George Barker, RF
Resource Consulting, Inc.
P. O. Box 780603
Tallassee, AL 36078
(334) 324-4914 - Cell
(334) 252-0654 - Fax
George Barker, President of Natural
Resource Technologies, LLC, earned a
B.S. in Forestry from the University of
Florida and a MBA
George Barker, owner of
Natural Resource Consulting in Tallassee, is a
second generation forester and first generation
Alabamian. One of the reasons he
relocated from Florida is the diversity of
Alabama’s forests, which gives him more
opportunities in forest management than the
pine-heavy Florida panhandle.
Earlier in his
career, Barker had an opportunity to expand his
skill base into urban forestry, which opened up
opportunities to work in other parts of the
country and foreign countries. He said these two
things have given him a broader perspective, and
he prides himself on being able to give
outside-the-box solutions to his clients.
“Forestry has changed so much over the past 15
years, which makes one wonder what the next 15
years will hold,” Barker said.
He mentioned mill
consolidation and the rise of TIMOs and REITs as
two of the industry changes that are presenting
new challenges to forest landowners who want to
harvest their timber. For example, what once
would have been considered good,
plantation-grown pine for ply logs might now be
rejected by a mill because it grew too fast and
doesn’t have the required number of growth rings
per inch. “It's not that these changes are bad,"
he said. "But they need to be considered when we
talk about achieving landowner objectives both
in the short term and the long term."
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