From vast tracts of forestland and lakes to individual trees, our team of knowledgeable appraisers is trained in all aspects of natural resource valuation. We maintain a comprehensive database of market research so that clients can be assured that their appraisals are based on the most complete information available.
Collaborating with our GIS specialists, we supplement our appraisals with detailed, precise maps. We stay on top of the fluctuating conditions of a dynamic industry, giving our clients products that we stand by.
Our clients include energy, utility, and transportation companies; nonprofit organizations; private individuals; forest product industries; and federal, state, county, and tribal governments. We work on projects of all sizes, in the Midwest and beyond.
Real Estate Appraisal
We specialize in appraising forest and recreational properties, completing hundreds of “yellow book” appraisals for land acquisitions. Our appraisers are also skilled in valuing resorts, marinas, commercial, industrial, agricultural, development, and residential properties.
Eminent Domain Appraisal
From transportation to energy projects, we offer a full range of appraisal services for land acquisition. Our appraisers are well versed in the legal issues of eminent domain and the requirements of “yellow book” appraisals. We tailor appraisals to the specific report formats required.
Expert Witness Testimony
Our appraisers, foresters, and arborists serve as expert witnesses in court cases involving a variety of land and tree valuation issues. We are experienced in working with legal counsel, preparing and analyzing data, and providing written and oral testimony regarding our work and expertise.
Tree Damage Appraisal
Our foresters and appraisers will value your timber, forestland, or Christmas tree plantation when it is damaged from human trespass or acts of nature, such as forest fire, frost, and flooding.
Individual Tree Appraisal
We take an approach to tree appraisal that gives clients a well-grounded, realistic picture of a tree’s worth. With an ISA-certified arborist on staff, we are a trusted source for valuations of landscape trees and ornamental trees, and for estimating loss of value due to damage.
We help clients determine whether the appraisals they have received from other providers contain supportable value opinions and conform to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Conservation Easement Appraisal
A conservation easement offers financial benefits to landowners who wish to restrict development on their property, while enabling governmental agencies and land trusts to preserve exceptional forest, wetland, and wildlife areas for generations to come.
Christmas Tree Appraisal
The valuation of Christmas trees requires an understanding of the cost, risk, cultural, and management aspects of tree production and a willingness to investigate market demand and supply dynamics. Incorrect and unsupported values can lead to significant errors, causing landowners and investors to be saddled with the repercussions for decades.
Decades of Experience. A History of Results.
In 1957, Ed Steigerwaldt Sr. established a forestry and real estate consulting business with a goal of offering superior land management services. Over several decades that vision has been upheld and expanded by an exceptional staff of foresters, appraisers, GIS specialists, and real estate professionals with unsurpassed dedication to professional excellence and client satisfaction. While the business has grown and changed, our trademark hasn’t: Quality work fast, with honesty and integrity.