Richard Pierson

Mr. Pierson was employed as the first forest economist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, a state agency responsible for the fiduciary management of public trust lands, in Olympia Washington from 1967-1973 economically analyzing silviculture options and sustainable timber harvest levels.

Subsequently for 27 years Mr. Pierson was employed by the Weyerhaeuser Company, an international timberland and forest products firm at it's corporate headquarters in Federal Way Washington as a forest, business and resource economist in a variety of projects

Wesley Rickard, Inc. is a forest management policy and economics consulting firm. The business' primary scope of operations is forest management, appraisal and valuation, market and timber supply studies and marketing and impact and burden analysis. The firm has assignments throughout the United States and Canada along with Japan..

The business' primary scope of operations and activities in:

  • Forest Economics
  • Appraisal and Valuation
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Forest Management Policy

Since establishment in 1968 the firm's work has been nationwide, and has included Canada, South and Central America and Japan. Clients include Native American tribes, public agencies, associations, companies, individuals, village corporations, and other private enterprises.

Representative Activities:

Forest Management

  • Timberland management strategy and planning Review and evaluation of current and historic forest management
  • Forest inventory design and analysis

Appraisal and Valuation

  • Appraisal of the fair market value of timber, forest land and recreation property
  • Default, breach of contract and trespass damage valuation
  • Evaluation of forest properties for purchase, sale or exchange
  • Valuation of forest management alternatives
  • Review appraisals

Market Studies, Timber Supply and Marketing

  • Market structure research and analysis
  • Timber supply and demand studies
  • Forest business feasibility studies
  • Forest land, timber and log marketing
  • Contract negotiation

Impact and Burden Analyses

  • Economic impacts of forest policy and regulation
  • Antitrust and international trade issues
  • Forest business tax burden and tax impact analysis

Litigation Testimony:

  • Judicial arbitration proceedings in Pierce & King Counties, Washington and in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Nineteenth Judicial District Court, State of Louisiana, Parish of East Baton Rouge
  • Second Judicial District Court, State of Minnesota, County of Ramsey
  • Superior Courts of King, San Juan & Thurston Counties, Washington
  • Oregon Tax Court
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Claims Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • Indian Claims Commission
  • Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals


Contact Richard Pierson

Contact Richard Pierson

Wesley Rickard Inc.
2915 Harborview Drive N.W.
Post Office Drawer 47
Gig Harbor, Washington  98335
Phone: (253) 851-5141
Fax: (253) 851-9391


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Washington