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Martin Herbert  

Name: Martin Antony Herbert
Nationality: South African
Date of birth: 28 March 1952
Profession: Silviculturist
Company: Fractal Forest
Position: Forestry Consultant
  • Forest site investigation and characterisation.
  • Estimation of yield potential.
  • Site specific forestry operations and research.

Key Experience  

Coming from a silvicultural research background, Martin Herbert has developed a special interest in site factor investigations and analyses for commercial forestry, and the estimation of sustainable yield potential.  His approach emphasises the identification, quantification and understanding of key site criteria and their interactions concerning the natural resources of a particular land holding.  He has worked internationally over a diverse range of tree growing conditions from cold temperate to equatorial, and evolved a practical strategy of deriving unique site-based models for optimising site-specific forestry operations for silviculture, management, planning and harvesting.  While also involved in technology transfer and training, the link with research has been maintained through active participation in diverse university and industry projects.

During some 30 years with forestry, his key experience includes:

  • Forestry Consultant, from 1996 - Fractal Forest.
  • Forestry Consultant, 1994 to 1995 – Martin Herbert Forestry Consultants.
  • Principal Research Officer, 1985 to 1993 – Institute for Commercial Forestry Research.
  • Senior Research Officer, 1980 to 1984 – Wattle Research Institute.
  • Research Officer, 1978 to 1980 – South African Forest Research institute.


  • M.Sc. Agriculture, Univ. Natal, 2002.
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Forest Science, Univ. Stellenbosch, 1977.
  • B.Sc. Forest Science, Univ. Stellenbosch, 1976.