When Love of the Land Isn't Enough: A Letter from Marti Willis 

Back in May 2012, I was asked by Nicole Strong to write about my personal involvement in the family timber property that had been in our family since the 1950’s.

I had met Nicole as part of the Women Owning Woodlands, Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), and Master Woodland Manager groups several years before. And, while it is 2016, and I have been out of the industry for several years, I promised her that I would write this when I knew the “end of my story”. I apologize for the delay, but this has been a lengthy and somewhat sad story. I can only hope that those of you involved in a “family business” surrounding your own timber property, can learn from what happened to our family.

When Love of the Land Isn't Enough: A Letter from Marti Willis 

Back in May 2012, I was asked by Nicole Strong to write about my personal involvement in the family timber property that had been in our family since the 1950’s.

I had met Nicole as part of the Women Owning Woodlands, Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), and Master Woodland Manager groups several years before. And, while it is 2016, and I have been out of the industry for several years, I promised her that I would write this when I knew the “end of my story”. I apologize for the delay, but this has been a lengthy and somewhat sad story. I can only hope that those of you involved in a “family business” surrounding your own timber property, can learn from what happened to our family.

Taking Those First Steps in Succession Planning 

Let’s be honest.  No one wants to think about their own death.  However, if we flip the thinking, we can focus on how we help our loved ones in that transition period.  It is important to think about what will happen to your land in the future.  After investing heart, soul (and probably money) in your property, doesn’t it make sense to plan for a transition of that property to the next generation or to an organization of your choice? 

This isn’t a process you start on Friday evening and by dinner Sunday have completed.  It can take a while to assemble a succession plan especially if you need to do some homework.  But rather than not starting because it is so overwhelming, let’s look at the process as five steps.

Legacy Planning Workshop - Minnesota 

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN