Wildwood Consulting

What Sets Us Apart From The Rest

We belong to the Association of Consulting Foresters, an organization that requires members to follow a strict code of ethics and put the interests of their clients above the interests of timber companies or any other entity.


We have over 40 years of combined experience working for forest landowners in southern Appalachia. Whether you’re a family, an institution, or a large corporate landowner, odds are we’re familiar with the issues you’re dealing with.


We decided long ago that we don’t want to be the biggest consulting forestry firm in the area. We want to be the best. Whoever our clients and whatever their goals, we aim to deliver the best quality service available.


While we always put our clients first, we’ve built good working relationships with land conservancies, timber buyers, loggers and regulators. These relationships allow us access to a broad range of markets, equipment, expertise, and funding sources get good work done.

Ed Hicks

ACF, CF, NCRF 1220


(828) 301-6848

Ed earned a BS in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1973.  He worked for the NC Forest Service early in his career in fire control and forest management in the sand hills and piedmont areas.   He took a job with ITT Rayonier, Inc., a large forest products company, in the north Florida / south Georgia area for 8 years, eventually managing 180,000 acres of timberland.  He left to follow a dream and opened a consulting firm in 1987.  Ten years later he sold his interest in the firm to his two partners and he and his wife moved to Asheville, where Ed opened Wildwood Consulting, LLC in 1999.

Over the years, Ed has been asked to perform a wide variety of tasks for clients, from timber trespass appraisal and expert witness testimony, to managing for butterflies.  His guiding principal has always been to listen to the objectives and goals of his clients and give them sound advice as to how best to reach their goals in a sustainable way.

Richard Sanders

ACF, CF, NCRF 1564


(828) 284-7871

Richard earned a MF from Duke University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in 2002.  From 2002-2007, he managed the Warren Wilson College Forest where he worked with 15 to 25 students to prescribe and implement forest management practices on the ground.  During this time he also began providing forest management services to private landowners on a part-time basis.  He resigned from Warren Wilson College in 2007 to manage a small farm in Yancey County, to spend more time with his family, and to focus more on growing a forestry consulting business.  Since 2010 he has been consulting full time, seeking to provide the best value in forestry services to all types of forestland owners.  Merging businesses with Ed Hicks in 2014 and joining Wildwood Consulting created a partnership that provides a wider array of skills and experiences, and ultimately a higher level of service to clients.