Southern Maine Forestry


Dedication. Experience. Diligence.



Southern Maine Forestry Services was founded in 1981 by Rene Noel, Jr., a licensed professional forester, to meet the growing need for comprehensive land and woodlot management.


The company's primary objectives and guiding philosophy are centered on the desire to assist each of its clients in achieving their own individual goals. Southern Maine Forestry Services is unique in that it provides such a broad range of forestry services, all available through a single resource.


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Skilled forest management practices result in a host of direct benefits to landowner, logger, consumer, community, wildlife, and our forests - a renewable resource.

Good forest management is time-consuming, complex and requires a high level of technical expertise to achive optimum results, short-range and longer term.




Licensed forester

Rene Noel, Jr. ACF

Maine Licensed Forester # 325
Maine Licensed Real Estate Appraiser # 475


1973 Bachelors of Science, UMO, School of Forestry

During college had a business with a fellow student to provide forestry management services to landowners. These services included pre-commercial weeding and thinning, tree pruning, tree planting, herbicide application, boundary line maintenance and other technical work folks were willing to pay us to perform.

After graduating worked for the US Forest Service as a forest technician based in the Black Hills. Following that returned east to Long Island, NY and managed a landscape nursery specializing in producing azaleas, rhododendrons and hemlock for a year.

Returned to Maine in 1976 and worked as a district forester with the Maine Forest Service until 1981 when transferred to Bureau of Public Lands. Missed working with forest owners. Left government employment and started in private practice as a consulting forester in late fall of 1981. Since then SMFS Inc. (aka Southern Maine Forestry Services) has grown to employ 5 foresters who manage about 100,000 acres for around 800 clients.  




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Licensed forester

Erik Grove

Maine Licensed Forester #3273
New Hampshire Licensed Forester #292
Master Pesticide Applicator Maine & New Hampshire


1989  Associates of Forest Technology, Thompson School of Applied Science, University of New Hampshire

1992 Bachelor of Science, Forest Management, University of New Hampshire 





Licensed forester

Chip Love

Maine Licensed Forester #3293
NRCS TSP # 12-8489
Maine Forest Service Stewardship Forester Qualified
Tree Farm Inspector #18159
Commercial Pesticide Operator - COA46107/2


Honorably discharged from the Navy in the fall of 1994. Graduated from Paul Smiths College in 1996 with an associate degree in Forest Technology. Transferred to the University of Maine and graduated with a bachelors degree in Forest Management in the fall of 1998. Started with Southern Maine Forestry in May of 1999. Became licensed in 2001 specializing in working with private landowners, municipalities, water districts, land trusts and contract cruising. Supervised all manor of harvesting operations, expert witness, Tree Growth Tax plans, depletion accounts, GIS/GPS mapping, bid sales, timber inventory and boundary line location.





Licensed Forester

Nick McDougal

Maine Licensed Forester #3928


Began as a forestry major at the University of Vermont in 2010, and graduated in December of 2013 with a B.S. in Forestry, with a concentration in geospatial technologies. In the spring of 2014, moved from Vermont to Maine to begin work at Southern Maine Forestry Services.






Aiden Heikkinen

Maine Intern Forester


Began college career at the University of Maine September of 2015. Dual majoring in forestry and survey engineering technology. Hired part time by Southern Maine Forestry in December of 2015. During school breaks and vacations worked along-side Southern Maine Forestry’s senior foresters gaining the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a forester. Graduated with a bachelors degree in both attempted majors in May of 2019. Hired full time by Southern Maine Forestry in May of 2019.