Montana State University

MSU Extension Forestry

Timber Value Chain

- Consulting Foresters

Professional consulting foresters are agents hired by landowners to provide a number of forest management services, such as

  • Writing a Forest Management Plan
  • Timber Sale Planning and Administration
  • Timber Cruising and Timber Marking
  • Absentee Landowner Representation
  • Aerial Photo Interpretation
  • Road Engineering and Layout
  • Expert Witness

When hiring a consulting forester, it is important to check their credentials. Members of the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) are certified to have the proper forestry education and experience in providing independent forestry services to the public. Members are held to high standards of continuing education and a strict code of ethics. Conflicts of interest with regard to representing a landowner are forbidden. ACF maintains a list of accredited consulting foresters by state.
The State of Montana DNRC Forestry Division also maintains a list of DNRC Service Foresters in Montana.