American Forest Management Services: Wildlife Management
American Forest Management provides wildlife-related services to a variety of clients including small and large landowners, timber companies, hunting clubs, government agencies and conservation groups.
AFM provides a variety of wildlife services including:
Wildlife Management Plans
Stewardship Management Plans
Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
Non-game Species Habitat Enhancement
Threatened and Endangered Species Consulting
Wildlife Population Surveys
Recreational Lease Management
Food Plot Installation
Deer Harvest Data Analysis
GIS Mapping and GPS Services
AFM has over 2 million acres under recreational management throughout the Northeast, South and Pacific Northwest Regions of the US.
AFM’s Wildlife Team
We have a staff of highly qualified biologists and support personnel with the knowledge and experience to manage timberlands to meet your wildlife objectives. AFM's professional Wildlife Staff and Forest and Land Management Team are:
Registered, licensed or otherwise qualified to practice forestry and/or wildlife management in their respective states.
Supported by an able and experienced group of forest technicians, forest management specialists and the best technology available.
Rick Larkin, Manager, Wildlife and Environmental Services
Rick Larkin brings over 23 years experience to his role as Manager, Wildlife and Environmental Services. Rick is responsible for oversight of Wildlife Management, Environmental Management System (EMS) Implementation, Conservation Easement Evaluation and Development, Phase I Evaluations, Wetlands Delineation, Mitigation Bank Development and Management, Endangered Species Identification and Monitoring, and Carbon Verification.
Rick’s experience includes various positions with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Willamette Industries and Weyerhaeuser Company.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Master of Science in Forestry from Clemson University. Rick is a Certified Wildlife Biologist.
Matt Taylor, Wildlife Biologist
Matt Taylor is responsible for managing AFM’s wildlife management program in the Gulf region of the US including over 300,000 acres in Texas and Arkansas. His experience includes over 14 years of experience working as a forester and wildlife biologist, for municipal agencies and private industry. Prior to joining AFM, Matt was the Parks Superintendent and Parks Supervisor for the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Texas (CATW). Matt began his career as a Wildlife Biologist for Eason Lake Hunting Club in Hudson, Texas and a Forest/Wildlife Technician for Temple Inland Forest Products Corporation at Boggy Slough Wildlife Management Area in Apple Springs, Texas. His duties included collection of wildlife and botanical data, collection of radio telemetry data for Eastern Wild Turkey study, collection of remote camera data for Whitetail deer study, aging of various wildlife, management of supplemental feeding and food plots for deer, turkey and quail, and Endangered Species Management for Red Cockaded Woodpeckers.
Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin University and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and member of The Wildlife Society, is currently on the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pineywoods Chapter and in the East Texas Black Bear Task Force.
Shane Fuller, Wildlife Biologist
Shane Fuller has over 23 years’ experience in the wildlife biology field. His focus with AFM is on clients’ hunting lease programs by working directly with them to evaluate and enhance their existing programs. Shane also focuses on writing and implementing wildlife and habitat management plans for AFM’s clients as well as working on various other conservation and wildlife related projects.
Prior to joining AFM, Shane started his career at Tall Timbers Research Station at Tallahassee, FL, as a Research Technician working mainly in the Game Bird/Wildlife Management section. After leaving Tall Timbers, he went to work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). While at FWC, he served as an Area Manager on the Chassawitzka WMA near Brookfield, FL; Statewide Assistant Turkey Biologist; and Statewide Small Game Coordinator. After leaving the FWC, he worked for The St. Joe Company in various capacities for 14 years. Shane has implemented and assisted with numerous land management projects, mitigation projects and ran St. Joe’s hunting lease and prescribed burn program for several years. In addition, he assisted in conducting land management and restoration activities at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Mitigation Area and mitigation and conservation areas in Bay, Gulf, Leon, Franklin and Walton Counties, Florida.
He earned his B.S. from the University of Missouri and his M.S. from Mississippi State University. Shane is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent and Certified Prescribed Burner.
Our foresters, working with AFM's Biologists, have the capability to incorporate intensive and extensive pine and hardwood management strategies, wildlife habitat requirements, biodiversity considerations, soil and water quality conservation, aesthetic concerns and all other aspects of forest and land management into one comprehensive plan. This plan then serves as a flexible guide to assist the owner in reaching the management objectives for the property and is regularly updated.
An AFM Agreement to provide Wildlife Management Services can include some or all of the following activities:
Target Wildlife Species
The first step of the wildlife management planning process is identifying which primary wildlife species the landowner is interested in;
Management recommendations will be based on the wildlife species the landowner is targeting
Species commonly include game species such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, doves, rabbits or squirrels, but may also include non-game species such as migratory songbirds or rare, threatened or endangered species.
A detailed assessment of the current habitat conditions on your property, based on the wildlife species of primary interest
Identification of population levels, limiting factors, and key habitat elements to be created, retained or enhanced
Development of a detailed, site specific, habitat management plan based on the landowner's management objectives and the wildlife species of primary interest,
Recommendations to enhance specific wildlife habitat elements on your property,
Integration of habitat management plans into existing timber harvest schedules or new, detailed timber management recommendations