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:


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.


2024 Workshops

“Applied Forest Finance” Class

  • Date: March 14, 2024
  • Location: Virtual – Live Zoom Webinar
  • Visit the Applied Forest Finance page to learn more
  • Course Description: This class details the step-by-step financial analysis required to answer key investment and forest management questions. Learn how to identify, value, and rank timber and forestry investments. This one-day course is ideal for forestry consultants and investment analysts, timberland owners and investors, and anyone else who needs to understand the identification, valuation, and ranking of timber-dependent and forest-related investments.

“Timber Market Analysis” Class

  • Date: October 16-17, 2024
  • Location: Two Day Virtual Class – Live Zoom Webinar
  • Visit the Timber Market Analysis page to learn more
  • Course Description: This class details the step-by-step process to understand, track, and analyze the price, demand, supply, and competitive dynamics of local timber markets and wood baskets, including the impacts of new and announced wood bioenergy projects. This course is ideal for current or future forestry consultants and analysts, timberland owners and investors, wood procurement professionals, bioenergy project managers, finance and accounting professionals and attorneys.


Wood Flows & Cash Flows


Forisk’s Annual Research Symposium, Wood Flows & Cash Flows, will return in 2025!

Forisk’s bottom-up understanding of timberland investments and the forest products industry depends on the link between wood flows and cash flows, the theme of our Annual Research Symposium. The (1) steady, localized harvesting and delivery of logs to (2) mills that manufacture the building and paper products demanded by consumers (3) generate the income that justifies, for private owners, replanting trees and managing their forests. In this way, the flows of wood and cash from timber are renewable.

Maximizing returns from timberland assets and wood-using facilities relies on a current, localized understanding of factors driving forest industry economics, markets and technologies. Forisk’s Annual Research Symposium details investment-relevant research and insights for the forest industry. This one-day event includes tangible content that directly applies to strategic plans, market analyses, valuations, and competitive benchmarking.

The Research Symposium details, with case examples, how firms can leverage Forisk research for business and investment decisions. Sessions include live Q&A with Forisk’s researchers, and the event also features a panel of industry executives.


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.