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Fountains Land is a land marketing company with specific expertise in natural resources and a powerful advertising network that reaches land buyers worldwide. We have been a leader in land brokerage since 1980 with a proven track record of connecting buyers and sellers - including families, institutions and conservation organizations. Our skilled brokerage team has successfully managed both small and large complex sales covering nearly one million acres in over 600 transactions.

Our core strengths are rooted in years of land marketing and consulting with a team of brokers educated in the fields of forestry and natural resources. Our brokerage and consulting services are further enhanced by our forest management business, F&W Forestry Services, and the many partnerships we have cultivated with land appraisers, attorneys and financial advisors. These diverse relationships enable us to offer clients a comprehensive suite of services that is unique to land and rural estate brokerage.

Comprehensive Marketing

We provide buyers all the necessary details about a property in a format that is informative and easy to understand. We are well-known for our comprehensive property reports offering descriptive narratives about location, access, natural resources, taxes, special features and GIS-based maps. On properties where timber represents significant value, we provide a timber valuation detailing the forest species products, volumes and current stumpage values.

Buyer Representation

While the majority of our clients are sellers, we also provide buyer representation services under special arrangements. In this capacity, we work closely with the buyer to understand their desired property type and utilize our extensive contacts and natural resource expertise to identify properties that meet the buyer’s criteria. This process can include developing a broker opinion of value, and if it is an investment property, a cash flow analysis or net present valuation.

Meet Our Brokers

Fountains Land offers timberland and rural land brokerage services across much of the eastern US. Please click a region below to meet the brokers who serve those states.

Northeast
ME, NH, VT MA, PA
Michael Tragner
Michael Tragner – Principle Broker
Michael began his forestry and brokerage career with Fountains Land over 27 years ago. Currently, he works closely with other colleagues as he oversees all company brokerage and marketing activities. He brings to the Fountains Land marketing team development of investor contacts, property valuation expertise, strategic disposition strategies and creative marketing concepts. Much of his direct property marketing assignments occur within Vermont, his home state. He received his BS in Resource Management at SUNY ESF at Syracuse, New York. He is a licensed broker in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania
79 River Street Suite 301
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Patrick Hackley
Patrick Hackley – ME, NH and MA Real Estate Manager
Patrick’s specialties include timberland and rural estate brokerage; timberland investments; forest management; HBU analysis; acquisition due diligence; and technical writing. He has an Associate Degree in Pre-professional Forestry from Paul Smiths College and a BS in Forestry and Forest Biology from the SUNY ESF in Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining Fountains Land in 2005, Patrick served as the Northeastern Technical Division Forester for the Forest Resources Association in Augusta, Maine. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the lakes region of central New Hampshire.
One Mill Plaza
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246-3475
Todd Waldron
Todd Waldron – VT, NY and Appalachian Regional Real Estate Manager
Todd began his forestry career 21 years ago as Wood Procurement and Woodyard Manager with Masonite Corporation in Towanda, Pennsylvania. He joined Fountains in 2006 after spending a decade working in the forest products industry in northern PA, and now leads the company’s marketing and brokerage efforts in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. He is a Hunt To Eat Ambassador (www.hunttoeat.com) who lives in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. He has a BS in Resource Management from SUNY ESF in Syracuse, New York, and an AAS in Forest Technology from the New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, New York. He lives in the Lake George region of New York. Conservation and stewardship are core personal values. Todd is a life member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and currently volunteers as the New York BHA chapter board chair. He’s a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a sustaining member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and a 23-year member of the Society of American Foresters. He recently had a published article featured in Backcountry Journal, the quarterly national magazine for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (www.backcountryhunters.org)
1810 Route 9 Suite 2
Lake George, New York 12845
Alisa Darmstadt
Alisa Darmstadt – Marketing Manager and Vermont Salesperson
Alisa graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in ecology and anthropology. She did her undergraduate thesis at Harvard Forest on land protection patterns. Alisa has worked as a Planning and Zoning Administrator, ran her own interior decorating business for six years and raised three sons. She joined the Montpelier, Vermont, office of Fountains Land in January of 2013, working in marketing and administration. In March of 2016, she earned her Vermont Real Estate Salesperson license
79 River Street Suite 301
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Mark Rabon
Mark Rabon – Maine Salesperson
Mark’s real estate career began in Vermont in 1995 before he returned to Maine and the forest products industry a few years later. Mark graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS and a MS, both in Forest Management. He is a Maine Licensed Forester, a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters and an American Tree Farm Inspector. After almost 20 years in the Forest Products Industry, Mark established the consulting firm Integrated Forest Management, Inc. in 2007 where he and his business partners assist landowners in all aspects of forestland management from planning and inventory, through harvest oversight and revenue generation. Mark understands the finer details of timber valuation, conservation easements, forestland acquisition and disposition and has an intimate knowledge of the Western and Central Maine landscape. Mark resides in Turner where he and his family have owned and operated the North Parish Christmas Tree Farm for the past eleven years.
231 North Parish Road
Turner, Maine 04282
Jesse Studley
Jesse Studley – Maine Associate Broker
Jesse comes to Fountains Land with an extensive background in forestry, GIS mapping, and appraisal services. Currently, Jesse works for the James W. Sewall Company and Legacy Appraisal Services valuing large tracts of timberland in North, South and Central America. In addition, he worked on many conservation easement projects as well as single lots and subdivision properties. He is a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser in five states. Before his appraisal work, Jesse worked as a Procurement Forester and GIS Technician in New England. Jesse has a BS in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine and currently lives in Corinth.
60 Beans Mill Road
Corinth, Maine 04427
Appalachia
VA, WV, TN
Rick Sluss
Rick Sluss – Regional Manager - Clinton, Tennessee
Rick Sluss has been with F&W Forestry Services, Inc. since June of 2006. Prior to joining F&W Rick owned and managed Timberwise, Inc. where he managed +/- 100,000 acres of private timberlands for various clients. His current duties include managing private timberlands, acquisition and disposition of client lands, and real estate brokerage. His educational background includes a MS 1992 and BS 1990 in forestry from Virginia Tech. Rick lives in Powell, TN with his wife and three children.
1549 North Charles Sevier Blvd
PO Box 328
Clinton, TN 37717
Todd Waldron
Todd Waldron – VT, NY and Appalachian Regional Real Estate Manager
Todd began his forestry career 21 years ago as Wood Procurement and Woodyard Manager with Masonite Corporation in Towanda, Pennsylvania. He joined Fountains Land in 2006 and now leads the company’s marketing and brokerage efforts in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. He has a BS in Resource Management from SUNY ESF in Syracuse, New York, and an AAS in Forest Technology from the New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, New York. He lives in the Lake George region of New York,
1810 Route 9 Suite 2
Lake George, New York 12845
Southeast
GA, SC, AL, FL
Rob Routhier
Rob Routhier – Executive Vice President - Forest Operations
Rob has been a real estate licensee since 1992 and is currently the Georgia and South Carolina Qualifying Broker. He is also a GA Certified Real Property Appraiser and Registered Forester. After graduating Auburn University, where he received a BS degree in Forest Management, Rob joined F&W Forestry Services (Fountains Land’s parent company) in 1982. He is currently an Executive Vice President and primarily in charge of forest operations for F&W. Rob devotes time to Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Association of Consulting Foresters currently serving as this group’s Southern Region Director.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
P.O. Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31706
Jody Strickland
Jody Strickland – Vice-President - Business Development
Jody Strickland is the Vice-President of Business Development for F&W Forestry Services. She provides timberland acquisition and sales services to clients throughout F&W’s U.S. and international service areas. She also works to develop business with new clients for all F&W services including forest management, timber sales, inventory, and accounting. Jody joined F&W in 2014 after a 22-year career at Weyerhaeuser and Proctor and Gamble where she held numerous leadership positions. Jody serves on numerous boards and councils throughout Georgia, all working to advance the forestry industry.
115 Barnstable Road
Perry, Georgia 31069
T.R. Clark
T.R. Clark – Regional Manager - Lafayette, Alabama
T.R. joined F&W Forestry Services, Inc. in 2003 and specializes in forest management, private timberland consulting and timberland brokerage and currently serves as F&W’s regional manager for Alabama. He has a BS in Forest Management from N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Georgia, holds an Associate Broker’s License in Alabama and a Salesperson’s License in Georgia. He is also a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. T. R. lives with his wife and three children in mid-west Georgia where he enjoys coaching his children’s ball teams, playing church league softball and basketball, children’s ministry opportunities and hunting and fishing, when time allows.
15053 US Highway 431 South
PO Box 250
LaFayette, Alabama 36862
George Peake
George Peake – Real Estate Broker
George Peake joined F&W Forestry Services, Inc., in 2018 as an associate broker. He has a BS degree in Animal Science from Auburn University. He has been active in acquisition, sales and management of forest and agricultural lands for 45 years as an investor with Georgia Timberlands, Inc, Tolleson Land Investment Properties, and Windy Hill Farms. Through these companies, Peake coordinated the acquisition and sale of over $100 million in rural assets throughout the southeastern United States. He also used his training and expertise in land management to advise clients as to Best Management Practices for their timber and agricultural properties. In 2009, Peake obtained his Georgia Real Estate License, and worked as a sales person with Fickling and Co, Inc as their Land and Timber Specialist. He obtained his broker’s license in 2013, starting his own real estate company - Green Gold Realty, LLC - and is now a licensed broker in several southeastern states. He is a life-time member of the GA Association of Realtors' Million Dollar Club. In addition to his passion for assisting clients with all their rural real estate concerns, Peake also displays his interest in the broader community through his involvement with local and international service organizations, such as Living Water International, Perry Volunteer Organization, and the Rotary Club of Perry, GA, where he currently serves as President. He is the proud father of 6 children and 10 grandchildren.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
P O Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31707
Doug Hall
Doug Hall – Regional Manager - Thomasville, Georgia
Doug started his tenure with F&W Forestry in 1984, working for the company as a forester, field manager and client manager until 2007. Doug then worked for himself for seven years before returning to F&W in 2014 as a branch manager. Doug holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Forest Technology from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and is a Registered Forester and Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with the state of Georgia.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
PO Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31707
Chad Hancock
Chad Hancock – Regional Manager - Albany, Georgia
Chad has been with F&W Forestry since 1995, having previously worked for Pioneer Forest Management. Chad holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Forest Technology from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valdosta State University. In addition to being a Georgia Registered Forester, Chad is a Certified General Real Property Appraiser and Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, both in Georgia.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
PO Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31707
John Latham
John Latham – Real Estate Analyst and Salesperson - Albany, Georgia
John joined F&W in 2012 as an analyst specializing in timberland investment acquisitions, harvest scheduling, discounted cash flow analysis, technical writing, and economic analysis of timber and land markets. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Clemson University, a Master of Forest Resources degree from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia College & State University. John holds the following Georgia licenses: Registered Forester, Real Estate Salesperson, Commercial Pesticide Applicator, and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. Additionally, he is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters. John is a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
P.O. Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31707
Dennis LeBleu
Dennis LeBleu – Regional Real Estate Manager - LaFayette, Alabama
Dennis joined F&W in 1976 and specialized in timber management and rural real estate timber in the Southeastern United States. He has a BS degree in Forest Management from the University of Florida and is the Qualifying Broker for Alabama. He also has a Real Estate Salesperson license in Georgia and is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Georgia. Dennis currently resides in Auburn, Alabama, where his wife teaches at Auburn University. He has two children and one grandchild. He is active in Auburn University events and enjoys Auburn sports as well as hunting and fishing.
15053 US Highway 431 South
PO Box 250
Lafayette, Alabama 36862
Nathan McClure
Nathan McClure – Regional Manger - Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Nathan manages all forestry operations in the western South Carolina region for F&W Forestry Services, Inc. He also has significant work experience performing wood supply studies for the forest industry and bioenergy companies. Nathan is a South Carolina and Georgia Registered Forester, a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester, and a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters. He also holds a South Carolina Real Estate Salesperson license. Nathan has a B.S. in Forest Resource Management from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and has completed a Senior Executive Certificate Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
210 South Main Street
Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644
Wade McDonald
Wade McDonald – Regional Manager - Statesboro, Georgia
Wade has worked for F&W Forestry since 1983. He has been the Branch Manager of the Statesboro office since 1994. Wade holds an Associate of Science Degree in Forestry Technology from Savannah Technical Institute and is a Registered Forester in South Carolina and Georgia. Wade is also a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with the states of Georgia and South Carolina.
11 South Mulberry Street
PO Box 445
Statesboro, Georgia 30459
Russ Weber
Russ Weber – Regional Manager - Gainesville, Florida
Russ became part of F&W after graduation from North Carolina State University in 1977 with a BS in Forestry. He has served in various positions with F&W from a staff and district forester in Albany, Georgia, to his current position since 1988 as the regional manager in Gainesville, Florida. He also serves on F&W’s Board of Directors. Russ holds a Florida real estate broker’s license and is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. He has certifications and registrations from the Society of American Foresters as a Certified Forester and is a Georgia Registered Forester. Membership and participation in various organizations include: the Association of Consulting Foresters, Society of American Foresters, Florida Forestry Association and the Alachua County Land Conservation Board. Russ and his wife live in Gainesville where they enjoy their longleaf pine tree farm, college sports and serving their local church.
4631 Northwest 53rd Avenue
Suite 102
Gainesville, Florida 32653
Burke Walters
Burke Walters – Regional Manager - Albany, Georgia
Burke began with F&W Forestry in 2001 as the Regional Manager in Albany, Ga. In 2016 he retired from forestry management and has continued to serve as the Manager of Real Estate in the south Georgia region. Burke is a 1972 graduate of the University of Georgia, holding a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Forest Resources. In addition, he is a Georgia Registered Forester and is an active member of the Association of Consulting Foresters as well as the Georgia Forestry Association.
1310 West Oakridge Drive
PO Box 3610
Albany, Georgia 31707

Our Expertise + Informed Clients = Success

In meeting our clients’ goals, we identify every component of value – infrastructure, residences, site amenities, income/development potential, conservation opportunity, agricultural aspects and timber value.

We ensure that our clients are well-informed about property valuation; that their property is marketed under the most effective strategies; and that their goals are achieved within the expected timeframe.

From beginning to end, the talented team at Fountains is committed to delivering value each step of the way. Our success is founded on one simple principle: provide superior service and marketing expertise to help landowners achieve their goals in a timely manner.

If you are a landowner who is considering selling your land or rural estate and would benefit from Fountains’ unique expertise, please contact one of our personable, knowledgeable brokers below today to get started!

About F&W Forestry ServicesProven Industry Experts

Fountains Land is a trade name of F&W Forestry Services. F&W is an international forest resource management and consulting firm dedicated to helping landowners and investors gain the most value and enjoyment from their forestland.

F&W clients own their forestland for a wide variety of reasons. Owning a forest provides multiple benefits. It can be an investment, a business, a personal enjoyment, and a legacy for your family. In all cases, we believe that well-managed forests can be economically viable, and that science-based management provides tangible, and valuable results.

Forest ownership is a long-term proposition, but it is also an active one that requires thoughtful management to reach its full potential. At F&W, we are consultants, CPAs and real estate professionals but moreover, we are highly credentialed foresters. Extensive experience in timber markets, dedication to sustainable practice, and a passion for staying abreast of industry trends keeps us on the cutting edge of forest management. It also helps us keep our clients’ investment growing, healthy and productive, long into the future.

We are committed to helping our clients achieve the most from their timberland by offering customized forest investment and management services tailored to their specific needs. We offer expertise to help you acquire, manage and sell timber. More about F&W Forestry Services can be found at www.fwforestry.com.

Tech Leaders

State-of-the-art information systems for mapping, forecasting, and accounting

Professional Staff

More than 100 graduate and advanced-degree foresters, forest finance and data professionals, real estate professionals and technical support staff

Tailored Service

Strategies built specifically for your investment and your goals – whether economic, environmental or recreational

Environmental CommitmentA Truly Renewable Resource

Forestland can be among the greenest of investments. If managed properly by experts such as F&W, investment in this often overlooked category can enhance the environment, from better air and water quality to increased biodiversity. Intelligently managed forestland can also become an ongoing source of renewable resources that boost industries such as housing and alternative fuels.

F&W approaches forestland management holistically, with a stewardship ethic and sustainable practices that help your forestland — and your investment—grow over time. We ensure that our clients’ forestland is managed in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

As more lumber and wood by-product purchasers are requesting certified wood, many landowners are choosing to verify their sustainable forests through forest certification programs. F&W’s foresters guide clients through the complex third-party verification process for programs such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, the Forest Stewardship Council® and the American Tree Farm System®. We were the first consulting firm in the U.S. to be group certified by the American Tree Farm System.