American Forest Management Regional Operations: Pacific Northwest
The AFM Pacific Northwest Region is headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, just east of Seattle. A satellite office in Chehalis provides timberland management services for timberlands in Southwest Washington. AFM offers a comprehensive range of professional forestry, mapping and arboricultural services in the Pacific Northwest. We assist clients concerned with the management, acquisition, utilization and protection of forest resources. Our clients include large and small private landowners, conservation organizations, and government agencies. With its wide range of technical expertise, AFM handles complex natural resources projects from start to finish.
Forest Management – AFM currently manages over 80,000 acres of forestland in Washington State. Our forestland management is tailored to our clients’ needs, from timber utilization to wildlife habitat and enhancement. The majority of tree farms managed by AFM are certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).
Administration and planning
Assistance with state and local forest practices permitting and compliance
Timberland acquisition feasibility studies
Group Certification – We offer the owners of AFM-managed lands a cost effective avenue to enroll their lands into the SFI certification program. Landowners benefit by having their forests and forest products recognized as sustainable and reasonably produced. Certified forest products also enjoy increased marketability. AFM adheres to the 2015-2019 SFI® Standard on properties covered by AFM’s SFI® Group Certification Program.
Inventory and Appraisal – AFM has over 40 years experience doing timber inventories and appraisal in the Pacific Northwest. Whether the client has one acre or 100,000 acres, AFM can design and implement a timber inventory to meet their criteria. Timber inventories are designed to survey stand structure, age classes, species composition, and volume totals. AFM uses a number of industry standard inventory and timber cruise software packages and growth models to calculate existing and future volumes and forest conditions.
AFM cruises over 10,000 acres of timberland annually. We perform extensive timber surveys on large ownerships, as well as intensive surveys on small acreages. These timber cruises are often associated with timber appraisals.
The company routinely appraises timber, timberlands, environmentally sensitive lands, and lands in transition. Clients include government agencies, timber companies, and private investors, such as Timber Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs). Appraisals are prepared in accordance with the standards of appraisal institutes and Yellow Book standards when required. AFM also assists clients with purchase and sale strategies for timber and forestland.
>AFM’s expertise in inventory and appraisals includes:
Extensive and intensive forest inventories
Sampling design to meet clients end needs
Volume and stand structure determination
Market value and analysis of timber and forestland
Purchase and sale strategies to limit client’s tax liability
Arboriculture – In today’s expanding urban environment, urban tree assessment and management is increasingly difficult. AFM has the staff and expertise to assist private individuals, and local jurisdictions when facing these challenges.
Tree protection and retention plans and management
Tree condition and risk assessments
Appraisal of urban tree damage and loss
We are experienced in conducting tree inventories for a wide range of uses. We have successfully completed city park and street tree inventories for several municipalities in the region. We develop inventory parameters specific to the client’s need with the assistance of our GIS department. We also inventory urban forests and green spaces which may include mapping and assessing forest health, understory vegetation, invasive species threats, sensitive areas and threatened species. This is usually accomplished to develop an urban forest management plan and/or to prioritize threatened areas for remedial treatments.
Tree Valuation – Trees have value. We look at all aspects of tree value, including income from timber product values, cost of replacement, corrective action and amenity values. Issues include trespass resolution, insurance claims and natural disasters.
Tree Condition and Risk Assessments – We perform visual tree assessments and compile reports for a variety of clientele, including homeowners, home owner’s associations, municipalities and developers. We look at the whole tree, assessing vigor, inspecting for indicators of disease and insect occurrence, stress factors, structural defects and environmental considerations. Our reports provide professional recommendations based on science and experience to reduce risks and enhance the health of our urban trees and forests.
Trees and Development – We are very familiar with the varying City tree ordinances and protection regulations in the Puget Sound Region. We have successfully developed tree retention/protection plans in all surrounding cities, working with various clients that included architects, real estate developers and building contractors. We review construction plans with an eye toward expected and unexpected results of tree removal and retention. We provide sound recommendations and guidelines for successful tree preservation.
Trees and the Environment – Planting the right trees in the right locations enhances the environment and our communities. It is critical to select the best tree species, size and placement for any given site. We prepare re-vegetation plans based on soils, shading, slopes, water and aesthetics for long term success.
Mapping and GIS – We use our in-house Geographic Information System (GIS) to map, analyze and display spatial data. This includes aerial photo interpretation, digitizing and the use of diverse databases to create detailed maps and analyses.
Forest and habitat mapping
Aerial photo interpretation
Geographic Information System (GIS) database development and analysis
AFM is committed to the sustainable management, use and development of forest resources and the protection of trees in the urban environment.
Some recent projects include the mapping and assessment of the health of urban forests, development of a GIS database for the re-licensing of a hydroelectric dam, map production for a conservation land management plan, GIS analysis and mapping for a major government land exchange appraisal, large scale wildlife habitat mapping across much of the Central Washington Cascade Mountains, GIS support for a habitat conservation plan in the Northern Mariana Islands, map production and GIS analysis for a riparian timber study in SE Alaska, aerial photo interpretation and GIS mapping of timberlands in the Sierra Nevada of California.
Clients using our GIS services include:
Natural resource scientists
Wildlife and fisheries biologists
Our GIS mapping and analysis capability is used to support our foresters with forest management, timber inventory, appraisal, and urban forestry projects. GIS mapping has become an integral part of our company’s business. It helps our foresters to navigate through forest practice rules. In today’s complex regulatory climate, the analysis of spatial data before going into the field saves our clients time and money.
AFM’s foresters use GIS for:
Timber stand delineation, acreage calculation and database design.
Long-range forest planning associated with timber stand and inventory information.
Determine Riparian Management Zone (RMZ) boundaries on forestlands.
Aiding in forest road construction, management and improvements.
Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAP).
Timber harvest unit design.
Mapping wildlife habitat protection areas.
AFM has a seasoned staff of professionals with a wide range of experience and expertise in the forestry and mapping consulting fields.
Company and staff certifications include:
International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists and Tree Risk Assessors
Society of American Foresters Certified Foresters
Association of Consulting Foresters
American Society of Consulting Arborists
Managers of Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Certified Forests
Black Mountain Forestry Center
University of Washington School of Forest Resources Alumni Association
State of Washington Small Forest Land Owners Advisory Board
Washington Forest Protection Association
Washington Farm Forest Association
King County Rural Forest Commission
GIS Certification Institute
Dennis Dart, Pacific Northwest Region Manager
Dennis Dart brings 14 years of experience to his position as Pacific Northwest Region Manager. He earned his BS, Forestry, from Humboldt State University and is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, a Candidate Member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Bob Layton, Kirkland, WA, District Manager
Bob Layton bring 22 years of experience to his position as Kirkland, WA, District Manager. He earned his A.A.S., Forest Recreation, from Paul Smith's College and is a Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor.
Richard Runyon - Chehalis, WA, District Manager
Rich brings over 27 years of experience to his role as AFM’s Chehalis, WA, District Manager. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Washington and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.
1817 South Market Blvd., Suite 1 North, Chehalis, WA 98532
11415 NE 128th Street, Suite 110, Kirkland, WA 98034