Dick Ludington has over 35 years of timberland, conservation and recreational land transaction experience working with public agencies and private investors. With a bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from UNC Chapel Hill, and LLB from the School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dick is a member of the North Carolina and Florida Bar.
Dick was the founder of the Heartland Group, the predecessor entity of the Forestland Group where he served as Vice President of Real Estate. Dick also served as the southeast regional director of land acquisitions for the Nature Conservancy and later became the Florida state director of the Nature Conservancy. As a Senior Associate of The Conservation Fund, he successfully negotiated the purchase and subsequent donation of 104,000-acres of prime wetland and wildlife habitat that created the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. Dick is also Founder of La Foresta Plantacion, a hardwood plantation and management company in Costa Rica and Panama, and Chair of Carbon Ceramics Company, LLC a vitreous carbon R & D company in Plattsburgh, New York.
With the opening of Fay Ranches office in North Carolina, Dick brings decades of experience negotiating and completing some of the largest and most complex conservation, plantation and timberland transactions in the United States as well as significant land assets managed for quail, waterfowl and deer.