Richard Cole Updated:01/2021

Richard has 20 years experience with Burns Forestry, as well as 16 years experience in industrial forestry with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1980 from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He is a Life Member and former Board of Directors member for the Texas Forestry Association and has served as chairman of the American Tree Farm System for the state of Texas.  Richard's interest in outdoor pursuits goes beyond the office, particularly in foraging, medicinal plants and Texas history.


  • 1980 - Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
  • 1980 - 1987. Forester, Burns Forestry. Supervised timber sales, harvesting contract compliance, and timber appraisal.  Trained new forestry employees and supervised management service crew (tree planting, TSI boundary line work, timber marketing, etc.)
  • 1987-2003. Assistant District Forester (Crockett District), Management Forester (Lufkin District), and District Forester (Crockett District, Ace District), Louisiana - Pacific. Corporation.  Most recent job assignment included management of 55,000 acres of industrial forest land in four counties and 12,000 acres of private land in the Landowner Assistance program, implementation of compliance procedures for sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) certification of corporate lands, and GIS database construction.
  • 2003 - present. Senior Forester, Burns Forestry Management of all forestry activities, including timber sales and appraisals, landowner assistance, GIS, litigation, timber taxation, and timber management plans.

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Senior Forester
Burns Forestry
310 North Fifth Street
P.O. Box 1227
Crockett, TX  75835
Phone: 936-544-3622
Fax: 936-544-7415

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