About us

ABOUT NORSKOG

NORSKOG Consulting provides consultancies over a wide range of subjects and is on the cutting edge of professional forestry with regards to applied forest management.


NORSKOG Consulting has been in business since 1950 and provides services to a variety of forest owners, forest organisations and forest authorities around the world. Currently more than 50 % of the services are sold on the international market. The variety and experience of the expertise in NORSKOG Consulting make them the leading forest consulting company in Norway and well recognised abroad.

NORSKOG Consulting is part of NORSKOG, a member organisation for forest owners, representing more than 1.2 million ha of forestland in Norway.
 

OUR SERVICES

NORSKOG Consulting provides consultancies over a wide range of subjects and is on the cutting edge of professional forestry with regards to applied forest management.

Since

1950
50%

services sold in the international market

1.2million

ha of forestland in Norway

GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM


Øystein Aasaaren

Project Manager

+ 47 91 35 48 10


Education:
Telemark College (University level) 1975-77 Business administration
M. Sc. Forestry Agricultural University of Norway 1977-82
Tropical Forest Management -Oxford Forestry Institute, UK; July - October 1997

Key Qualifications:
25 years of professional experience in project development, project administration and implementation within the forestry and environmental sector. These project include a number of different subjects as; forest management, forest owner co-operation, forest management planning, watershed management, multiple use planning, forest evaluation, forest management plans and systems for forest mapping and monitoring, sustainable natural resource management and PR related projects, private sector development.
Working experience from different districts in Norway and from Sweden, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Belize, Nicaragua, The Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, China, Sri Lanka

Jens Kolstad

Project Manager

+47 91 33 54 85


Education:
1980-1985 - Norwegian University of Life Sciences - MSc in Forestry - forest economy and resource economy

Key Qualifications:

Forest management planning and inventory
Kolstad has been involved in developing and designing forest management inventory systems in both Norway , Serbia, Kosovo and Sudan, the design and organization of GIS- and database-structures.

Forest management systems
Responsible for the Norwegian forestry management system Linnea. Linnea is a database system (Sybase), connected to ArcGIS, for forest information at stand level. The system includes routines for updating stand information (increment/volume, treatments i.e), queries, producing maps and reports. Linnea is used by the major forest companies in Norway.

GIS
Many years' experience within the ArcGIS area in general, and in use of GIS in forestry specifically.

Harvesting calculations
Responsible for (and heavy experience within this area) growth and yield calculations ("allowable annual cut") for the major forest properties in Norway.
Carried out major professional assignments in, Norway, Serbia, Kosovo and Southern Sudan. Minor assignments includes Sweden, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Uganda

Øivind Østby-Berntsen

Project Manager

+47 92 61 73 88


Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:
2003-2008 - Master of Science in Forestry. Main subject for the master studies was wind stability in uniform shelterwood systems of Norway spruce.
2005 - University of Alaska Fairbanks -

Key Qualifications:
Mr. Berntsen has worked with different IT applications mainly related to timber sales in Norway, management of a fund for value creation in the forest sector in Norway and different projects within the fields of silviculture and forest valuation.
Countries where I have worked: Norway, Nicaragua, Latvia

Jakob Sandven

Senior Advisor

+ 47 95 27 24 53


Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:
Master of Science in Forestry. Main subject for the master studies was 'Evaluation of a stand simulator and implementation of the Plantation Planner, a Large - Scale scenario model for forest management.' Field work in Tanzania. And Army Officer Candidate School.

Key Qualifications:
More than nine years of experience in sustainable forest management, remote sensing analyses, biomass modelling, biological asset valuation, economic and financial analyses of forestry in Africa and Europe, with hands-on experience in successfully applying international forest certification standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects.
Countries of Work Experience: Norway, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Latvia

Arne Rørå

CEO

+ 47 91 33 59 14


Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:
1982-1987 -Norwegian University of Life Sciences - Master in Forest Sciences. Main subject for the master studies was effect on forest from airborne pollution. During his carrier Rørå has taken several courses within forest inventory and business management. 1992 - Solstrand management program.

Key Qualifications:
Mr Rørå, the Managing Director of the NORSKOG Group, has more than 25 years of experience as a forester and manager. He was responsible for the national forest inventory of Norway, and has represented Norway in several international programs related to forest inventory and monitoring of effects on forest from airborne pollution. Rørå has during the last 15 years worked with organizational development and industrial policy in Norway as well as internationally. Mr Rørå is involved in several companies as a member of the board of directors in the forest sector. He is chairman of the board of the Norwegian institute for forest and landscape. As chairman of the board for a Norwegian owned forest company he has been responsible for building up one of the largest private owned forest companies in the Baltic States. The task of the company is to buy, develop, and manage forest land. Rørå is chairman of the board for The Norwegian Timber Trade Company, which annually trade about 1 million m3 of timber between forest owners in Norway and industry in Norway and internationally. He has been working as a consultant within timber trade and development of systems for timber trading.
Countries worked: Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uganda, Nicaragua.

Erling Bergsaker

Director of Consulting Services

+ 47 91 51 14 67


Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:
Master of Science in Forestry. Main subject for the master studies was forest inventory, valuation and consequence analyses of different restrictions to forest management. Current position: Mr. Erling Bergsaker is the head of the department for forestry consultant services of Norskog (NORSKOG Consult).

Key qualifications:
Bergsaker holds more than 30 years of experience as a professional forester, including positions as responsible for management of forest estates, responsible for forest management planning units, forestry consultant work in Scandinavia as well as Russia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Uganda. Bergsaker is responsible for the forest consultancy service in Norskog.
Bergsaker has done several consultant projects where forestry economics and valuation are the main topics. These have been national Norwegian projects, for valuation of forest reserves for calculation of compensation, assistance to forest owners who have been in position for selling their property, of which the biggest case was assistance to the pulp and paper company Norske Skog who sold their properties of totally some 150 000 ha. He has also assisted lots of persons and companies considering buying forest properties, the biggest case lately was assistance to a pension fund considering buying the forest companies from the company Orkla Borregaard ASA, of totally of 100.000 ha. When working internationally the subject quite often has been forest valuation, economic analyses and professional support to modernize the forest management planning.
Bergsaker has been involved in several research projects, of which some has been focusing improved use of GIS in forest management and planning as well as development of applications for consequence analyses of different constraints to forest management.

As a part of forest management work Bergsaker has been heavily involved in forest certification work. This includes being a member of the national board for PEFC sertification and a member of the national initiative for FSC. He has also been working with certification issues internationally, especially in Serbia.
Bergsaker is used as a guest lecturer at the University of Agriculture in Norway, in the subjects of forest valuation and taxation.
Countries worked in: Norway, Latvia, Slovakia, Russia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Uganda

Tormod Dale

Senior Adviser

+ 47 95 87 33 85



Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:
Master of Forest Science (1998). Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
Masters' degree in Forest Economics and Planning (1991), Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Master's thesis: "Biomass Production, Cost-Efficiency, and Carbon dioxide Fixation in Teak Plantations in Tanzania"
Environmental Planning - continuing education (1994-1995). Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Key Qualifications:
Tormod Dale possesses more than 25 years of experience as a professional, both from the public forest administration as District forester and private consulting. Consultant work includes assignments both in Norway and internationally. Tormod has held several forestry college-level teaching positions.

Dale was manager/chief technical advisor of the FAO Kosovo Forest Sector Emergency and Rehabilitation Project (2000-2001), managing activities aiming at rebuilding the forest sector following the armed conflict.

Dale has worked with forest assessment and management planning in the Balkans and East-Africa. He was part of the FAO-team, which implemented the first Kosovo National Forest Inventory in 2003, and the 2nd NFI cycle 10 years after, implemented through Norwegian Forestry Group in collaboration with Kosovo Forest Agency. This included development of methodology for field inventory, training and reporting. The NFI report was designed to fulfill international reporting obligations in the land use-, land use change- and forestry sectors.

Knowledge and skills in assessment and management of tree plantations has been acquired through the forest sector program in South Sudan (2009 – 2013) and through community-based forest management in Indonesia.

At current, Dale is responsible for the PEFC forest management certification of NORTØMMER Ltd. The certificate is maintained within the framework of ISO 14001 environmental management system. NORTØMMER Ltd is a leading Norwegian timber trade and operational forestry services company. He has been involved in research and evaluation of the MiS-methodology for biodiversity conservation in managed forests.

In connection with private voluntary conservation of forestlands, Dale is assisting landowners in resource assessment and valuation, and in the negotiations with the conservation authorities of proper compensation for the loss of future forestry income.

Countries of work: Norway, Indonesia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, USA
Countries where I have worked: Norway, Indonesia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, USA

Yngve Holth

Project Manager

+ 47 91 83 22 36


Nationality:
Norwegian

Country of residence:
Norway

Education:

Key Qualifications:

Countries worked: