Bird Forestry’s Senior Vice President Mark Brian is a 1978 graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in forestry with a major emphasis in forest management and minor emphasis in communications. He began his career assisting private forest landowners with the state of Mississippi before returning to Texas and entering the consulting field in 1980 and starting his own consulting business in 1983.
In 1996, Mark merged his business with Bird Forestry. Bird Forestry’s integration into Advanced Ecology (AEL) in 2005 provided Mark the opportunity to work with the AEL team where he acquired insight into environmental studies, wetland delineations, recreational value enhancements, and native grassland management. His training and expertise since have included evaluation and implementation of conservation easements on private lands.
Following many years of involvement in a myriad of projects such as due diligence evaluations of real estate acquisitions, land resource inventories, and investment feasibility studies, Mark earned a Texas Real Estate license in 2018 broadening his scope of expertise in serving landowners.
Mark brings to Bird Forestry, four decades of assessing, managing and evaluating forest land on a wide variety of landscapes, plus the ability to rapidly assess ecological, economic and recreational aspects, offering an invaluable resource to both buyers and sellers.
Just a few of his many continuing education credits are in the field of prescribed burning, timberland tax and tax evaluation, problem-solving in forest finance, the Texas Agricultural and Natural Resources Summit Conference, and forest profitability.
Mark has been a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. since 1986 where he was active in the state chapter and served on the executive committee as Gulf Director on the national level. He has been a member of the Texas Forestry Association since 1980 and served on numerous committees, the board of directors, and received an Award of Merit from the Texas Tree Farm Committee.
Mark is a resident of Nacogdoches. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of three children and have been blessed with five grandchildren.
When not working to help landowners achieve their forestland goals, Mark, an Eagle Scout himself, enjoys scouting activities with one of his grandsons.