John Holzaepfel, ACF, CF, CA

Advisor | Forestry Group

(352) 505-9346

John Holzaepfel, AFC, CF, CA is an Advisor at SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate in Lakeland, Florida.

He is a consulting forester and principal of Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc., a forestry consulting firm operating in Florida and the Southeastern US.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida. John is a Certified Forester (SAF), Certified Arborist (ISA), Florida Certified Burn Manger (FFS), an American Tree Farm Inspector, and holds a Certificate in Natural Areas Management (TNC-UF).

Serving in a variety of top office positions for industry/professional organizations, his memberships include the Society of American Foresters, where he served as the 2001 Florida SAF Chair, the 2016 Southeastern SAF Chair, member of the national SAF House Society of Delegates in 2015 & 2016, and Chair of the SESAF Regional Leadership Academy in 2017. John is also Past President of the Florida Urban Forestry Council, Past Chair of the Florida Association of Consulting Foresters, Trustee on the Practicing Forester Institute Trust, and a Commissioner of Agriculture appointed member of the Florida Forestry Council.

John serves on University of Florida advisory committees including the School of Forest Resources & Conservation Advisory Board, the Florida Forestry Association where he serves on the Board of Directors. Memberships also include the International Society of Arboriculture, the Forest Landowners Association, the Florida Invasive Pest Plant Council, the Forest History Society, and the Florida Chapter of the American Water Resource Association.

John lives in Floral City, Florida with his wife and they have three grown sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandkids.


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2015 - SAF Fellow by the Society of American Foresters
2003 - Florida SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award for Outstanding Contributions to Forestry by the Society of American Foresters