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
  • Timber & Wood Market Analysis
  • Case Studies in Timberland Investing & Forest Industry Capital Investment
  • Growth Rings: Learn, Think, Communicate


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.


2019 Forisk Annual Conference: Wood Flows & Cash Flows

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

Come to Forisk’s annual conference, Wood Flows & Cash Flows, on December 5th in Atlanta, where the entire Forisk team will share investment research and strategic analysis for the forest industry, sector by sector. The conference also features a panel of industry executives and concludes with a networking mixer.


Register now to get the discounted early registration rate and save $100! Price goes up after November 21st!  Registration fee includes networking mixer. The deadline to join Forisk’s hotel room block is November 4th. Event attendance will be capped at 100, so don’t delay!


  • Date: December 5, 2019; 8:30am – 4:30pm, followed by a Networking Mixer
  • Location: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Conference 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 industry executives.
  • View the 2019 Conference agenda and event description.
  • Hotel room block and special rate available at the Georgia Tech Hotel. The deadline to join the room block is November 4th.
  • 2019 Executive Panel: “Threats and Risks to the Sustainability of the Forest Products Industry.” Panelists include:
    • Sean McLaren, West Fraser
    • Marc Walley, Forest Investment Associates
    • Kristin Watts, Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Registration Information:
    • Registration fee includes event attendance, printed materials, breakfast, lunch, snack breaks, and networking mixer.
    • $750 early registration rate (available until Nov. 21st)
    • $850 late registration rate (after Nov. 21st)
    • Registration deadline: November 29th
    • 10% Discount available for FRQ Subscribers. Email for the promo code.
    • Click here to download the printable registration form.
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Upcoming 2020 Continuing Education Events:

“Applied Forest Finance” in Atlanta, GA

Qualifies 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

      • Date: March 19, 2020
      • Location: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA
      • 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.
      • Course Agenda: Click here to view the agenda for the 2019 Applied Forest Finance class


“Timber Market Analysis” in Atlanta, GA

Qualifies for 8 hours of continuing education credit for CFE (Forestry) and CLE (Logger), and 7 hours of continuing education credit for Georgia Real Estate/Appraiser

      • Date: June 24, 2020
      • Location: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA
      • 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 one-day 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.
      • Course Agenda: Click here to view the detailed agenda for the 2019 Timber Market Analysis course.


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.