Our Story – Natural Resource Planning Services had its start in 1974 when two ambitious young men left the comfort of a regular paycheck and embarked upon a journey to establish a forestry and environmental services firm. At that time, forestry consulting was primarily offered through state forestry programs, but Jack Vogel and Tom Mastin saw the need to provide broader and more complete services than what the public sector and the very limited number of private firms were able to provide, especially in their home state of Florida. The early days saw Jack and Tom working long hours prescribed burning on large tracts like the Duda Ranch near Cocoa. They also administered an occasional thinning sale of timber, while slowly expanding services and clientele.
Business steadily grew as they were favored by some wonderful early clients – mostly ranchers and family tree farmers. Marketing was primarily word of mouth referrals. The company grew and eventually Jack and Tom hired several key early hires that became branch and operational managers. A couple of these, John Holzaepfel and Tony Wallace eventually joined the Board of Directors, and when Tom relocated full time to Georgia in 2012, became Jack’s new partners. From these humble beginnings, the NRPS family has now grown to about 30 strong.
To distinguish the comprehensive suite of services, separate divisions were launched in 2010 under the LEGACY name. These include: Legacy Forestry Services, Legacy Wildlife Services, Legacy Arborist Services, and Legacy Realty Services, then in 2017, Legacy Environmental Services. Timberland real estate is handled via a partnership with Saunders Real Estate – Coldwell Banker Commercial under the banner of Saunders Real Estate – Forestry Group. NRPS also has a sister company, Legacy Appraisal Services, LLC that is managed by Scott Brodbeck and is a recognized leader in timberland appraisal in the southeast and globally.
THE OWNERSHIP TEAM
John T. “Jack” Vogel – President and Co-Founder / Consulting Forester
Jack has practiced forestry for nearly five decades and is an icon in the forestry community. He remains active in forestry consulting, and as a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, participates in timberland real estate brokerage. Jack’s many awards are beyond listing, though include the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Presidential Field Forester Award, the FL-SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award (outstanding contributions to forestry), election into the FL-SAF Florida Foresters Hall of Fame, and the UF – School of Forest Resources & Conservation (SFRC) Distinguished Alumni Award. Jack served twice as the President of the Florida Forestry Association (FFA) and received the FFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Jack is a SAF Fellow – a prestigious award that recognizes someone who is a true ambassador for the advancement of forestry with long-standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national levels.
John A. “Tony” Wallace, ACF, CF – COO & Vice-President / Consulting Forester
Tony, based out of our Lake City office, has practiced forestry for over three decades and has served as Chief Operating Officer for NRPS since 2005. Tony is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker and directs the timberland real estate brokerage services. Tony is also a Florida State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a Georgia Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. Tony has been active in the Florida Forestry Association, where he was formerly a member of the Executive Committee and has chaired multiple FFA committees.
John H. Holzaepfel, ACF, CF, CA – Vice President / Consulting Forester
John has practiced forestry for over three decades. As a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, he participates in timberland real estate brokerage. John has strong focus on traditional forestry consulting and business development, but also supports other service areas including urban forestry and environmental. John has been active in multiple forestry organizations and has served as Chair/President of the Southeastern – Society of American Foresters (SAF), the Florida Division – SAF, the Florida Chapter – Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF), and the Florida Urban Forestry Council. John serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Forestry Association, the Practicing Foresters Institute Trust, and the UF – SFRC Advisory Board and is past Chair of the SFRC – FRC Program Committee. John has been appointed by the FL Commissioner of Agriculture to the Florida Forestry Council, an advisory board to the State Forester. He is a recipient of the FL-SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award for outstanding contributions to forestry. John is also a SAF Fellow – a prestigious award that recognizes long-standing service to forestry at the local, state, and national levels.