Agland’s Role in Permanent Working Lands Conservation in California: The Howe Creek Ranch in Ferndale California, was perhaps the first working2 forest conservation easement (CE) in the State. Along with the Parkfield Ranch3 in south central California, Howe Creek was also the first working-ranch CE in California. The Howe Creek transaction commenced in 1995 and […]

The “Before” CE Scenario (or Non‐Project or Normal or Baseline (take your pick)) The forest value is appraised just as a normal present value capitalized income management appraisal. All current agreements are off; i.e. the appraisal assumption is that a speculator will acquire the property and do whatever they can under the law to liquidate […]

Agland helps families become great families. In our business consulting we exclusively assists family and other closely held agricultural landowners wishing to engage in or improve resource-land based business. We help owners find their future then act to achieve it. This may include strategic focusing, preparing succession, champion development, leader and loyalty building, or farm, […]

The following owner value exercises may be used to answer the following questions: What drives you? Why do you own, or want to own a business? What do you want in return for being an owner of a business? This also could be expressed as; what do you expect in return for your investment (investment […]

WHO IS AGLAND ENGINEERING? Agland is a company immersed with real life experience, and dedicated to the practical conservation of agronomist husbandry, family and other close ownership and land productivity; both economic and ecologic, as they are inexorably tied. We work for and with both proactive producing landowners close to the land, and landowners with […]

Step 1. Business Analysis including: Financials Budget projection out 12 months Business structure & HR organization model chart including: Ownership & business structure Control Management Labor Advisors Risk assessment HR workbook including: Job Descriptions Training Mentoring CE HR Succession plan Compensation including: Metrics Incentives Benefits Salary Operational model charts including: Capital & revenue Flow(s) Supplies […]

The important reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but rather what he becomes by it. In a family business, it’s not possible to live well, understand stewardship nor practice husbandry without first identifying and reaching agreement on owners’ values and expectations. Accomplishing that is highly probable with minimal facilitation […]

FIRST STEP: A LANDOWNER’S LEGACY Thinking through and declaring landowners’ desires are the fundamental steps in any kind of land planning. Identifying the desired future derivatives of a business is essential to all other components of planning from capital expenditures to conservation. The vision encompasses the directives that goals will serve and achieve, so the […]

Percent of Inventory (POI) Retention Community and Landscape Strategy Commercial forest economic productivity and unrestricted silvicultural flexibility are critical for working forests. Forest management encumbered by bureaucracy is shown to ultimately lead to working forests being converted to non-forestry land use with accompanying ecological ruination. The percent of inventory prescription is tailored to provide management […]

What a Landowner Needs to Know What is a CE? A conservation easement (CE) is a tax incentive vehicle created in the US Treasury regulations. Its purpose is to remove qualified rights from real estate. The conveyance of that right is a grant deed like any other real estate grant deed with one significant difference; […]

We help families become great families. Agland exclusively assists family owned agricultural land businesses to find their future then act to achieve it. This may include strategic focusing, preparing succession, champion development, leader and loyalty building, or farm, ranch or forest plan design. And, in exceptional circumstances, we facilitate capitalization of land conservation. DEFINING OWNERS’ […]