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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 - Northeast Region
Michael began his forestry career in 1987 with New England Forestry Foundation as a forest consultant. In 1989 he joined Fountains America overseeing the company’s northern New England forestry operations as a consulting forester. Prior to the Company joining F&W Forestry Services in 2016, he was President of Fountains America, a leading forestry, land brokerage and GIS firm. During his 31-year tenure with Fountains America he helped the company establish the Fountains Land brokerage division in the early 1990’s. Today his professional focus is serving client marketing of timberland and multiple use properties within northern New England for F&W Forestry Services’ Fountains Land brokerage division. Michael brings to the Fountains Land marketing team property valuation expertise, strategic disposition strategies and creative marketing concepts. He has been responsible for the successful sale of 495,000 acres with property value of +/-$400 million on some 375 transactions. 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, and licensed forester in Vermont. In his free time, Michael spends time outdoors skiing and hiking and has a bonsai farm from trees collected in the wild.
79 River Street Suite 301
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
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
Thom Milke
Thom Milke – VT Real Estate Sales Agent
Thom has over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing, from advertising and consulting, to retail, hospitality and e-commerce. As the founder and managing director of Hummingbird Creative, Thom developed brand strategies and integrated marketing campaigns for small business, nonprofit and higher education clients, including serving as agency of record for the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. and Northland Forest Products for over 15 years. An avid outdoorsman, Thom is a licensed Vermont Real Estate Salesperson and brings a marketer’s strategic instinct and creative eye to the Fountains Land real estate team.
79 River Street Suite 301
Montpelier, VT 05602
Stuart Bevin
Stuart Bevin – NH Real Estate Salesperson
Stuart has been working as a forester in Northern New England for over 22 years. With extensive experience in wood procurement and on the ground forest management, Stuart brings a solid understanding of timber value and market trends to Fountains Land. As the founder of Stillwater Forestry LLC, he has worked the last 12 years managing client’s lands throughout NH & VT. Stuart has also had significant success , buying and selling land on his own. This experience has given him a unique perspective about the land owning process from the sides of both the buyer and the seller. An avid deer hunter, Stuart is a fully licensed forester in NH, VT & ME and is a licensed real estate sales agent in NH.
79 River Street Suite 301
Montpelier, VT 05602
Thomas Gilman
Thomas Gilman – Regional Manager
Tom joined F&W Forestry Services as a regional manager in 2017, previously working as a forester for Fountains Forestry since 1997 in the Adirondack region of New York. He has a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology and Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Tom is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester and has held a real estate salesperson license in NY since 1999. He lives with his wife and two children in Tupper Lake where they enjoy all the outdoor pursuits the region offers.
80 Park Street, Suite 4
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Appalachia
VA, WV, TN
Rick Sluss
Rick Sluss – TN Real Estate Salesperson
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
Glen Worrell
Glen Worrell – VA Real Estate Broker
Glen Worrell has been with F&W Forestry Services, Inc. since June of 1996. His educational background includes a MS 1997 and BS 1992 in forestry from Virginia Tech. Glen is a Registered Forester in North Carolina and West Virginia, Licensed Forester in Maryland, a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, and a member of the Virginia Forestry Association. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Virginia. Glen lives in Staunton with his wife and son.
404 8th Street NE Suite C
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Southeast
GA, SC, AL, FL, NC, TX, AR, MS
Jody Strickland
Jody Strickland – Chief Business Officer and Qualifying Broker
Jody Strickland is the Executive Vice-President of Operations and Real Estate for F&W Forestry Services. She provides timberland acquisition and sales services to clients throughout F&W’s U.S. and international service areas, and is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas. 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
Rob Routhier
Rob Routhier – Principle Broker - Southeast Region
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 in 1982. He is currently an Executive Vice President and oversees the Southern Real Estate division. 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
T.R. Clark
T.R. Clark – AL Real Estate Salesperson
T.R. joined F&W Forestry Services 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 – GA & NC Real Estate Broker
George Peake joined F&W Forestry Services 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 – GA Real Estate Salesperson
Doug started his tenure with F&W Forestry Services 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 – GA Real Estate Salesperson
Chad has been with F&W Forestry Services 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 – GA Real Estate Salesperson
John joined F&W Forestry Services 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 – AL Real Estate Broker
Dennis joined F&W Forestry Services 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 – SC Real Estate Salesperson
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 – GA Real Estate Salesperson
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 – FL Real Estate Broker
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.
1950 Miller St.
Suite 5
Orange Park, Florida 32073
Chris Bartley
Chris Bartley – TX Real Estate Salesperson
Chris joined F&W Forestry Services in 2011 as a field forester. He now serves as the Regional Manager in Texas, specializing in forest management for TIMOs, private landowner consulting, and timberland brokerage. Prior to joining F&W, Chris worked for the Texas Forest Service in forest inventory and forest pest management. He has also worked for the California Waterfowl Association conducting body condition studies on wintering waterfowl and banding ducks for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has a BS in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. He is a member of the Texas Forestry Association and Houston Association of Realtors. Chris is a Texas Accredited Forester and a Land Certification Program Inspector for the National Deer Association (Formerly QDMA). He is active in the community, donating his time to many U.S. Veteran benefits centered around getting veterans with disabilities into the outdoors. Chris lives with his wife in Montgomery, Texas where they enjoy hunting and fishing together along with many other outdoor activities.
1204 Sam Houston Ave.
Suite 8
Huntsville, TX 77340
Nathan Fountain – Regional Manager
Nathan started his career with F&W Forestry Services in 2000. After working in various positions and regions within F&W, he is now Regional Manager in middle Georgia based out of Eatonton. Nathan graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS degree in Forestry. He is also a Registered Forester and Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with the State of Georgia.

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.