Larry Foster grew up loving the outdoors and was determined to make his living there, too. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Southern Illinois University in 1977 and a Master of Science in Forestry in 1979. Larry worked out West as a field forester for the next four years before moving to South Carolina where he worked in loblolly pine seed orchard production and genetic tree improvement. In 1987, he transferred to Selma, Alabama where he managed two pine seed orchards, a tree nursery that produced seedlings for reforestation and 745 acres of land. As a Nursery Manager, he was expected to sell the crop by building relationships with customers and helping them to choose seedlings for reforestation then following up to see how the seedlings were performing. Over the years, he attended many landowner field tours and thought about how he would manage the properties if he owned them. In 2019 he and his wife bought a fixer-upper farm property in Perry County where they renovated the farmhouse, sold timber, created wildlife food plots and cleaned up the pond for fishing. This process helped him realize that he would enjoy helping landowners buy or sell land for timber investment and outdoor recreation. He retired in 2021 after forty two years in forestry to pursue his interest in real estate.
Larry is a registered forester, member of the Society of American Foresters, Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Forest Owners Association. He and his wife still reside in Selma, Alabama. They have two grown sons and two granddaughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing, watching college football, and spending time at his farm property. He is an active member of Westwood Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.