Analysis, Valuation, and Technology Solutions

Division Coordinator

Nick P. Berg

Nick serves as the Division Coordinator at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the Analysis, Valuation, and Technology Solutions Department through project deadline and accountability tracking, supporting project managers, and assisting with project processes. His duties also include facilitating support between departments, reviewing final products and deliverables, department invoice forecasting, reporting, and transmittals. Nick specializes in customer/client service, communication between departments, and developing work-flow processes.

Nick holds a Bachelor's Degree from UW - Eau Claire in Environmental Geography with an emphasis in GIS.

Prior to his current position, Nick was an Assistant Store Leader for a sporting goods retailer and an Assistant Market Manager at a financial institution.

In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking, kayaking, hunting, and traveling.
715.453.3274, ext. 302

Assistant Analyst/Real Estate Specialist

Richard W. Congdon

Rich serves as an Assistant Analyst/Real Estate Specialist at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He has been a part of the forest products and forest consulting industries since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with bachelor’s degrees in Forest Administration and Utilization and Forest Management. Rich is involved with the Analysis and Technology Solutions department and the Appraisal department, where he is responsible for assisting with stumpage valuations, various forest products analysis, processing inventory and stumpage volumes and values, appraisal report writing, vacant land valuations, and property inspections.

Through his career, he has gained extensive forestry experience, specializing in Lake States large-tract timberland management and data analysis. He has a broad skill set and range of knowledge including client relations, contract negotiation and administration, data quality assurance/quality control, design and implementation of timber harvest and inventory programs, assisting with timberland acquisitions and dispositions, third-party certification audits, and heavy equipment operation. Rich is a member of the Society of American Foresters. He has also represented large landowners on forest management committees.
715.453.3274, ext. 340

Vice President - Analysis, Valuation, and Technology Solutions

Forrest M. Gibeault, MF, ACF

Forrest serves as our Analysis and Technology Solutions Director at Steigerwaldt Land Services. In this role, he leads a team that provides a wide range of forest resource and timber industry analysis services to private, industry, and public agency clients. Forrest works in tandem with Steigerwaldt appraisal, real estate, and forest management departments to support consulting efforts. He manages geospatial services at Steigerwaldt, and works to connect clients with GIS solutions that meet their needs, with an eye to enhance and leverage data and processes.

He has extensive experience in designing and implementing varied timber and resource inventories, including detailed data acquisition, analysis, reporting, and modeling using state-of-the art hardware and software applications. He oversees cradle-to-grave services on forest carbon projects including project design, inventory, GIS and analysis, and modeling. With a deep knowledge of Lake States silviculture, particularly northern hardwood management, Forrest specializes in forestland real estate due diligence and investment analysis. He has also worked on analysis, inventory, and modeling assignments on projects located across the country from the northeast through the Adirondacks and Appalachia regions, to the western states, including Alaska.
715.453.3274, ext. 317

Project Manager - Forest Analysis

Claire E. Hillmeyer

Claire has been involved in the natural resources industry since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with a degree in Forestry Ecosystem Restoration and Management. She is responsible for supporting senior staff members with forestry analysis and inventory projects, vacant land appraisal, and project management.

She leads inventory projects both in and out of state with a special focus in quality control and data organization. She has extensive experience in forest and carbon inventories, and project and data management including logistics, plot installation, and client communications. Her forest carbon experience includes implementing detailed inventory protocols, audits, data organization, annual updates, and monitoring services. Claire also has experience drafting written inventory materials, training, North American plant identification, and timber sale setup and administration.

In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking, canoeing the lakes of northern Minnesota, and quilting.
715.453.3274, ext. 338

GIS Specialist

Chad R. Kostner

Chad is responsible for GIS development out of the Hayward office. His duties include the development of GIS maps and data sets using ESRI ArcMap, ESRI ArcGIS Pro, and QGIS. He is the primary developer for cloud-based GIS technologies and programming tasks. Chad specializes in producing custom map products for clients. He is also responsible for the majority of customized software and data development inside Steigerwaldt.

Prior to his current position, Chad was a GIS Specialist at Northwest Regional Planning Commission in Spooner. Chad has worked in the GIS field since 1996.

Chad holds a GIS Technician Associates Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and a Microcomputer Operator Technical Diploma from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

In his free time, Chad enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, and camping. He plays guitar, banjo, and sings in several local bands, as well as solo.
715.699.1401, ext. 206

Staff Forester

Nathan M. Loeffler

Nathan Loeffler serves as a Staff Forester at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for forest inventory, data collection, timber marking, timber sale administration, and forest operations support.

Prior to his current role, Nathan was an LTE Conservation Forester for Compass Land Consultants and worked on a fixed radius plot project similar to carbon plots. He also worked on forest inventory, timber marking, and timber sale preparation work. For his internship, Nathan worked at Stella Jones and selected red pine suitable for telephones.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

In his free time, Nathan enjoys doing all kinds of outdoor recreation such as running, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, camping, and so much more! He also enjoys being with family at the cabin and working on projects.
715.453.3274, ext. 309

Forest Analyst

Martha J. Sebald

Martha supports the Analysis and Technology Solutions department with forestry analysis and inventory projects, stumpage valuations, and forestry data organization.

Prior to her current position, Martha was a graduate research assistant with the Forest Resources Department at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She has experience in the financial services industry as an associate investment analyst for a family office in St. Paul, Minnesota. Martha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College in Economics and a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Resource Management from the University of Minnesota.

In her free time, Martha enjoys canoeing with her dog, biking long distances, woodworking, and taking her old motorcycle out on the trails.
715.453.3274, ext. 312

Forest Analyst

Maryada Shrestha, PhD

Maryada supports the Analysis and Technology Solutions department data analysis, inventory, data processing, modeling, and forest carbon quantification and research. Additional responsibilities include project management, inventory data review and auditing, and assisting with client communications.

Maryada holds a Master of Science (MS) degree focused on Natural Resource Science and Management from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and a PhD from the University of Florida, majoring in Forest Resources and Conservation. She specializes in forest management, quantitative silviculture, dendrochronology, and environmental education, with specific skills in database management, statistical analysis, data visualization and QA/QC.

In her free time, Maryada enjoys spending time with her family, visiting new places, and hiking.
715.453.3274, ext. 301

GIS Specialist

David A. Wenzlick

David is responsible for GIS development out of the Tomahawk office. His duties include developing map and data products for clients, utilizing programs such as ESRI ArcGIS Pro and ESRI ArcMap. David specializes in producing custom map products for clients in a timely fashion. He exemplifies Steigerwaldt’s trademark of ‘Quality work fast, with honesty and integrity.’

Prior to his current position, David worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 5 seasons. David explored multiple opportunities with the WI DNR and gained experience as a Facilities Maintenance worker at Northern Highland American Legion State Forest; a Parks and Recreation Specialist in the Flambeau River State Forest; and a Fisheries Technician, performing creel survey work on the Pike Lake Chain of lakes in Price County, Wisconsin.

David holds a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University. He also obtained an Associates Degree in GIS from Nicolet Area Technical College.

In his free time, David enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping.
715.453.3274, ext. 342