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


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Charlie Houder

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 Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) | 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 CBCSRE 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 land ownership 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 CBCSRE, Houder becomes the ninth forester to work within the CBCSRE 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 of leadership roles over the years. From 2002 until the 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 Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land and conservation easements, transacting over $1 billion in sales from 1996 through 2013. Offering land, forestry, and conservation easement real estate services through CBC Saunders Real Estate and the CBC Saunders Real Estate |Forestry Group, the Saunders team of land professionals and foresters offers advisory and transactional services through the home office in Lakeland, FL, the North Florida office in High Springs, FL, and its network of Coldwell Banker Commercial affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRE and our commercial real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty.