Keith Martell

Treasurer-HeadWaters Land Conservancy


Keith joins the Board of Directors at HeadWaters with 39 years of experience in Forestry and Natural Resources Management.  He and his wife Cathy enjoy living deep in the woods of Otsego County, enjoying the wildlife around their property and staying active in business and the community.
“I care deeply about the land, and the people who enjoy our natural resources.  I’ve seen a lot of places in my life but nothing compares to northern Michigan.  I started planting trees here with my dad when I was six years old and I loved it.  At this point in my life, I am passionate about improving and protecting the forests, land, and water in this area.  Having a relationship with the land and everything that relies on it is deeply satisfying for me.  I want to help HeadWaters Land Conservancy care for northeast Michigan and I am also very interested in helping people deal with the critical issue of succession of ownership of their land.  Planning for the future of your land with your family and others will help us conserve the places we love, for the people we love.”

M.S. Forestry, Michigan State University
Retired USDA-NRCS State Forester
Current Partner and President of Martell Forestry, Inc.

Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters
Registered Forester in Michigan
Certified Tree Farm Inspector, American Tree Farm System
Member, Michigan Forest Association
Member, Michigan Forest Resource Alliance
Member, Association of Consultant Foresters
Member, Michigan Christmas Tree Association
Member, Michigan Association of Timbermen
Member, The Nature Conservancy

Keith is a tree farmer that owns and operates Northwoods Christmas Tree Farm and manages 520 acres of his own timberland.  Keith enjoys forestry, fishing, big game hunting, raising English Setters, and woodworking.