2020?
  •  What are the latest trends?

There has been plenty of talk about the potential for carbon credits to create new revenues for owners of forestland, but regulatory hurdles, environmental concerns, unclear climate policies, and slow financing have resulted in progress measured in fits and starts rather than leaps and bounds. Moreover, there have been questions about how California’s AB32 implementation, that includes forestry credits, will affect momentum. Within this framework, the panelists attempted to address how leading organizations are evaluating the costs, benefits, and timing of monetizing forest carbon revenue.

Proceedings (including agenda, participant list, speaker biographies and presentations slides) will be available for purchase in digital Adobe Acrobat format in a few weeks. If you want to be notified when the CDs are available, please send an e-mail to If you have specific questions about Kaarsten’s presentation, please contact her at

June 21, 2011

The Management Committee of The Forestland Group (“TFG”) is delighted to announce the employment of Dr. Alex Finkral as Senior Forester.

As the Senior Forester, Dr. Finkral advises the TFG regional forestry staff and forestry management consultants on silvicultural and forest management planning issues. In addition, Dr. Finkral plays a supporting role in the FSC certification process and manages research efforts targeted at the application of improved forest management techniques on TFG owned properties.

Dr. Finkral has over 16 years of domestic and international forestry experience. Prior to his employment with TFG, Dr. Finkral was an Assistant Professor of Forest Management at Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry where he taught courses in Forest Stand Dynamics, Forest Ecosystem Assessment, Forest Operations, Silviculture and Fire Applications.

In addition, Dr. Finkral conducted research on the effects of silvicultural thinning, regeneration, forest carbon, and forest health that led to publications in various scientific journals. Specific research interests include: how economic considerations affect and are affected by different forest management strategies for a variety of forest products and services; how different silvicultural treatments are chosen and applied along with their effect on plant species abundance and distribution; and how, through their effect on forest carbon sequestration and storage, local forest management practices affect global carbon cycling.

In addition to his experience in North American forests, Dr. Finkral has worked on forestry research and extension projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

Prior to his faculty appointment at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Finkral was the manager of Yale University’s School Forests, located in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. During his tenure as manager, the Yale Myers Forest in Connecticut became certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

In addition, Dr. Finkral co-founded the Masswood Forestry Company, LLC, a small consulting company with clients in southern New England and Arizona.

Dr. Finkral holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and M.F. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His Ph.D. research focused on stand-level growth and developmental responses to – and the economic consequences of – different silvicultural treatments in mixed species forests.

Dr. Finkral is a Certified Forester in the State of Connecticut and a Professional member of the Forest Guild.

Chapel Hill, NC (March 11, 2011)

The Forestland Group, LLC (TFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Glenn Wallace as Senior Director of Risk Management and Taxation with primary responsibility for coordinating the affiliated funds’ income tax reporting and compliance. Additionally, he serves on TFG’s financial reporting team. Prior to his employment with TFG in 2010, Mr. Wallace was the controller for Pappas Ventures, a life science biotechnology venture capital firm with $350 million under management. Prior to Pappas Ventures, Mr. Wallace was the Controller for Southeast Interactive Technology Funds, a technology focused venture firm with $175 million under management. Mr. Wallace began his career as a Tax Staff Accountant and Senior Tax Accountant with Ernst and Young, LLP.

Mr. Wallace has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Chapel Hill, NC (March 11, 2011)

The Forestland Group announced today the promotion of the following three employees: 

  • Craig Kaderavek to Senior Director-Forest Operations, Appalachian Region
  • Andy Norris to Senior Director of Forest Operations-Southern Region
  • Elizabeth Martinez to Senior Director GIS/IT

In his position, Craig will continue to oversee forest management of the more than 626,000 acres managed by The Forestland Group in the Appalachian Region.  Craig joined the firm in 2000 as Director of Forest Operations-Appalachian Region.

Andy will continue to supervise forest management with responsibility for overseeing the on-the-ground management activities for the approximately 801,670 acres owned in the southern region. Mr. Norris started with the firm in 2004 as Director of Forest Operations-Southern Region.

Elizabeth will continue her management responsibility for TFG’s GIS operational plans, IT support, and data integration for research and reporting.   Elizabeth joined the firm in 1996 as Administrative Assistant with a concentration in GIS.


November 17, 2010

ODNR Dedicates New State Forest and Wildlife Area.  COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Governor Ted Strickland and Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean Logan announced the opening of Ohio’s newest state forest, the 12,089-acre Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest, as well as the neighboring 3,405-acre Vinton Furnace State Wildlife Area.[read more]

September 7, 2010

Shawn Hagan, Senior Director of Forest Operations--Great Lakes Region, has been named as one of the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Field Forester Awards sponsored by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). [read more]

February 3, 2010

The Nature Conservancy today announced that it has purchased 13,350 acres of ecologically significant forestland within the Dragon Run and Mattaponi
watersheds from the Hancock Timber Resource Group.
[read more]

January 13, 2010

CEI has used NMTC financing in West Virginia for a project with The Forestland Group.[read more]

December 16, 2009

Thresa Henderson is a co-author of the chapter, “Costs and Benefits of Forest Certification in the Americas” in the Natural Resources: Management, Economic Development, and Protection (Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2009, Jeanette B. Pauling Editor). The book presents research on topics relating to renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the sustainability of these resources in today’s environment.[read more]

New York proposes amendment to state-owned easement on former Champion lands to allow continued leasing of hunting camps in exchange for 2,661 acres of valuable wildlife habitat [read more]

November 4, 2009

Martinez a speaker on  the Cutting-Edge Mobile GIS Resources for Forestry: Free Webinar [read more]

October 28, 2009

Zinkhan to speak at the Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Forestry Association [read more]

October 28, 2009

The Arkansas Forestry Commission awards Pignut Hickory on Land The Forestland Group manages as a Champion Tree. [read more]

October 28, 2009

Ohio strikes agreement with TFG to purchase 3,250-acre Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest plus 12,599-acre Raccoon Ecological Management Area for preservation, assisted by private and federal funding [read more]

October 8, 2009

TFG is a partner in the Carbon Canopy project. [read more]

September 22-23, 2009

Kaarsten Turner Dalby speaks at  “BTUs From The Forest” Conference…[read more]

August 11, 2009

Kaarsten Turner Dalby was a panelist discussing Biomass Fuel Contracts at the 2009 Southeast Bio energy Conference. [read more]

July 17, 2009

Martinez becomes Vice President of first ESRI Forestry GIS User Group. [read more]

June 25, 2009

TFG is one of three nominees for 2009 Real Assets Manager of the Year by Foundation and Endowment Money Management. [read more]

June 15, 2009

Connecticut Lakes Timber Company announcement. [read more]

March 25, 2009

University of Georgia announcement on Timberland Investment Conference where Zinkhan will serve as keynote speaker. [read more]

March 5, 2009

HAYSI, Va. – Strip miners and environmentalists are working with schoolchildren to make the world a better place – by planting chestnut trees.[read more]

January 2, 2009

TFG to serve as host for the Southern Forest Economics Workers (SOFEW) Annual Meeting. [read more]

September 19, 2008

Zinkhan to speak on the History of Modern Timberland Investment at the International Forest Investment Conference in London. [read more]

April 11, 2008

Zinkhan and Stansell discuss hardwood timber investments at the Annual Meeting of the Forest Landowners Association. [read more]

April 6, 2008

The Nature Conservancy works with the Forest Land Group to lease the Flint Gap site for 60 years. High School Students Plant Trees On Strip Mine Site [read more]

February 26, 2008

Roy O. Martin transaction announcement. [read more]

February 22, 2008

Zinkhan to speak at timberland investment conference in Munich. [read more]

December 21, 2007

 The Forestland Group, LLC (TFG) and Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. today announced the purchase and sale of approximately 100,000 acres of Wisconsin land.
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September 20, 2007

Zinkhan to deliver the 2007 Carlton N. Owen Lecture at Mississippi State University. [read more]

February 12, 2007

Ohio’s largest single tract of privately held forest now forever protected - ODNR signs conservation easements on nearly 16,000 acres of Vinton County woodland  
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January 2, 2007

The Forestland Group announced today the promotion of the following four employees
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September 1, 2006

The Forestland Group, LLC announced today the promotion of Kaarsten Turner Dalby
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August 31, 2005

The Forestland Group, LLC announced today the recent purchase by Heartwood Forestland Fund V, L.P.
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October 5, 2005

Anderson-Tully Company and The Forestland Group announce merger agreement
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May 19, 2005

Fraser Papers completes sale of Maine Timberlands
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May 11, 2005

TFG receives Corporate Sustainable Standard Setter Award
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April 25, 2005

The Forestland Group earns certification on 1.5M Acres: First TIMO in the world to have entire portfolio FSC-certified.
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January 13, 2005

State of Delaware Protects 2,000 Acres of Prime Forestland in Sussex County.
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January 6, 2005

Governor Granholm of Michigan and Nature Conservancy Announce Largest Conservation Project in State's History Supported by The Forestland Group and Foundation Community.
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December 31, 2004

The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) and The Forestland Group, LLC (TFG) announced today that Brink's subsidiaries have closed on the sale of approximately 132,500 acres of their timber business in southern Virginia to an investment fund managed by TFG.
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June 1, 2004

Andy Norris to serve as Director of Forest Operations for the Southern Region.
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September 2003

The Forestland Group, LLC today announced the sale of the 6,746-acre Ward Tract in south central West Virginia to the National Park Service (NPS) as an addition to the New River Gorge National Recreation Area.
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June 18, 2003

Dave Fehringer to serve as Assistant Regional Director-Great Lakes Region.
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January 16, 2003

The Forestland Group, LLC today announced the sale of 951 acres in two parcels in Burke County, North Carolina, to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Division of Parks and Recreation as an addition to the South Mountains State Park.
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December 19, 2002

The Glatfelter Corporation announces agreement to sell Approximately 25,000 acres in Maryland to the Conservation Fund in partnership with The Forestland Group, LLC and the State of Maryland.
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December 13, 2002

The Forestland Group, LLC today announced the acquisition of 95,000 acres of forestland in West Virginia from the MeadWestvaco Corporation for the Heartwood Forestland Fund IV.
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December 6, 2002

Kamehameha Schools Announces Agreement to Sell 390,000 Acres of Michigan Timberland to The Forestland Group.
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