TFS Forest Tour to show the new director, Al Davis, an example of forest management in East Texas.
The people featured in this photo, dated 14 July 2021, are (from left to right): Billy Whitworth, Assistant Chief Regional Fire Coordinator; Wes Moorehead, Assistant Director Forest Resource Protection; Jason Ellis, District Forester III Jacksonville District; Jordan Herrin, Central East Texas Regional Forester; Phil Power, President of TNFLA; Al Davis, Interim Director- TFS; Jake Donellan, East Texas Operations Department Head; and, Bill Oates, Associate Director Forest Resource Development.

TNFLA Board accepting the First Place Conservation Award for the State of Texas!

Message from the TNFLA Board of Directors

Thank you for a wonderful year. Our association is only as strong as its members are active. Currently, we have over 100 active members! We are committed to providing you with two membership meetings each year (Fall and Spring) - if you would like to be a speaker or have a topic that you would like a speaker to discuss, please contact us by clicking HERE.

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How to Choose a Consulting Forester? By Gary Burns

As a private forest landowner, you may eventually need assistance from a professional forester to help you with forest management decisions. Public agencies, such as the Texas Forest Service, can provide valuable forestry assistance and can provide a list of consulting foresters when needed.

So just what are consulting foresters? They are forestry professionals with a Bachelor of Science or higher degree in forestry who work directly for the landowner rather than for a timber procuring entity or public agency. Because they represent only the landowner, they can operate objectively without a conflict of interest.

Texas has no registration or licensing for foresters, so anyone can claim to be a forester in Texas and some timber buyers and logging contractors have used the term “consultant.” So check their background and credentials.

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is a national professional society for all foresters, private, industrial, or public. Members must have either a bachelor’s degree in forestry from a SAF-accredited institution or a bachelor’s degree in a field closely allied to forestry plus three years substantial forestry-related experience, and must adhere to a code of ethics. The SAF has a Certified Forester program requiring five years of experience, testing, and continuing education in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The Association of Consulting Foresters consists of consulting foresters who meet their education, experience and professional reference requirements. They have a comprehensive Code of Ethics and do not allow their members to buy timber.

Here in Texas we also have the Texas Accredited Forester Council which designates accredited foresters as those with a Bachelor of Science degree or higher from an accredited forestry institution and have a minimum of five years of professional forestry experience. Their members must meet continuing education requirements, apply best management practices, and abide by their code of ethics.

So how do you choose a consulting forester? You might check out educational background, years and type of experience, as well as affiliations and certifications. Different consultants have different fields of expertise and different approaches. Find one that you can communicate well with – one that understands your goals. You want the best fit for you. Good consulting foresters not only do a good job of representing your interests, but also make you more money than you could reasonably obtain without their services.

TNFLA Wins the Texas Conservation Award for both Region 4 and Statewide in 2019!

The Trinity Neches Forest Landowners Association was recognized as the First place winner, in Region IV, which is made up of 50 Texas Counties.

This organization also was recognized in October 2019, as the 1st place winner for the entire State of Texas.

Thank you for visiting our website - if you would like to become a member or would like more information to help you establish a sustainable privately-held forest, please contact us using our Contact page.

TNFLA President (Phil Power) and TNFLA Director (David Fulton) accept the First Place Award in Area IV - and, there were 50 counties vying for the award!

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The purpose of the Association is to encourage and assist in the development of the full potential of forestry in the Texas counties served – Anderson, Cherokee, Freestone, Van Zandt, Henderson, Houston, & Leon Counties.


In an abundance of caution for your health and safety, your TNFLA Board of Directors has made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Fall Meeting due to the increased risk that the Coronavirus has on our membership.

However, in lieu of the meeting, the TNFLA Board of Directors will be announcing its YouTube channel where you can watch tips and hints for your forestland. Our first video will shortly be posted. And, there is an opportunity for you to star in a TNFLA tips & hints video of your own (more information will be posted on this opportunity shortly). Stay tuned for additional