By Eddie Lee Rider, Jr.
Not long ago, I sat down with my personal friend and longtime supporter of The Land Report, Tom Margo, VP/ Director of Investment and Real Estate Services with American Forest Management, for a chat.
ELR: Tom, AFM is a bedrock in the land industry. For the few who don’t know, give our readers a brief history of the company. You’ve been around for over 50 years.
TM: We started out in 1966, when Bartow “Bo” Shaw formed Bartow Shaw and Associates to provide consulting services for private forestland owners. A few years later, Bo added two more partners to form Shaw, McLeod and Belser. Over the next 30 years, in a strategic effort to expand land management and real estate services, the company expanded through organic growth and acquisitions of companies that included the Hurlbutt firm, Canal Forest Resources, Sustainable Forest Technologies, and International Forestry Consultants. Today, American Forest Management has over 270 employees, located in 45 offices operating in the Pacific Northwest, Lake States, New England, and throughout the Appalachian and Southern regions of the US. Recently, we have become very active in Latin America on due diligence projects and plantation management in Central America.
ELR: Tell our folks about your depth of services, including the real estate side.
TM: American Forest Management is a full-service forestry consulting and land brokerage firm. We are all about the land. This is our only business. We manage over 6 million acres of land for institutional investors and private landowners. Our services include land management, harvesting and reforestation, inventory, arboriculture, recreational and land lease management, large-scale disposition and acquisition projects, appraisals, accounting, technical services, and real estate services. Our real estate team’s primary focus is on land — they are land specialists. We work with all types of landowners — timberland, farm, recreational, conservation development, and high-end plantation property owners — to assist them with their acquisition or disposition needs. We have offices across the country, so our real estate professionals have a deep understanding of local trends and opportunities and their effects on property values. Our land sale projects have ranged in size from less than one acre to 300,000 acres, with numerous projects involving single-tract and bundled-tract sales. What makes American Forest Management’s real estate services unique is our brokers are supported and have full access to AFM’s various service groups. This includes our foresters, appraisers, mapping specialists, wildlife biologists, data analysts, environmental managers, and marketing professionals, together creating a team approach that works very well in producing a professional marketing plan uniquely designed to meet our clients’ objectives.
ELR: Is there a current listing or two you would like to highlight for our audience?
TM: We have a tremendous opportunity in Hood Uplands, a fantastic listing in Hood River County, Oregon. It is 1,891± acres, and Land Report readers can view details at: https://americanforestmanagement.com/real-estate/properties/ hood-uplands/1351