Skip to Main Content

Robards, President of TYLD Corp, Was Meant to be a Forester

Alumni: Tim Robards
BS Forestry
Graduation: 1985
Business Title: President TYLD Corp
Business: TYLD Corp, Forest and Orchard Analytics & Technology

After 20 years with what is now known as CAL FIRE and completing a PhD at UC Berkeley, I moved to the private sector to expand on my experiences. For three years I was a partner in a consulting firm. I then spent five years with an Australian-based Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO), working out of their San Francisco office. During this time, I have been involved in a wide variety of interesting activities including raising capital, timberland acquisitions, and have developed carbon offset projects on over a million acres in the United States. My work has taken me to Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico, Maine, Washington, Arizona, Tasmania and many more places where I have been able to work in a wide variety of forest types and meet great landowners and foresters. I found that any day I might be on a ferry cruising by Alcatraz on the way to work, in New York speaking at an investment conference, in Europe meeting with potential investors, in the field on remote tribal lands, in Alaska looking out for bears while installing a forest inventory, or by myself on a side-by-side evaluating a property for purchase or carbon project development.

I have now started my own company where I do forestry consulting and technology development for forestry and nut orchard management. Where I live in Northern California is in the middle of almond and walnut orchards so I’m leveraging my tree knowledge to cover more than conventional forestry. I still can’t imagine being anything other than a forester!

Featured Stories

Dave Case delivers a keynote speech
FNR Names Dave Case as 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources is proud to name Dave Case as its 2023 FNR Lifetime...

Read More
Mikaela Agresta spraying invasive species with a UTV sprayer.
FNR Field Report: Mikaela Agresta

Mikaela Agresta, who completed her degree in forestry with a minor in wildlife science in May...

Read More
Photo of front of Purdue Memorial Union
Purdue ASEC to Recognize Distinguished Alumni September 15

Abigail Borron, Aaron McKim, and Travis Park to receive ASEC Distinguished Alumni awards.

Read More
Shedd Aquarium research biologist Austin Happel with Purdue master's student Luke McGill holding acoustic sensors for a fish tracking project
Alumnus Austin Happel Turns Curiosity about Fish, Pet Store Job into Career at Shedd Aquarium

Growing up in Huntertown, Indiana, Austin Happel could often be found playing in the woods and a...

Read More
Representatives from Purdue FNR and Bartlett Tree Company with the donated chipper. From left to right: Liz Jackson, Liz Flaherty, Brian Beheler, Forest Summerfield and Ben McCallister from FNR and Scott Jamieson, Sean Rock, Kyle Armstrong and Zach Nemeth from Bartlett
Bartlett Tree Experts Donates Chipper to Urban Forestry Program

Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources has added a chipper to its list of machinery available for...

Read More
Professor emeritus Dr. Bill Hoover speaks at the FNR Centennial in 2013; Hoover at a farm show in 2003; Hoover with his son Sam on an honor flight
Tales From FNR with Professor Emeritus Bill Hoover

Before embarking on a 40-plus year career guiding students and constituents across the state on...

Read More
To Top