Charlie Houder, Florida Water Management District Veteran and Forester Joins SVN | Saunders Real Estate Forestry Group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, FL – July 8, 2014 – CHARLES H. HOUDER, III, CF, long-time director of land acquisition and management for the Suwannee River Water Management District in Live Oak, Florida joins the SVN | Saunders Real Estate | Forestry Group.

For 28 years, Houder worked with natural resource assessment and land management with Suwannee River Water Management District in Live Oak, Florida and the St. Johns River Water Management District in Palatka, Florida, for a total of 38 years that includes prior work in the private sector.

He brings to the SVNSRE Forestry Group clients a strong public and private sector experience with Florida land and conservation. In addition, Houder will be offering forestry and natural resource management expertise to private and public forest landownership through the services of Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc. (NRPS).

Lynetta Griner, president of the Florida Forestry Association says of Houder, “Charlie has helped introduce the concept of working Conservation Easements to landowners in North Central Florida. Working for a public agency, he has the unique experience in balancing the restoration and protection needs of the resource against the public’s right to access and recreational use.

Houder’s addition to the company cements the firm’s place in the industry as an authority on Florida land, conservation, and timber.

Teamed with both Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc., offering his forestry and natural resource management expertise to private and public forest landownership, and now Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, broker and owner of SVNSRE, Houder becomes the ninth forester to work within the SVNSRE Forestry Group network.

Houder’s desire to continue influencing the appropriate stewardship and productive use of Florida’s forestland continues through his association with both companies.

Saunders, a respected expert on land and conservation, is a former Florida legislator who created groundbreaking legislation on conservation and property rights.

Houder is a Certified Forester and received a BS in Forestry from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, where he has served in a variety leadership roles over the years. From 2002 until present, Houder serves on the advisory board of the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation and was recognized as “Outstanding Alumnus” in 2006.

Houder lives in Gainesville, Florida and will work out of the Gainesville office.

About SVN | Saunders Real Estate

SVN | Saunders Real Estate is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land, transacting over $1 billion in sales from 1996 through 2013. Expanded in 2013 adding the SVN Saunders Real Estate | Forestry Group with advanced timberland expertise, the Saunders team of foresters and land real estate professionals offers advisory and transactional services through the home office in Lakeland, FL and its network of SVN affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide.

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