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Darrell A. Gates, RF, ACF
C. V. Forestry Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 307
Clayton, AL 36016
(334) 775-8345
(334) 381-6216 - Cell
(334) 775-8342 - Fax
Email: cvforestry@bellsouth.net
 

Biography

Darrell A. Gates is a Registered Forester (RF), an Alabama Certified Forester (ACF), and... Read more

PROFILE

Darrell Gates of Chattahoochee Valley Forestry Services, Inc., in Clayton, Alabama, said one of his most important principles is to give his clients the level of service he would want. When he first started consulting, this meant offering proposals centered on what he thought was best for their land rather than first learning the client’s objectives.

He laughed about a project he completed many years ago. He proudly took his client out to see his recently thinned tract, and the client responded, “What are we gonna do here, plant cotton?” Where Gates saw well-thinned trees, his client saw empty space. Now, he says listening comes first: “I always tell my men you can’t learn anything when you’re talking.”

Gates worked first in industry and struck out on his own in 1980. Thirty-five plus years later, his full-service consultancy includes two other full-time registered foresters, a forest technician, and an office manager. “We also have ArcMap, GPS units, data recorders, and database management,” he said. “It improves productivity, but is also something that distinguishes us from our competition.” Although he was a reluctant convert to computers in the beginning, Gates makes an effort to stay on top of technology. “The forest industry has been good to me, and I look forward to many more years of service,” he said.


Seeking clients in these counties:
Barbour
Bullock
Coffee                                                                                 
Dale
Henry
Pike
Russell

Link# 9694
Acct# 0057