Forest Management Company & Land Management Services
About Us

We're In This For You.

At American Forest Management, we’ve been helping landowners like you manage, sell, buy, improve, and enjoy millions of acres of land for over 50 years. We remain keenly focused on our vision of making ownership more rewarding by helping people explore the full potential of their land.

We are humbled by the over 1,200 clients who entrust us to be advisors and stewards of their land. Over 5.7 million acres of it, in fact. This is a great responsibility and we take it personally, but never for granted.

Clients like these have made us the largest land consulting and real estate brokerage firm in the United States. With hundreds of employees in offices across U.S., we’re able to provide our landowners with individualized local services while leveraging the vast technical resources of our national company.

But don’t let our size scare you. We treat all landowners, large or small, with the same level of care and respect. Regardless of size, we’re fully invested in your land with you. In our way of thinking, we’re in this together.

We're In This Together.

We know that our work is all about people and relationships: the relationship between the land and its resident wildlife, the relationship between land utilization and conservation, the relationship between landowner and property, and ultimately, the relationship between American Forest Management and the clients we serve.

Every day, we provide this service with a deep commitment to our core values:


Do the right thing.


Nurture natural resources.


Plant new ideas.


Give our best to our clients and each other.


Treat people the way you want to be treated.


Demonstrate expertise and continuous learning.

Our History

In 1966, Bartow S. Shaw, Jr. formed Bartow Shaw and Associates to provide consulting services for private forestland owners. Nearly 20 years later, Roy Belser and Frank McLeod III purchased stock, and Shaw, McLeod and Belser was born. Over the next 30 years the company expanded through both organic growth and acquisition of esteemed companies and consultants, including the Hurlbutt firm, Canal Forest Resources, Sustainable Forest Technologies (consulting arm of International Paper), and International Forestry Consultants.

This dynamic growth brought us to become the strong company we are today--the company we’re proud to call American Forest Management.



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