listings of consultants in the state of Washington and
in neighboring states were used in preparing this directory. Also,
representatives of government agencies and other individuals were
contacted to learn the names of additional consultants. Once a master
file was put together, a survey form was sent to all those listed.
No endorsement is implied nor intended for any consultant. The directory
is simply a listing of consultants who responded to a survey.
To be listed,
individuals were requested to meet the following criteria for a
available to the general public on a contract or fee basis, with
the fee paid by the client.
- All work
performed in compliance with legal requirements for the practice
- No conflicts
of interests (for instance, wood procurement); ability to serve
the best and sole interest of clients or charges.
available in the state of Washington.
CHOOSE A CONSULTANT
business is based on satisfied clients. The person or company you
hire should represent and serve your best interests in all matters
concerning your timberlands.
may base their fees on the acreage of timberland involved; a percentage
of the revenues from sales; dollars per thousand board foot product;
amount of time required to perform the job; or, in the case of tree
planting, the dollars per 1,000 seedlings planted. Cost should be
on consideration in choosing a consultant, but a forester's experience,
performance record, and understanding of your objectives are equally
There is no
single best way to manage forest land. Goals and objectives of landowners
vary widely. Choose a consultant who understands your needs and
with whom you feel comfortable. Determine a consultant's qualifications
by requesting information from the consultant and references from
several other clients. Compare this information with cost estimates
and references from several consultants before choosing one. The
knowledge and experience of consulting foresters vary widely. No
legal standards govern consultants in Washington.
As in any business
arrangement, be aware of competing loyalties. Some foresters may
be employed as timber buyers for forest products companies, others
are associated with such companies or have potential conflict of
interest involving other clients. The consultant is ethically bound
to inform you of any possible conflicts of interest or even an appearance
of such conflicts.
Once you have
selected a consultant, sign an agreement or contract. This should
include a list of services, how they are to be performed and who
will perform them. For example, if boundaries are to be marked,
who will search the records for property descriptions? Who will
obtain the necessary permits, such as the forest practice application?
If timber is to be sold, will it be by competitive bid, negotiated
bid, or contract logging? How often will the consultant check during
harvesting to assure that the job is done correctly? How will the
volume of timber sold be figured out, and by whom? If a fuelwood
sale is a possibility during or after the harvest, who will receive
regional shortages of energy and high quality timber are improving
the economics for growing wood. Given the willingness of landowners
to commit themselves to sound land management practices, growing
timber will pay dividends to both short- and long-term financial
benefits. Hiring a consultant can help your timber reach its potential
if you select your consultant wisely.
1984 Montana Consultant Foresters, Montana Department of State Lands,
Forestry Division, March 1984, compiled by Mark J. Lennon)
You may search
for companies either by state, region within a state, or by specialization.
As a group, consulting foresters are able to provide a wide variety
of services to their clients. As a guide to these services, each
consulting company has a list of specialized fields. If you have
a particular need which is not listed, your consultant may still
be able to provide that service or may know where help is available.
Don't be afraid to ask.