Professional Forester Services

After retiring from a 37-year career with the US Forest Service, Lynn established Dakota Forestry in 2015 to help private land owners manage their forested lands.

Lynn D. Kolund, Private Professional Forester


  • Certified Consulting Forester
  • Registered Tree Farm Inspector (ID #150952)
  • Certified Inventory Specialist, Forest Inventory & Analysis Program

Lynn Kolund has a BS from Colorado State University in Forest Biology and 37 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service, retiring in 2013. He worked on five National Forests in a variety of positions in timber, silviculture and recreation. He served as District Ranger on the Tongass NF in Alaska and the Black Hills NF.

For the 2017 and 2018 field seasons, Forester Lynn Kolund contracted to measure Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots in South Dakota. This is a National program of the research division of the U.S. Forest Service to conduct and maintain comprehensive inventories of the forest resource of the United States. About 20% of these fixed plots are remeasured every five years, and some plots were established decades ago. Each spring, a week of training is conducted using the 350 page technical manual in order to take accurate measurements in the field to assess land use, stand characteristics, insect and disease impacts.Tree species, diameter, height, damage, age and crown condition are some of the information and measurements taken.

This field experience helps to keep Mr. Kolund current and aware of the trends in forest use and condition in primarily the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Professional Forester Experience Summary

Forest Stewardship Plans that have been accepted by appraisers in 4 Black Hills counties

Good working relationships within the South Dakota Department ofvConservation and Forestry

South Dakota Family Forests Association (SDFFA) education committee member and workshop instructor

Timber inventory examination (14 years)

Certified silviculturist to write timber stand management prescriptions (11 years)

Timber Sale Administrator (6 years)

Log Scaler estimating log volume and defects at sawmill (6 years)

Established and measured tree plots to estimate board foot volume of standing trees (4 years)

It’s our absolute pleasure to recommend Lynn Kolund with Dakota Forestry, LLC. We thoroughly enjoyed our time working with Lynn to prepare a Forest Stewardship Plan for our property. Lynn’s knowledge and expertise of the process, along with his hard work and dedication, played a major role in us obtaining agricultural status. Without a doubt, we confidently recommend Lynn to all land owners for all your forestry needs.

Annie Marton

Tree Farm Administrator, Holy Terror Mining Company

Lynn has volunteered his time and energy, unselfishly, in support of the South Dakota Family Forests Association (SDFFA), which administers the South Dakota Tree Farm Program. He has been, and currently is, a member of the Membership and Education Committee (MEC), which I chair. Over the past couple of years, Lynn has participated in SDFFA workshops and programs and has been actively involved in helping the MEC adopt actions beneficial to our tree farm members. Lynn offers his clients a highdegree of personal integrity and professionalism, along with a high-level of forestry expertise.

Doug Miller

SDFFA Board of Directors

Lynn is a retired US Forest Service Employee and a graduate forester. He was the District Ranger in Custer, SD before his retirement. He has since started his own forestry consulting business. Lynn is a Certified Tree Farm Inspector. He is an honest Christian man and has a deep abiding love for land. He will do a good job for you.

Frank Cross

Crosscut Forestry

Lynn, I want to thank you so much for all that you have done for Holy Terror concerning our property located in Keystone, South Dakota. I just received our new property assessments yesterday that reflect our new agricultural designation and I received the check today for partial reimbursement for our tree farm expenses. Lynn, you are the man is all I can say.

Jack V. Marton

President, Holy Terror Mining Co.

As a land owner in the Black Hills, I would recommend Lynn Kolund. He helped my family set up our Forest Stewardship Plan. Because of his help, we have a better idea of how to manage our land and reduce the risk of forest fire. He is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. Thank you, Lynn.

Connie Buckingham


We needed a Forest Stewardship Plan in a hurry and did not know where to start. Lynn was highly recommended, and even though he was working on other projects, he made the time for us. He came to our tree farm and counseled us to prepare a plan that accomplishes our goals. Without Lynn’s expert assistance, we would not have been able to qualify for agricultural status for our farm’s property tax assessment. Since then, Lynn has helped us to implement our plan every step of the way, including counseling us on a future timber sale. Lynn has always been professional, respectful and considerate. I would definitely recommend Lynn to other landowners without any reservation.

Alfredo F. Ramirez Macdonald

Esq., O’Neill & Borges LLC

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