Local Certified Forester Elected Chairperson of SESAF’s Florida Chapter

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Jib Davidson, Certified Forester, is Helping North Florida Environment Grow!

Jib Davidson is a busy man. He is the president and Certified Forester for Columbia Timber Company, the president and Broker for United Country Land & Lifestyle Properties and he is one of four national subject matter experts on timberland for over 700 United Country offices nationwide. Last week he was elected chair of the Florida Society of American Foresters.

As a Certified Forester, Davidson’s number one priority is to find appropriate timber and farmland investments for a variety of individual needs that incorporate a sustainable and environmental quality in land management recommendations to land owners. As an advocate for the land owner and the environment, a Certified Forester’s responsibilities include helping land owners define their personal goals and objectives for the land, identify appropriate government financial incentive programs, ensure Best Management Practices (BMPs) are followed, attract diverse and abundant wildlife if requested, improve water quality, help land owners potentially save or make money and many other land management responsibilities.

The Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) is one of 33 multi-state/state professional forestry societies that make up the national body known as the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SESAF is composed of professional foresters and forest technicians from the three state region of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The SAF’s objective, since 1900, has been to improve the health and productivity of America’s Forests. The SAF provides opportunities to share information and networking to assist its nearly 18,000 members.

“As a Certified Forester, since the program started 23 years ago, I have enjoyed helping North Florida’s environment flourish,” said Davidson. “It is an honor to help land owners achieve their goals and help their properties last through future generations.”

Davidson moved to the Gainesville area in 1974 to attend the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where he earned his forest management degree. A few years later he earned a Finance and Real Estate degree from UF’s Warrington College of Business. Davidson, and his wife Teresa, still enjoy calling Gainesville home where they have raised two sons. Davidson and his wife are avid sailors and Davidson is an active member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Gainesville. If you would like to learn more about timber investments, environmental issues and property values visit www.ColumbiaTimber.com and www.UCLandAndLifestyle.com.

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