ABOUT US

McChesney "Ches" Goodall III, Consulting Forester

McChesney “Ches” Goodall, co-founder of Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group, has managed private forestlands in Virginia for more than twenty years and been guided by an ecologically based land ethic to provide multiple forest and non-forest benefits.Brian Morse In addition to his extensive background in timberland management, appraisals and sales, Ches has been coordinator of the Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements program since 2000.  These overlapping and complementary interests give him a broad view of managing land to meet numerous and disparate objectives.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in plant ecology from Duke University in 1979 and his Masters degree in forest management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke in 1984.  The greatest influences on his profession and world view come from his father, a dedicated scientist and conservationist, and his family farm in Highland County, which he has explored since childhood.  He lives in Richmond with his wife and three children.

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Brian W. Morse, Certified Wildlife Biologist

Brian Morse is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and co-founder of Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from North Carolina State University Brian Morse and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in wildlife management and ecology.  Brian’s broad interests have allowed him to work throughout the southeastern United States from coastal swamps and Piedmont prairies to mountain forests with a wide range of both game and non-game species.  Brian is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Virginia and is active with the Virginia Quail Council.  He is also involved with the Quality Deer Management Association, The Wildlife Society and local bird clubs.  His research has been published in regional, national and international scientific journals. Brian lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Albemarle County with his wife, newborn son and one energetic Brittany pup.

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Leif Riddervold, Environmental Scientist

Leif Riddervold is an Environmental Scientist who joined Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group in 2012. He provides a wealth of experience in professional land and natural resource management to his clients, with a particular emphasis on integrating sustainable agriculture with natural systems. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/218083_1042664718705_913_n.jpg Leif received his BS degree from James Madison University, which was followed by a MS degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.  Prior to joining Virginia Forestry and Wildlife Group he spent six years in the role of Natural Resources Manager for Bundoran Farm, a preservation development near Charlottesville Va.  In this role he was responsible for managing 2,300 acres of forest, pasture and orchard land while also integrating minimal residential development into the landscape.  Leif is also an avid gardener and horticulturalist specializing in the use of native plants in the landscape.  Much of his inspiration is the result of growing up on a farm that afforded ample land to explore and discover the natural wonders within the forests and fields, beginning a lifelong quest to understand the interrelationships between all elements of the system.  Leif and his family live on a mountain farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Albemarle County.

"The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land... In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.”

~Aldo Leopold