Season 6 | Forestry Consultants | Episode 7

#92 | Field work is easy, but dealing with people Is hard

December 26, 2018 | David Henderson, ACF

David Henderson, ACF, is the owner of Henderson Forestry Consultants, and he has been a consulting forester serving landowners in the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia area for 35 years. A Registered Forester in both North and South Carolina, David says humbly that it took him a good eight years to get the hang of owning his own business and 20 years to get a good handle on consulting! He earned a degree in Forestry from N.C. State University and a Certificate in GIS from Montgomery Community College, and he has been deeply active in the American Tree Farm System, the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and the North and South Carolina Forestry Associations. David was recently awarded Forester of the Year by the NC chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters. In this episode, you will hear a great deal of David’s wisdom and advice about consulting, owning a business, and what he wishes he’d learned sooner. Listen now and share this episode with others today.

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:40] A quick intro about David’s background.

[3:05] How did David get into forestry?

[5:40] What was David’s first job like?

[9:25] How did David become a forestry consultant?

[11:30] It took David eight years to get his business off the ground and another 20 years before he felt like he was a fully ready consultant.

[13:10] What does David wish he had learned sooner?

[17:10] What does David’s team look like today?

[19:45] Working with new technology is a struggle for veteran foresters, which is why it’s important to bring new and young talent into the mix.

[23:40] What is David most proud of so far?

[27:05] What does David wish he’d learned sooner in his career?

[29:00] David offers some words of wisdom for young foresters looking to excel in their careers.

[30:40] David dives into ACF and how they’ve helped him in his career.

[33:30] Where does David think the forestry profession is headed?

[38:25] What kinds of mentors has David had over the years?

Mentioned in This Episode:

David’s Website: www.HFCforestry.com
ACF’s Website: www.ACF-foresters.org
SAF’s Website: www.Eforester.org
Recommended Reading: American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, by Eric Rutkow


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