Founded in 1999, Long View has grown steadily from a three person logging crew at its start into a diversified company today with employees working in three distinct areas of the business. Forest management staff provide assessment, planning, and project management services to landowner clients. Woodland services and contracting staff carry out on-the-ground stewardship activities for our clients as well as other foresters and land managers. While all our services are also available stand alone, we believe we do our best work using an integrated approach that leverages the talents, knowledge, and passion of our entire team.
Long View Forest is owned by 13 of its employees and is committed to principles of teamwork, fairness, and risk and reward sharing in all its endeavors. While day to day leadership and decision making duties are widely shared throughout the company, a three person management team and shareholder board of directors are responsible for developing and implementing overall business strategy.
Jack Bell, General Manager and Shareholder
Jack is co-founder of Long View and General Manager of the business. Jack worked in the woods on the logging crews in earlier years and before that built hiking trails in New Hampshire's White Mountains. He earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in 1997. Jack lives in Putney, VT and spends his free time riding bikes, skiing, and hiking with his family.
Laurie Comstock, Office Manager and Shareholder
Laurie joined Long View in 2009 and quickly became integral to the functioning of the business. Her contributions in all areas continue to grow as she ensures a smooth and efficient office work flow. Laurie earned a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maine at Orono in 1987 which she continues to use managing a small herd of cows on her family's farm in Chester, VT.
Jim Hourdequin, Finance Advisor and Shareholder
Jim is co-founder of Long View and advises on general management and matters related to the company's borrowing and investment activities. His full time work is as a Managing Director of the Lyme Timber Company in Hanover, NH whose focus is the acquisition and sustainable management of lands with unique conservation values. Jim earned an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 2005 and a B.A. cum laude in Biology from Dartmouth College in 1998.