Timberland Investments for Professionals

Nicholas School of the Environment

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Nicholas School of the Environment


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Timberland-investment professionals in developmental stages of their careers and forestry, accounting, legal, and conservation professionals who interact with them; investment analysts, portfolio managers, financial planners, and trust officers who make decisions regarding timberland assets; and public-policy officials who desire to better understand institutional timberland managers.

About the course

Join experienced practitioners and instructors of forest finance for this 2-day workshop. Participants will analyze the fundamentals of timberland investing, including: global trends in the asset class, market development in ecological services, risk assessment and management, and more.

Experienced managers of timberland investment management organizations, attorneys, and Duke instructors describe and analyze the global opportunity set of investments, trends, alternative strategies and tactics, timber-market fundamentals, the development of markets in ecological services, financial reporting and tax considerations, risk management, and financial criteria for assessing alternatives.

Day 1 – Timberland Investment Fundamentals Classroom Sessions

  • Opportunity set of global timberland investment opportunities
  • Key forest-products sector trends
  • Why include timberland in an investment portfolio?
  • Players in the timberland marketplace, with a focus on TIMO’s and Timber REIT’s
  • Investment-fund structuring
  • Income opportunities beyond timber sales: Ecological services
  • Criteria for assessing timberland-investment opportunities

Includes Networking Lunch and Cocktail Social Hour

Day 2 – Assessing individual properties and timberland portfolios

Classroom sessions may include:

  • Risks and risk management
  • Income opportunities beyond timber sales: Emerging markets in ecosystem services and environmental offsets
  • Structuring working-forest conservation easements
  • Key trends and changes in Natural-Resource Investing

Includes networking lunch and panel discussion


Blake Stansell

Mr. Stansell oversees investments and operations, implements investment strategy and chairs the Management Committee and the Investment Committee. Prior to his current role he served as the Senior Vice President of Investments with primarily responsibilities related to timberland acquisitions. B...

Sam Radcliffe

After a long career in the forestry consulting and land management business, I retired at the end of 2018. I am currently open to short term temporary opportunities in different areas (in or out of forestry) where my analytical skills would fit. I plan to be very selective in this process, as I a...

Michael Clutter

Dr. Clutter is responsible for operations and investment strategy supporting Forest Investment Associates’ (FIA) interests in timberland investment and management in North America. He serves on FIA’s Executive and Investment Committees. Before returning to the private sector with FIA, Mike was th...

Scott Jones

Scott R. Jones is Independent Director of the Company. he is a director of company since 2014. Mr. Jones has been President of forest investment firm Forest Capital Partners since 2000. Prior to joining Forest Capital Partners, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at Timberland Growth Cor...

Alex Finkral

Dr. Finkral’s primary responsibility is advising the TFG regional forestry staff and TFG’s forest management consultants on silvicultural and forest management planning issues. In addition, Alex manages research efforts aimed at improving forest management practices on TFG-owned properties. Dr. ...

Brian Dangler

Based in Chapel Hill, NC, Brian Dangler is the Director of The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund, where he directs the Fund’s sustainably managed forest operations and leads the strategy, financing and design of its growing portfolio of conservation-based timberland transactions across the ...

Nick Dilks

Nick Dilks co-founded EIP in 2006 and has extensive experience in land conservation, finance, private equity fund management and real estate. Prior to EIP, he spent 10 years with The Conservation Fund, most recently as its Vice President for Real Estate. He has a BA in Environmental Science &...

Jonathan Prather

Mr. Prather is a Partner in Perella Weinberg Partners’ Advisory business. He focuses on advising clients in the Industrials sector. Mr. Prather has 18 years of investment banking experience assisting companies on a wide range of financial and strategic matters. During his tenure at Perella Wei...

Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and currently leads Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s Middle East and Africa Initiatives. Kevin represents institutional and entrepreneurial clients in virtually all types of commercial real estate projects, including, retail, multi-family...

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