Bret Vicary honored with 2020 President’s Award from the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc.

Bret Vicary, PhD, MAI, ACF, President/CEO, Sewall Forestry & Natural Resource Consulting LLC, was honored with the President’s Award from the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) during the national association’s Annual Business Meeting. ACF members are independent professionals who provide professional consulting services to forest owners and other clients across the U.S. and around the world.

“For his demonstrated professional excellence in helping to bring professional tree appraisal practices up to the standards of acceptable practices, and publishing the 10th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal, I am pleased to honor Bret with ACF’s 2020 President’s Award,” said Michael R. Wetzel, ACF, Principal, Ecce Silva, LLC, Aiken, SC. “Bret has demonstrated exceptional perseverance revising the Guide for Plant Appraisal, and representing ACF on the Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers.”

Dr. Vicary manages Sewall’s Forestry & Natural Resource Consulting group, serving private, public, and institutional clients throughout North America, Central and South America, Australasia, Europe, and Africa. He has 40 years’ experience, specializing in forest appraisal, investment analysis, management, economics, and litigation.  He has authored articles and seminars on forest valuation, acquisition due diligence, risk analysis, forest inventory, and investment analysis.

“Volunteering with ACF has been a great way to give back to a profession that has given me so much,” said Dr. Vicary. “I’m honored and humbled. I could not have done this without the support of my ACF colleagues, and feel like I share the award with everybody who has been there to support CTLA along the way.”

In addition to his work with Sewall, Dr. Vicary is principal author of the NCREIF Timberland Committee’s Best Appraisal Practices, and a Faculty Associate at the University of Maine where he received his PhD in Forest Economics and MBA. He is a frequent speaker at timber investment conferences around the world.

“Bret has dedicated so much of his professional life to forestry, consulting foresters and ACF,”said Shannon McCabe, CAE, Executive Director, ACF. “This is a well-deserved award.”

ACF members help landowners enhance property values, increase the value of timber, produce a more sustainable timber harvest, enhance wildlife habitat, and establish and protect a family’s forest legacy. Because of their vital role in the supply chain, ACF members have been deemed essential workers during COVID-19.

As a condition of membership, every consulting forester must have minimum education and experience levels, complete the Practice of Consulting Forestry course, and most importantly, agree to adhere to the organization’s stringent Code of Ethics.

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