Caddo Announces Retirement of President John Lock, Who Will Move to the Caddo Board of Directors, and Launches Search for Successor

LUFKIN, June 27 2023 — Caddo Sustainable Timberlands, LP (“Caddo”), the largest private timberland owner in Texas, announced today that its President, John Lock, will retire at the end of the year. After 36 years as a leader in the Western Gulf forestry community, John will step down from his position on December 31, 2023, at which time he will join Caddo’s Board of Directors.

In the meantime, the Board has initiated a comprehensive search process for John’s successor to ensure a seamless transition and find a leader for Caddo’s next chapter.

Under John’s leadership, Caddo has built on the 110-year history of the asset, attracted and retained talented employees, expanded its footprint within Texas and acquired acres in Louisiana, executed numerous renewable energy projects, improved forest management operations and sustainability practices, and made substantial contributions to local communities.  

“On behalf of the Board, the management team and Caddo’s employees, we want to thank John for his leadership and lasting impact on Caddo and wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement,” said Gerrity Lansing, Head of TIG and Interim Chairman of Caddo’s Board of Directors.  “I know one of John’s top priorities, in addition to all of his other accomplishments as President of Caddo, was to sustain and grow the asset over time. He’s succeeded in doing this as President and I know will continue to support this mission as a fellow member of the Board of Directors.”

“It has been a privilege to be part of both the legacy of these properties and the growth of Caddo over the past two years. Transitioning to a role on the Board gives me the opportunity to continue to serve Caddo, the employees, and the industry while also pursuing retirement activities with my family,” John said. “I’m very grateful for the strong, consistent support the Board of Directors has provided to me, our staff, and the business. I’m also indebted, not just at Caddo, but throughout my entire career, to the exceptional employees whose talent, commitment, and effort inspired me and drove sustained business success. I look forward to working with my replacement and the Board to continue Caddo’s growth and positive contributions to communities and the forestry industry.”


Caddo owns interests in approximately 889,000 acres of timberlands located in Texas and Louisiana. For business inquiries, please contact