Forest360, formerly known as FOMS, sprouted in 2004 when Mike Bartells and Peter Gresham saw an opportunity amidst the aftermath of Fletcher Challenge Forests’ downfall. Initially, our roots were firmly planted in supporting the harvesting and marketing of logs from the Tokomaru East Forest Company (TEFCO) estate. But we didn’t stop there.
Sticking to our core competencies, we quickly branched out, extending our services to private forest owners across the Southern North Island and beyond. As demand and commercial opportunities soared, we sensed a need for a more comprehensive offering. In 2018, we integrated a small forest management and consultancy operation, marking a pivotal moment as we transformed from FOMS to Forest360.
Why the change? Because our new name mirrors our full-service (and circle!) management model, emphasising a commitment to generational clients seeking more than just harvesting services. We’ve evolved to provide a suite of services that goes beyond the ordinary within the traditional plantation context while also extending outside of it.
Since our inception, Forest360 has emerged as one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing forest management businesses. Our growth isn’t just a stroke of luck; it’s rooted in having the right people executing in the right places supported by best practice forest management systems and processes. Our clients have recognised this, and their trust has fuelled our expansion across the country.