Education & Speaking

Forisk educational courses and presentations provide a simple method for accessing Forisk research and increasing the success of your company or organizational event.

Forisk can help you meet and exceed your objectives by providing timely, relevant and custom content specific to your audience related to evaluating, understanding and investing in timber and wood-related markets and industries.

Custom and Executive Education

Forisk offers specialized training and executive education for professionals and investors in timber related assets and wood-using industries. Our value proposition to you:  we teach you to do it yourself so that you can leverage your own experience and insight when making investment and operational decisions. Contact Heather Clark ( to schedule a private workshop or speaking engagement.

Course topics include:

  • Applied Forest Finance;
  • Forecasting Timber Prices;
  • Investing in Timberland and Timber REITs;
  • Timber Market Analysis; and
  • Wood Bioenergy: Market Intelligence and Investment Success Factors


Courses qualify for Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits, Georgia Continuing Logger Education (CLE) credits, and Continuing Education (CE) credits through the Georgia Real Estate Appraiser’s Board.


Upcoming 2018 Continuing Education Events:


“Wood Flows and Cash Flows: Investment Research & Strategic Analysis for the Forest Industry” in Atlanta, GA

Will qualify for 6 hours of continuing education credit for CFE and GA Real Estate/Appraiser CE

  • Date: December 13, 2018; 8:30am – 4:30pm, followed by a Networking Mixer
  • Location: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Course Description: The investment in and management of timberland assets and wood-using facilities rely on a current, localized understanding of factors driving forest industry costs, revenues, capital investment and technologies. Wood Flows & Cash Flows details research and insights for analysis supporting investments in the forest industry. Delivered in an interactive environment, this event includes tangible content that participants can directly apply to strategic plans, market analyses, valuation models, budgeting efforts and investment approaches. The agenda uses a “hybrid” approach with “deep dive” presentations, case study examples, brief research updates and a facilitated panel with external speakers.
  • Click here to view the 2018 “Wood Flows & Cash Flows” course description & agenda.
  • 2018 Executive Panel Topic: Financing Capital Investments in the Forest Products Industry
  • Registration Information:
    • Registration fee includes event attendance, printed materials, breakfast, lunch, snack breaks, and networking mixer.
    • $750 early registration rate (available until Nov. 30th)
    • $850 late registration rate (after Nov. 30th)
    • Registration deadline: December 7th
    • Discount available for FRQ Subscribers. Email Heather Clark ( for the promo code.
    • Click here to download the printable registration form.
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2019 Continuing Education Events:


“Growth Rings: Professional Development and Communication Skills” in Portland, OR

This class will be co-sponsored and hosted by WFCA ahead of the “Mapping the Course” Conference.

  • Date: January 23, 2019
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Course Description: This course is ideal for career development and maximizing the profitability of business activities. We review, discuss and practice key skills for making decisions, communicating with groups and individuals, evaluating information, and setting priorities. You will learn how to: Strengthen decision-making skills as a manager and leader; and communicate more effectively with (1) groups, whether internal or external, and (2) individuals including colleagues, managers, direct reports and contractors.
  • Click here to view the detailed “Growth Rings” course description and agenda.
  • Registration Information: Registration will be handled by the Western Forestry & Conservation Association. Click here to learn more about the class and register.


“Applied Forest Finance” in Atlanta, GA

Will qualify for 6 hours of continuing education credit for CFE (Forestry) and CLE (Logger), and 6 hours of continuing education credit for Georgia Real Estate/Appraiser


Other 2019 Continuing Education event dates to be determined. Stay tuned.


Speaking Engagements


Dr. Brooks Mendell, Ms. Amanda Lang, and Dr. Shawn Baker provide keynote and conference presentations for annual meetings and internal conferences related to wood bioenergy, timberland investment vehicles, forest industry strategy and risk management, and forest operations.