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Compass Land Consultants was founded by dedicated natural resource professionals.



Compass Land Consultants was founded by dedicated natural resource professionals who share the common vision of integrity across all company divisions: timberland management, appraisal services, and real estate brokerage.

With current land management contracts at a half-million acres, we are engineering the advancement of our expertise further into the Lake States in the TIMO/REIT sector. We are also committed to expanding our NIPFLO management responsibilities, which is an important complementary enterprise for the company. We challenge ourselves to seek out professional memberships and alliances to further these goals.

In the appraisal services world, we will continue to provide our team of five Certified General Appraisers with valuation assignments brought to Compass by both referrals and inquiry. Appraisers and trainees continue to seek higher education and expanded core competencies, and are members of IRWA, AI, ASFMRA, MAT, and ARA. We look forward to launching our in-house, customized appraisal software in 2018.

As we continue to develop and expand our unique collection of land and water real estate offerings, Compass will extend its marketing radius, capturing a wider audience appeal across social media platforms and targeted channels with the goal of marketing more of these exceptional properties.

As Compass Land Consultants continues to grow, we dedicate ourselves to its evolution so it can continue in perpetuity. We will strive to educate, reward, and foster employee development, and to create a work environment where employees are part of our growth and success.

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Todd Bishop is CLC’s resident GIS and technical services expert. Todd learned his trade while working in the pulp and paper industry for Mead and for International Paper. He has a depth of experience not frequently seen in the consulting service sector. Todd’s responsibilities are numerous, and he is frequently involved in projects supporting the data and technology needs CLC’s institutional clients, in acquisition/disposition services, and in inventory projects of varying scope, scale, and purpose.

Chris Fink is CLC’s forestry operations manager. Chris currently oversees all aspects of land management on 208,000 acres of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) timberland in the Upper Peninsula. His twenty-five years of experience with timber inventory, timber sale administration, and general land management issues make him ideally suited for this position as he has dedicated his career to the sound, responsible management of the timber resource.

Jon Fosgitt has been a private consulting forester in the Upper Peninsula since 2000.  During his time with CLC, Jon’s primary focus has been working with CLC’s TIMO clients and The Nature Conservancy on a wide variety of conservation, management, and policy issues.  Most recently, Jon has focused his efforts on understanding the impacts of climate change on northern forests and developing silvicultural techniques focused on forestland restoration and climate change adaptation.  Through his work, Jon has demonstrated a commitment to a working lands approach to conservation and he sees the forest as a place where commerce, conservation, and recreational values can co-exist.  In addition to working with CLC’s forest management clients, Jon is CLC’s Chief Financial Officer and works on project development and client relations.

Ryan “Nate” Nelson is a certified general appraiser licensed in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Nate leads Compass Land Consultants’ Michigan appraisal team. He holds degrees in forestry and environmental studies, and he brings a unique perspective on forestland, special use property, and easement appraisals.  Nate is a registered forester in Michigan as well as a Michigan real estate broker.  His vast experience in all aspects of forest management makes him ideally suited for timberland valuation assignments and brokerage. Some of Nate’s projects and clients include conservation easement appraisals, specialty property valuation, and timberland investment appraisals for the USDA Forest Service, the State of Michigan DNR, the State of Wisconsin DNR, investment companies, conservation organizations, and private landowners.

Jeffrey A. Olson is a certified general appraiser licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and North Dakota. Jeff has 29 years of experience in the business and brings both national and regional experience to CLC’s real estate and appraisal services having worked on projects in 11, (eleven) states and Canada. Some past projects and clients include the Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, State of Wisconsin DOT and Bureau of Aeronautics, high-voltage transmission line easement appraisals, conservation easement appraisals, partial taking appraisals, golf course appraisals, trail corridor appraisals, appraisals for the USDA Forest Service and Fish & Wildlife Service, and large timberland appraisals for various investment companies. Jeff also provides litigation support, appearing as an expert witness in numerous jury trials in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

William M. Steigerwaldt is CLC’s senior appraiser. Bill is a licensed certified general appraiser in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota, and a licensed broker in Wisconsin. He has over 30 years of appraisal experience in timberland, lake and river tracts, and all types of recreational property in the United States. Bill brings both national and regional perspectives to CLC’s real estate and appraisal services having worked on projects in 17 states and 2 provinces in Canada. Some of Bill’s clients include federal and state agencies, TIMOs, forest industry, conservation organizations, lending institutions, and private landowners.


  • Erik Barttelt Appraisal Assistant/Forester
  • David Boehlke Project Forester
  • Sara Chiamulera GIS Specialist
  • Jessica Evenson Real Estate Assistant
  • Mike Forster Project Forester
  • Ryan Grefe Project Forester
  • Stacey Hensen Real Estate Assistant
  • Calvin Hettwer Appraiser
  • Doug Johnson Appraisal Assistant/Forester
  • Casey Kremers Project Forester
  • Emerson Lemmons Staff Forester
  • Glen Leonard Staff Forester
  • Alex Perram Appraisal Assistant/Forester
  • Garrett Riewestahl Staff Forester
  • John Schummer Staff Forester
  • Dan Schummer Appraiser
  • Ryan Skoviera Staff Forester
  • Nick Snyder Staff Forester



  • Proven ability to maintain conservation ethic, practice sustainable forestry, and generate revenue.
  • Proven track record of achieving our client’s goals in timber sale marketing
  • First commercial timber sale for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
  • 100% compliance with third-party forest certification audits
  • 100% compliance with third-party carbon offset project audits
  • Currently manage 450,000 acres of certified forestlands
  • Staff of foresters, certified general appraisers, GIS experts, real estate brokers
  • All projects completed exclusively by in-house staff
  • Our clients include TIMOs, REITs, non-profit conservation organizations, and family forest owners
  • We are local; we live here. We understand the complexities of Great Lakes forest management.
  • We operate four offices in the Lake States region.


  • Land valuations made in 24 States and 2 Canadian Provinces
  • Since 2012, have conducted market studies, appraisal services, and litigation support on over 730 parcels in WI, MI, MN, & ND.
  • Currently handling 350 individual parcels within 3 large high-voltage transmission line, gas pipeline, and highway reconstruction projects.
  • Over 5.0 million acres appraised
  • 5 Certified General Appraisers on staff
  • Timberland valuation experts
  • Several experienced foresters – now key appraisers
  • Certified Appraisers supported by appraisal & forestry staff
  • Multiple, full-time, in-house GIS specialists
  • Qualified Expert Witness Testimony in SD, ND, WI, MI, MN
  • UASFLA (yellow book) Credentials
  • Clients such as Consumer Energy, American Transmission Co., The Nature Conservancy, Xcel Energy, TIMOs/REITs, the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics and other State and Federal agencies.



  • Access to undeveloped land and water real estate in the heart of the Upper Midwest.
  • Our website lets you search property listings by destination – such as a whole private lake, shoreline, acreage estate – or by lifestyle preference like sailing, fishing, vacation, retirement, and many others.
  • We have a comprehensive understanding of land and we know how to appraise and value it.
  • Compass Land Consultants is a unique and distinctive network of real estate brokers, foresters, land management and appraisal experts offering a wide selection of properties throughout the fabulous upper Midwest.


A Brief Background of Land Ownership and Forests in the Great Lakes

Logging in the Great Lakes began in the mid-1800s with the focus trained primarily on native white pine trees. Many of these giants were over 200 years old, 200 feet high, and – on average -five feet in diameter. Trees were cut by hand, using axes and cross-cut saws. Believing the forest had no end, other tree species were sacrificed to make way for the white pine harvest.

At this time in history, there were no roads so logs were transported by horse and sled in the winter to various waterbodies where they were stored until spring. When the ice thawed, logs were floated down rivers to sawmills and made into lumber to export elsewhere. This great white pine harvest marked the era of the first clear-cutting in the Great Lake states.

Logging Grand Island in Lake Superior
The Log Slide in Grand Marais, Michigan
A river drive team
Loading a schooner in Chassel, Michigan

By 1900, white pine populations were decimated so the logging of hemlock and hardwoods began. Hardwood trees have higher densities and don’t float as well which necessitated that railroads be built to transport these logs to sawmills and mines.

By the end of the 19th century, billions of board feet had been logged from Michigan’s forests. Some examples of consumption were the thriving mining industry which burned the equivalent of many acres of forest a day to run their operations. Also, the automobile assembly line – where anecdotal reports of the equivalent of one log consumed for every car produced – illustrates the quick rate Great Lakes lumber was used.

Millions of logs in Munising, Michigan
Sawmill in Nahma

After decades of multi-species clear-cut logging, stumps and slash decorated the Lake States landscape making the region ripe for disaster. Mass fires followed and millions of acres of land burned. In some cases, the fire burned so hot and so thoroughly that the soil was sterilized and has not recovered to this day.

Kingston Plains in Alger County, Michigan after logging
Field clearing in Nathan, Michigan

Finally, the beginning of the twentieth century saw the conservation era of forestry begin. Numerous State and Federal agencies were born. As a result of two world wars and the ensuing economic crisis, many landowners were unable to pay their property taxes and saw their private forests revert to the government. These are the land bodies that largely make up the State and Federal Forests we enjoy.

Today, many forests are managed to stimulate regenerative growth and to keep them healthy and productive. At a time in history when climate concerns dominate and invasive species threaten native growth, it is of paramount importance to treat the woods with an eye to the future. Timber is a renewable and reliable resource when it is managed responsibly. It’s important to remember that the air we breathe, our local economy, and our vast assortment of outdoor recreational activities are all supported by this same resource. Valuing nature, continues to be an essential component to life in the Lake States’ region.