Biographical Information About Speakers/Instructors: D-I, J-Q, R-Z
Darius Adams is professor of forest economics and policy at Oregon State University. He holds a BS from Humboldt State University, a MF from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley. Dr. Adams is an author or co-author of 45 peer-reviewed publications and more than 60 technical reports. He is the principal scientist in building the ground-breaking Timber Assessment Market Model (TAMM), which has been widely used in the US for the last 20 years. His primary research and teaching interests are forest economics, modeling and analysis of forest products markets, econometrics, and forest policy. Source: Weaver Lecture Series in Forestry Program, 4/99.
Dwight L. Adams was born and reared on a farm south of Graceville, Florida. The youngest of seven children, he is a graduate of Troy State University and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Montevallo. He taught physics and chemistry, three years at the high school level and three years at Junior college level, prior to opening a furniture store in Dothan which he owned and operated for twelve years. He presently owns an assisted living facility in Enterprise. He is involved in many civic, community and business affairs and is an active member of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, the Enterprise Rotary Club, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Coffee County Cattlemen's Association, AUSA and is president of Alabamians for Limited Government. Presently, he is the host of a weekly call-in talk radio program airing on WRJM, 93.7 FM every Tuesday from 7-9 AM. He takes an active role in the Republican party and has served as District Chairman, Coffee County Chairman, and past chairman of the Resolutions Committee. He is currently a member of the State Executive Committee and of the National Policy Forum, (a Republican Center for the exchange of ideas). He and his wife, the former Leslie Engram from Chipley, Florida, have been active members of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Enterprise for thirty-three years where he is an alternate adult Sunday school teacher. They have a son, Larry, and two daughters, Tanya (Mrs. Jim) Hill and Denine (Mrs. Tim) Richey, and eight grandchildren. Dwight served in the Alabama Senate from 1994 through 1998. He was the Senator for District 31, serving Covington, Coffee, Dale and Houston counties. He served as vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus in 1995, 1996, and 1997 and as chairman in 1998. He was the Senate Floor Leader for Governor Fob James all four years. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/01.
Dr. John Adams, professor in the School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech University, teaches forest ecology, silviculture, forest tree improvement and hardwoods. His research interests include pine silviculture, bottomland hardwood restoration and water oak provenance studies. He is author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers. Source: Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Course Description, 6/99.
Kip Adams of Knoxville, Pennsylvania, is a certified wildlife biologist and QDMA's Director of Education & Outreach. He has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University and a master's in wildlife from the University of New Hampshire. He's also a certified taxidermist. Before joining QDMA, Kip was the deer and bear biologist for the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. Kip and his wife Amy have a daughter, Katie, and a son, Bo. Source: www.qdma.com/authors/kip-adams, 1/13.
John L. Adrian is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University College of Agriculture and has been with the College since 1974. Dr. Adrian received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Agricultural Economics in 1974. His areas of interest include: Research - fruit and vegetable marketing; rural and transitional land markets; production and marketing of turfgrass-sod and nursery crops; agribusiness, especially cooperatives. Teaching - current: basic economic theory, agribusiness management, cooperatives, farm appraisal. Administrative - manage six economists who serve the State's four Farm Analysis Associations. He has memberships in the following: American Agricultural Economics Association; Southern Agricultural Economics Association; Southeastern Decision Sciences Institute; American Decision Sciences Institute; and Food Distribution Research Society. Dr. Adrian's publications and presentations include: 39 Refereed Journal Articles; 90 Experiment Station and related Publications; 8 Departmental Series; and 128 presentations before professional and clientele groups. He served as Department Chair from 10/01-3/05. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/08.
Randy Akridge graduated from Auburn University with degree in Agronomy & Soils in winter 1977. He served as superintendent of the Field Crops Unit at E.V. Smith Research Center January, 1978 to February, 1984, when he moved to Brewton to serve as superintendent of Brewton Agricultural Research and Monroeville Agricultural Research Unit. In early 2002, the Monroeville Agricultural Research Unit was converted from agronomic crop research to longleaf pine research. The Brewton Agricultural Research Unit conducts research on small fruits, woody ornamentals, flowering annuals, homeowner and commercial vegetable production, and homeowner turf as well as some agronomic crop research. They also lease property north of Atmore where they conduct field research in reniform nematode controls in cotton production. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
Timothy P. Albritton is Forest Management Specialist in the Forest Management Division of the Alabama Forestry Commission State Office in Montgomery, Alabama. Tim is a graduate of Patrick Henry State Junior College in Monroeville, Alabama. He received an Associate in Applied Science degree in Forest Technology in 1982. In February 1986 he began his career with the Alabama Forestry Commission assigned to Chilton County. His duties as a forest technician included wildfire control, fire prevention, and landowner assistance. In 1991 he transferred to the Forest Health Section and worked on the Forest Health Monitoring program, Gypsy Moth Trapping, and Southern Pine Beetle program. Tim was approved for the AFC’s co-op program and began working on his B.S. degree in Forest Resources from Auburn University. Tim graduated from Auburn in 1995 and was registered by the Alabama State Board of Registration for Foresters in 1997. He was involved coordinating the Forest Inventory and Analysis from 1996-1998 and is currently serving as the Forest Operations Specialist. He coordinates the Commission's landowner assistance program, the cost-share programs, and the BMP’s for Forestry program. Tim and his wife Karen have been married for 17 years and have three children, a son 14 years old and two daughters ages 12 and 4. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/02.
Dr. Delton Alderman earned a BS in Forestry and Wildlife Management (emphasis in Industrial Forestry Operations), and a MS and PhD in Wood Science and Forest Products (emphasis in Forest Products Marketing) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Blacksburg, VA. He spent 5-years as procurement forester and 8-years as a forestry consultant in NC and VA before returning to graduate school. In 2001 he joined the US Forest Service as a Research Forest Products Technologist, Northern Research Station, in Princeton, WV. His research interests include hardwood veneer and sawlog quality attributes, entrepreneurial marketing for sawmills and producers, technology transfer models, and consumer perceptions of eastern hardwoods. He has been a member of the Forest Products Society since 1998. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/07.
H. Lee Allen is the C.A. Schenck Distinguished Professor of Forestry in the Department of Forestry at North Carolina State University. Lee has been on the faculty at N.C. State since 1981. He received his BS and MS in Forestry from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. from N.C. State. Lee is the co-director of the Forest Nutrition Cooperative, an internationally recognized research and education program in productivity-silviculture-nutrition relationships. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in silviculture and ecophysiology and has authored/co-authored over 100 publications dealing with sustainable productivity, forest nutrition, and silviculture. Lee travels extensively throughout the Americas providing the latest in silviculture, soils, and nutrition knowledge to forest land managers. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/04.
Chuck Anderson is the Director of Account Development for the Timber Division of ForestExpress. He has the primary responsibility for the Account Development team and launch efforts for ForestExpress products in North America. Chuck has over 15 years of forest industry experience. He has managed tracts as large as 140,000 acres in Florida and North Carolina. In addition, he was the region procurement analyst for 34 Georgia-Pacific manufacturing facilities from South Carolina to Maine. Prior to forestry school, he worked as a logging sub-contractor in Wisconsin. Chuck has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and an MBA from Duke University. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/01.
Allan Andress graduated from Auburn University in 1977 with a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Science. He has been employed as a Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 1980, and has served as Chief Enforcement Officer with the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries since 2002. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/07.
Finto Antony is Assistant Research Scientist of Statistics, Biometrics and Wood Quality at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He has extensive expertise on developing model systems for wood properties, for both intensive and conventionally managed pine plantations. He has worked in the areas of wood property modeling, silviculture and wood properties and integration wood property models into growth and yield simulators. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/11.
Michael Archer is a native Californian, born in Pasadena and raised in Monrovia, outside L.A. He originally planned to be a science teacher, but later decided to pursue pre-veterinary medicine. After graduating from California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), Pomona with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Mike decided to once again change his career track, and began taking classes in Electronics at Citrus Junior College in Glendora. Upon graduation, Mike worked in the telecommunications industry before hiring on at General Dynamics in Pomona, working on military radar and gun-control systems as a technician, later as a test engineer, and, for a brief time, as a radar research lab supervisor. In 1991, he became a full-time student at Cal Poly again, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology in late 1992. During the time he had been finishing up the ET degree, Mike had been daydreaming about a high-tech firefighting outfit. Immediately after graduating, he began extensive research on firefighting, finally writing "Firebombers Incorporated" in early 1993. In 2003, with the completion of his second novel, "Firestorm," he decided that pursuing self-publishing full-time might be worthwhile. In January of 2004, he began the marketing campaign for "Firestorm." Reviews from people with firefighting or military backgrounds, and just ordinary readers, were generally good. Mike’s promise of donating 50% of the profits from sales at firefighting conventions spurred interest from many state firefighting associations. The prospects for success look promising and Mike is looking forward to the journey. Source: http://www.firebomberpublications.com/PR/Press_Kit.pdf
Jim Armstrong is an Extension Wildlife Specialist and Associate Professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. He has been at Auburn for 13 years. Jim works primarily in the area of wildlife damage management which covers everything from beavers flooding timber to bats in the attic. He received his B.S. from Freed-Hardeman College, his M.S. from Abilene Christian University and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Jim is married and has two daughters. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/03.
Jon Aschenbach, Vice President of Atterbury Consultants, Incorporated since 1985. Jon is responsible for marketing, product sales and seminars. He has been the lead instructor for the Professional Timber Cruising Seminars for the past six years. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1973 with a B.S. degree in Forest Management. Jon's work experience includes supervisory and management positions with Crown Zellerbach Corporation from 1973 to 1985. He was responsible for forest inventory and timber cruising, reforestation, site preparation, pre-commercial thinning, and fertilization on the 69,000-acre Tillamook Managed Forest. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 7/98.
Phillip Badger is a professional engineer and President and Chief Manager Renewable Oil International® LLC (ROI), located in Florence, Alabama. ROI is developing a novel fast pyrolysis technology that can convert most carbonaceous materials into value-added chemicals and fuels. The fuels can potentially be used in combustion turbines, internal combustion engines, and boilers, including co-firing applications. Mr. Badger is also President of General Bioenergy, Inc., a bioenergy consulting firm also located in Florence, Alabama. He was previously employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, where he managed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Southeastern Regional Biomass Energy Program for 15 years and led fuel ethanol research programs for four years. He has worked in the bioenergy field for over 23 years in positions that have required him to stay abreast of cutting edge bioenergy technologies, and is currently Editor for the Bioenergy Update, a monthly magazine on bioenergy technologies and related information. Mr. Badger grew up on a farm in northern Ohio has a BS and MS in Agricultural Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Badger has published over 85 papers, authored numerous magazine and newsletter articles, and made over 166 presentations on various bioenergy topics to numerous audiences during his career. He is listed in several Who’s Who for his work related to bioenergy, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and International Leaders of Achievement. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/04.
Jeff Baggett owns and operates Southern Cypress and Lumber, Inc., a cypress mill operation in Frisco City, Alabama. He mills cypress logs into flooring, siding, beams, and even wood shingles and also processes Atlantic white cedar and eastern redcedar (to a smaller degree). Baggett specializes in longs, clears, and quarter sawn lumber and only uses swamp cypress in his lumber. All pulpwood size material and pond cypress are ground into mulch. The company produces over a million board feet of cypress lumber each year, making it one of the larger cypress producers in the country. Southern Cypress and Lumber, Inc., does custom work with home owners and produces to each ones taste. So common a hundred years ago, cypress is now making a comeback as people rediscover the beauty and qualities that make it unsurpassed in this region. In the past cypress was considered a renegade tree by the large paper companies due to it not mixing well in pulp or in boiler fuel. Much of it was cut down to make way for the fiber market of gum and other hardwoods. Cypress is a dominant tree and actually, contrary to popular belief, a rather fast growing tree. It is not a junk wood, but has value and is a good investment over the long haul. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/02.
David W. Baker is the farm transition specialist for Iowa State University Extension Service. He works out of the Beginning Farmer Center which is located in Urbandale, Iowa. Areas of specialty include business management, small-farm business start-up, intergenerational farm business transfer, and farm family mediation. His work for the BFC is focused on facilitating the transfer of farm business assets, machinery, land, and management to the next generation. Dave has played a key role in the FarmOn program at Iowa State’s Beginning Farmer Center in matching 45 beginning farmers with retiring individuals in the past several years. Dave holds farm business succession workshops across the state of Iowa. Dave has 30 years of experience in farming and still owns and operates a diversified grain/livestock farm in NW Iowa. Dave is an advisor to ISU’s student run Beginning Farmer Network. Dave served 6 years in the USAF and received his B.S. in Facilities Management from Troy University and an MBA from SW Minnesota University. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/10.
Deborah Baker is Georgia-Pacific’s vice president
– sustainable forestry, environmental and community outreach. She joined the
company in 2001 as director of environmental policy and was named vice president
in 2003. Her responsibilities include maintaining the company’s forestry
certifications for North America, as well as directing the company’s sustainable
forestry vision and practices. Deborah also manages Georgia-Pacific’s wood and
fiber supply environmental permitting group and works with various internal and
external groups regarding sustainable forestry.
Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, Deborah spent more than 25 years in both the private and public sector of the forest products industry. She began her career as a field forester with International Paper Company. Deborah later joined the Capitol Hill staff of former Idaho Sen. James McClure, and eventually served as Deputy Director, Congressional Affairs, at the Department of Interior during President Reagan’s administration. After leaving Washington, D.C., Deborah became executive director of the Southern Timber Council in Atlanta, which addressed U.S. Forest Service issues in the South.
A native of Vermont, Deborah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management from the University of Vermont. She and her husband, Dwight, live in Atlanta. They have one daughter, Katelin. Source: G-P Résumé, 1/11.
Tanya Baker: My husband and I were
both raised in the Prescott/Dewey area of Arizona and are raising our family
here as well. It has always been our dream to own and operate a working ranch,
which has come true with a lot of hard work and perseverance.
Settler Valley Ranch is comprised of approximately 2,500 acres, located in Dewey. We are a green ranch totally off grid and solar operated, proudly raising and providing all natural products for our family and yours.
We raise Registered Miniature Hereford Cattle as a fresh source of naturally raised beef , and to sell to others who'd like to raise cattle, but prefer to deal with a smaller & more docile animal. They are great for small ranches and farms and offer potential tax benefits for small ranches or farms! We also raise Boer meat goats as a healthier alternative to other red meats as well as offering an environmentally conscious fire fuels abatement program providing fire breaks & defensible space against wildfire in urban/wildlife areas without the unwanted impact of heavy machinery or prescribed burning. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/09.
Sara S. Baldwin is senior editor and assistant manager of TimberMart-South, a timber price reporting service housed at the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, The University of Georgia. Her research interests include timber supply and demand, timberland investment and forest industry competitiveness. Her experience includes architectural design, land development, database computing and non-industrial private landownership. She has a B.A. degree in History from the University of Houston and a MFR from the Warnell School. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/09.
Dr. Virgil Clark Baldwin, Jr., is currently the National Program Leader for Silviculture Research for the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. Through 33 years of research experience in the Canadian Forest Service (3 years), Washington State University (3 years), and US Forest Service (27 years, mostly in the Southern Research Station) he has addressed challenges in stand establishment, stand density and structure management, intensive management techniques, management effects on individual tree characteristics, ecophysiology, mensuration, growth and yield, and mathematical modeling of those topics. Source: Personal Résumé, 03/05.
Keith A. Balter, is Vice President, Timber, Resource Information Systems, Inc. (RISI). Keith manages RISI's ongoing work in regional timber demand, supply, and prices. He was the principal developer of the RISI Timber Models, which are used in the analysis of the future demand for wood fiber in North American and international markets, global and regional timber supplies, and the potential returns of timberland investments. He has directed several multi-client studies concerned with the timber resource, as well as studies for individual firms. Keith has a BS in Environmental Studies and a MBA from the University of Chicago and a MS in Forest Economics from Yale School of Forestry. Source: RISI website, 8/01.
Henry Barclay, III, is the managing partner of
Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay LLP which has been involved in timber related
services almost since its inception in 1912. He attended Tulane University and
was graduated from the University of Alabama. Estate planning for business and
timberland owners is an area of particular experience. Henry has a strong
interest in minimizing estate and gift taxes and maintaining family wealth. He
works with family businesses challenged with governance, succession and
retirement planning (how to work at the family business and still have lunch
together on Sunday). He is a frequent speaker and seminar leader on timber
business and income and estate tax issues.
Henry is a Board Member and former President of the Forest Landowners Tax Council and is Treasurer and a Board Member of the Forest History Society. He is President and Board Member of The Full Life Ahead Foundation of Hope. He is a Board Member of Stuckey Timber Company and He is Past President and Board member of the Alabama Forest Owners’ Association and contributes a periodic tax review for their newsletter. He is a member of the Forest Landowners’ Association, the Alabama Forestry Council, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Birmingham Chapter, the Birmingham Estate Planning Council and the Birmingham Tax Forum.
Henry and his wife Judy (42 years) have two married sons who live in Birmingham. Ingram and Susan have a daughter Chandler (2) and Vaughn and Jamie have a son David (3). Source: Personal Résumé, 4/10.
Robert E. Bardon was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management, a Masters of Science in Forest Administration and Management, and a Ph.D. in Forest Biology - Wood Science. After graduating from Iowa State University he was hired by the Department of Forestry at North Carolina State University as an Extension specialist and assistant professor. He has served on the faculty at North Carolina State University since 1996 and has achieved the title of Full Professor. Over his career he has developed over 36 Extension programs and projects, conducted over 153 symposiums, workshops, webinars, trainings, and field days, given over 340 presentations, and has over 187 publications. Dr Bardon’s program areas have included urban and community forestry, woodlot management, family forestry, and timber marketing. His scholarly activities have focused on outreach and program delivery using both traditional methods and distance learning methods, educational needs assessment, development of program materials, and capturing lessons learned through program evaluation. Dr. Bardon has presented his work in Canada, Germany and throughout the United States, and has received 20 awards at the local, regional, and national level for his efforts in Extension and outreach. He is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension at North Carolina State University. His current appointment is Assistant Dean of Extension in the College of Natural Resources and Department Extension Leader in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. He is a registered forester with the State of North Carolina and a certified forester with the Society of American Foresters. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/12.
George Barker, President of Natural Resource Technologies, LLC, earned a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Florida and a MBA from Auburn University in Montgomery. Since starting a consulting business in 1989, George has actively pursued transferring technology to a usable level for a resource manager. George has 20 years of forestry experience, and is currently the manager of Natural Resource Technologies (NRT) and president of Natural Resource Consulting, Inc. (NRC.) NRT is a software development company that develops GIS software. He has been using GPS for over 12 years. Karen and George Barker have conducted GIS/GPS workshops and training sessions for the forest industry. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/00. Updated 04/05.
Karen Barker, Software Engineer, Natural Resource Technologies, LLC, earned a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of North Florida and a MBA from Auburn University in Montgomery. Karen has written computer software in a variety of applications ranging from telecommunications, banking, and military contractors. For the past seven years, she has programmed and utilized several GIS programs including AutoCad, ArcInfo (ArcView), and MapInfo. She and George Barker have conducted GIS/GPS workshops and training sessions for the forest industry. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/00. Updated 04/05.
Rebecca J. Barlow. As an Alabama Cooperative Extension System Specialist and Associate Professor at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Dr. Becky Barlow aids private forest landowners in the management of their property for multiple uses. Forestland management basics are a focus of her outreach work. She also works in the area of agroforestry research and extension to provide landowners with options for generating additional revenue from natural resources. In addition, she also teaches two upper level forest measurements courses at Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences where she incorporates forest technology in the classroom. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/12.
Jon E. Barry graduated from Clemson University with a Ph.D. in forest resources. He also holds a Masters in botany from the University of Arkansas and a bachelors degree from Harding University. Jon currently works for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service as a forestry specialist. He is stationed at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, Arkansas. In his position as an Extension specialist, Jon provides technical assistance and training materials for private landowners, county extension agents, and professional foresters. Before joining the Cooperative Extension Service, Jon worked for several years as a consulting forester. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/08.
Ryan Basinger of Alabama is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with Westervelt Wildlife Services and develops wildlife and property management plans for landowners on more than 350,000 acres across 14 states. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Mississippi State University and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science from The University of Tennessee, where he conducted research on forest management techniques to examine their effect on browse production, availability, preference, and nutrition for white-tailed deer, as well as nesting and brood-rearing habitat for wild turkeys. Ryan also has conducted extensive food plot research comparing production, nutrition, preference, and availability of various forages planted for deer. Ryan specializes in developing innovative habitat, food plot, and population management strategies for whitetails. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Lehman H. Bass graduated from Auburn University in 1975 with a BS in Forest Management. Leh began his forestry career as a wood procurement forester for Alabama Wood Products. He progressed to District Forester, Wood Procurement with Georgia Pacific. Leh worked as Asset Manager Pension Fund, first for Evergreen Timberlands and then for Resource Management Service. He formed Green South Land & Timber in 1996 and is currently President of the firm. Leh is a Registered Forester in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters and an ISA Certified Arborist. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/10.
Wayne Bassett is President of The Wildlife Group. Wayne has been growing and working with trees and shrubs for the past twelve years. The focus of The Wildlife Group has been wildlife habitat enhancement. Wayne and his brother Jimmy also own Beck’s Turf, Inc. which is a sod farm. Wayne has served as President of the Alabama Turfgrass Association and has served on the state Wildlife Committee for the Alabama Famers Federation. He has enjoyed God’s creation of the great outdoors all his life. Wayne understands that he is only a caregiver of the land for a short period of time and wants to make sure that he leaves the wildlife habitat in better shape than he found it. Over the past six years Wayne has spent a considerable amount of time looking for superior trees to add to The Wildlife Group. Wayne teamed up with Auburn University’s 75 year old Chinese Chestnut program and now the New AU Buck Chestnut Package and the Turkey Package has been introduced. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/08.
Sylvia K. Bates is currently a land conservation consultant and broker from New Hampshire. She assists non-profit conservation organizations, private landowners and public agencies with conservation projects and related initiatives. Ms. Bates designed and taught a summer course for law students on land trusts at the Vermont Law School and has worked with landowners in the negotiation of conservation easements since 1989. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Source: Pradcom Course Description, 4/00.
Martin Battilana of Monroeville Alabama is a full time trapper contracting in southwestern Alabama for private land owners and various government agencies. Presently most of his work is centered in Clark County with Scotch Lumber of Fulton Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
Mark David Bedsole. After graduating with a degree in Forestry from Auburn University in 2000, Mark went to work with Georgia Pacific Corporation as a Procurement Forester. He was also the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) contact for the West Alabama and East Mississippi Region. Being the SFI contact for the region, Mark was able to gain valuable experience by actively participating in third party environmental audits to help GP gain their SFI label. In September 2007, Mark helped form Canebrake Forestry LLC. Canebrake Forestry LLC is a small forestry company made up of three Registered Foresters. Mark is a Registered Forester in both Alabama and Mississippi. Mark is also a Certified Burn Manager in Alabama. In 2008-2009, he earned a Real Estate License (Inactive) and a Trainee Real Property Appraiser License (Inactive) in the State of Alabama. In June of 2009, Mark started hosting a 30-minute local talk radio show (Forestry Views) on 104.9 FM WSLY Fox Sports Radio out of York, Alabama. The idea behind Forestry Views is to help educate landowners as well as the general public about the important role the forestry business has in the Southeast. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/09.
Bob Beeland is the senior business education specialist with The University of Georgia Business Outreach Services. Mr. Beeland has held a variety of positions in the textile, petroleum, and pulp/paper industries. He began as an industrial engineer, then moved into sales, consulting, training, and administration. He was also an executive with a large international association related to the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Beeland has taught thousands of entrepreneurs through programs sponsored by local organizations, businesses, and state associations. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 1/01.
Mark Beeler is a 1975 graduate from Mississippi State University, receiving a BS in Forestry. Following his graduation, Mark served as a forester for a timber company in Arkansas. As a district forester managing 35,000 acres of forest land, he implemented the largest site preparation and reforestation program in the company’s history. He spent the next several years working in a variety of forestry positions with private industry and state agencies. Mark has been employed with The University of Alabama as University Forester since January, 1989. He has served with the Alabama Forestry Commission as a Forest Product Specialist and he assisted the Alabama Development Office in Montgomery in the attraction of new wood-related industries, market development and expansion for existing industries. Mark is a Registered Forester in the State of Alabama and a member of the Society of American Foresters, Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Forest Owners Association. Mark has been married to his wife, Robbie, for 35 years and they have 3 children and one grandchild. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/12.
James M. Beers retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service after 30 years. Jim served as a wildlife biologist, wetlands biologist, special agent, and refuge manager. After working for the Utah Fish & Game and spending four years as a Reserve Officer in the US Navy, he joined the US Fish & Wildlife Service and was stationed in Devils Lake, North Dakota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Island, Nebraska; New York City; and Washington, DC. While in Washington Jim was a Congressional Fellow, the Chief of Operations for the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Program Coordinator for the Animal Damage Control Program, and for his final seven years he was the wildlife biologist in the Central Office who served as Project Officer on nearly all national wildlife projects funded with Pittman-Robertson money. Appointees of the Clinton Administration cleansed the US Fish and Wildlife Service of many wildlife management biologists like Jim to replace them with new age employees who supported eliminating the management of plants and animals for sustainable uses as spelled out in laws. Jim resisted and eventually testified before Congress about how the Service was misusing millions of dollars intended for state wildlife management programs to do things prohibited by Congress. This was being done in collusion with animal rights and environmental organizations. After spending ten months at home with full pay and no work assignment, Jim Beers accepted a cash settlement and retired in 1999. He holds a Bachelors in Wildlife Resources from Utah State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/03.
William Bentley is the principal of Salmon Brook Associates in North Granby CT. He recently retired as Professor of Forest Policy and Management at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse NY, where he was the Forestry Chair. Bill spent half his career with forestry schools, including Michigan and Yale. The other half was with a variety of private sector organizations, including Manager Forestry Research, Crown Zellerbach Corporation, Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in India, and Senior Program Officer with Winrock International in Arkansas. He recently served as chair/facilitator of the Blue Ribbon Panel on America’s Forest Research Policy, which was housed with Connecticut Forest & Parks Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/04.
Clinton J. Bentz, CPA, CMA is a Member with Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, LLC, a
full-service CPA firm with offices located in Albany, Salem and Stayton, Oregon. He is both a Certified
Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. A large part of his practice is devoted to serving
the special needs of agricultural and forestry clients.
Clint is a popular speaker and author on estate planning and taxation issues for both lay audiences and tax professionals. His most recent work is entitled “Ties to the Land: Your Family Forest Heritage” published in partnership with the OSU Extension Service and the Austin Family Business Program.
Clint is the National Chairman of the American Tree Farm System, and is the first family forest landowner to hold this post in the organization’s 65 year history. He is also a Trustee of the American Forest Foundation, and a board member of the Oregon Tree Farm System. He is a member and advisor to the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. He is an Oregon Master Woodland Manager, and is President of the Oregon Aquaculture Association. He recently helped re-write Oregon’s property tax program for small woodland owners.
Clint lives in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with his wife and six children. Source:?Personal Résumé, 1/08.
Sam Berry is a Technical Specialist for Forestry Suppliers, Inc. located in Jackson, MS. He is a native of Gulfport, MS and a Graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Forest Management. Sam worked as a County Forester for the Mississippi Forestry Commission for several years where some of his responsibilities included forest management of State owned lands, private landowner assistance with cost sharing programs, prescribed burning, and wildfire coordinator for Jackson Co, MS. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/05.
Paula Best, CPCU, Unit Claim Manager for Southeastern Claims and the Davis-Garvin Companies. Paula has been in the insurance industry 20+ years. She has been with Travelers and Aetna companies before joining Southeastern Claims Service. Paula is experienced in Property Claims; Casualty Claims, Liability Claims and Catastrophe Claims. She is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida and earned her Charter Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1994. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Pete Bettinger is a professor in the School of Forestry at the University of Georgia. He has worked for forestry companies in the southern and western United States, and has taught at Oregon State University and the University of Georgia. His interests lie in forest planning and geographic information systems, and he is currently involved in a hurricane response project for the Department of Defense. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/09.
Larry Bishop is the Forest Management and Taxation Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Southern Region, Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a BS in Forest Management and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Source: Marion County Forestry Planning Committee Course Description, 7/99.
Craig Franklin Blair is President and CEO of
Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS), with responsibility for the company’s
investments and operating businesses in the United States, Australia, Brazil,
China and New Zealand. As President, he leads an experienced team of forestry
and financial professionals that manage a global timberland portfolio of over $4
Before assuming his current role, Craig directed RMS’ investment management team with responsibility for investment strategy, research, business development, portfolio management and client relations. Over a 30-year career he has held a variety of positions at RMS and in the forest products industry, with experience in acquisitions, resource planning, forest management and wood procurement.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Forestry degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. He is Chairman of RMS’ Board of Managers and Investment Committee and currently serves as a board member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI) and the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO).
Founded in 1950, RMS is a privately-held timberland investment firm serving pension funds, endowments, foundations and family offices. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Donald Van Blaricom brings a solid knowledge of forestry and management practices to teaching GIS from his work with consulting foresters and landowners. Donald has extensive experience applying GIS technologies to forestry and natural resource management. He works with the FORS Institute as a GIS analyst. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 5/00.
Dave Bolin is an Assistant Oil and Gas Supervisor for the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama and currently serves as the Head of the Technical Operations and Ground Water Protection Division. Dave began his state employment with the Geological Survey in 1979 and transferred to the Board in 1982. His educational background includes a BS degree from The University of Kentucky, an MS degree in Soil Physics with an Environmental Specialty, and a PhD in Ground Water Hydrology from The Ohio State University. He also received a second Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/05.
Bruce E. Borders is a professor of Forest Mensuration and Inventory at The University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, where he is the Director of the Consortium for Accelerated Pine Production. During the past twenty years, Dr. Borders has been involved in forest research aimed at quantifying the effects of different silvicultural practices on growth and yield of southern pines. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 2/99.
Jeroen H. F. Kaijser Bots was born in The Netherlands and moved to the USA in 1995. He obtained his MBA from Western Carolina University in 1996 where he specialized in marketing & small business. He is the owner of Pine Needles International, which is closely affiliated with Southern Pine Needles, one of the larger pine straw wholesalers in the Southeast. PNI was started in 2003 as a direct response to the extreme shortage in the pine needle industry. Jeroen's goal is to educate and promote individual forest owners to start their own pine needle harvesting operation. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/03.
Tom Bourland is vice president of Crawford and Bourland, Inc., a forestry, wildlife and environmental consulting firm in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to forming Crawford and Bourland, Tom was the Manager of Wildlife Ecology for International Paper's mid-south region which contained 2.3 million acres in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. Tom is frequently called upon to lead seminars and to provide expert testimony on wetland regulations and endangered species, including testifying before the 104th Congress on Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform. His articles on the ESA have recently been published in the Journal of Forestry, Forest Landowner and The Consultant. Tom has presented over 60 papers on such topics as wildlife conservation, endangered species, wetlands, regulatory reform, corporate environmental management, and forestry best management practices. Tom is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a Registered Forester in Mississippi and Alabama. He is a member, board member, and/or committee member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Wildlife Society, the Society of American Foresters, and the Louisiana Forestry Association. He is past president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He also serves on the board of the Sand County Foundation which oversees the management of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/99.
Jack Boykin received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in 1961 and did Masters Studies in Management Science at the University of South Alabama in 1971. He did Postgraduate Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in 1963 and received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Huntingdon College in 1993. Mr. Boykin served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1965. He currently serves as Chairman/CEO of Cello Energy, LLC and Chairman/CEO of Boykin Trust, LLC. He is a member of the State of Alabama Industrial Council of Engineering Education and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Private Industries Council of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Mr. Boykin is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Emeritus, of Huntingdon College and a Member and former Chairman of the Auburn University Alumni Engineering Advisory Council. He is a Former Member of the National Development Fund, Chairman, Research Foundation of Auburn and Former Chairman of the State of Alabama Ethics Commission. Mr. Boykin received Huntingdon College's Golden Hawk Award for American Free Enterprise and the Eagle Scout Award and God and Country Award from Boy Scouts of America. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/09.
Doug Boylan has over twenty five years of electric utility experience at Southern Company in a variety of research areas related to power plant performance. His studies have included cooling towers and other power plant heat rejection systems, vibration analysis and equipment diagnostics, combustion and alternative fuels programs, and investigation of biomass co-firing as a renewable energy source. Currently he is a Consulting Research Engineer in Southern Company’s Research and Environmental Affairs Organization. Doug earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Tulane University. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/02.
Dr. David Bransby is a Professor of Energy Crops and Bioenergy in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University in Alabama. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of bioenergy, is a national leader in research on switchgrass, other energy crops, and bioenergy in general, and has an international reputation for his work at Auburn. Dr. Bransby is author or co-author on over 300 technical publications, and has attracted over $7 million in grant money to fund his research. He has been involved in both small and commercial scale projects, serves on the editorial boards of two international bioenergy journals, and acts as a consultant for several private companies in the emerging cellulosic biofuel industry. In September of 2006 Dr. Bransby briefed President Bush and Alabama Governor Bob Riley in Birmingham, Alabama, on development of the cellulosic biofuels industry, and in February 2007 he was invited to the White House for further discussions on this topic with the President and Secretary of Energy, Sam Bodman. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/08.
Walter Bready is the Georgia Trails Education Specialist, taking on this position in 2005. He worked for 24 years in the computer service business, and more recently serves in a field staff position for the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. He had worked on natural surface trails for many years and then in 2001 completed crew leader training, studying trail design and crew leadership with Mike Riter. Walter currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia and travels the Southeastern region of the International Mountain Bicycling Association to promote the sport of mountain biking to trail enthusiasts and advocacy groups. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Tom Brickman helps people buy, sell and care for rural land through the companies of Land Smart Resourcessm. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Tom has 35 years experience in the land investment & management businesses. He is a Registered Forester, Certified General Appraiser and Real Estate Broker in the state of Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/11.
John Britt is a consulting forester who helps individual and institutional forest landowners meet their varied and multiple forestland ownership objectives. Prior to establishing John Britt & Associates, John spent over eighteen years with forest industry working on company and individually owned lands. John Britt & Associates provides a wide range of timber management services from regeneration to harvest and other forest management services to enhance the non-timber related benefits that you want to enjoy on your property. John is a forester with degrees from Clemson and Auburn Universities and is renowned for his expertise in forest regeneration and timber productivity improvement. During John’s career with forest industry he conducted applied research on the use of herbicides, seedling quality, and spatial arrangement of seedlings during planting, some of the results of John’s research can be seen in the forestry literature. John lives in Harris County, Georgia and has held appointments to the County Planning Commission and the State Board of Registration for Foresters. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/10.
Michael Brooks is the Associate Director of the
Alabama International Trade Center (AITC), an economic development program of
the University of Alabama designed to help new and existing small businesses
increase their exports. The AITC utilizes professional staff, students, and
industry consultants to help businesses enter and start selling in foreign
markets. It also serves as a resource for local, state, and regional
organizations on international business research and development projects.
Michael has been with the Trade Center since 1998, and leads several Center programs including business development, trade counseling, and export financing. His recent work for the Center has focused on the food products industry where he has organized a number of successful trade missions between exporters and foreign buyers from a number of emerging markets. In 2007 he was honored as the State Star for Alabama, an award granted by the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network that recognizes exemplary performance and contribution to the small business community. In that same year he was the first person in Alabama to achieve the CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional) designation established by NASBITE International. In 2010 he served as the interim state director for Alabama SBDC Network’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which seeks to grow Alabama’s economy by helping existing businesses identify, bid on and win military and other federal contracts.
Brooks, a native of Slidell, Louisiana, received an MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from The University of Alabama. He currently serves on the board of directors for the AlabamaGermany Partnership and the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA), and is an active member of the Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) and the Alabama India Business Partnership (AIBP). Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Hayes D. Brown is a lawyer practicing in Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained his law degree from Cumberland School of Law and is a partner with Monroe, Trippe, Brown & Adair. A substantial portion of his practice deals with business and forestry related matters. Hayes is a graduate of the Auburn University School of Forestry and a recipient of the E. A. Hauss Forestry Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. He is a past president of the Alabama Forest Owners' Association and currently serves as its General Counsel. He is a woodland owner and regularly deals with timber sales, site prep and planting, hunting leases, and deals with the sometimes complex relationships with his 152 neighbors. Hayes is married and has 5 children from ages 14 years to 3 years. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/02.
Paul T. Brown is a professional wildlife and outdoor photographer. You have seen his work on the cover and in articles in Alabama Wildlife hundreds of times. Paul has also published two coffee table wildlife photography books, Paul Brown's Wild Visions and Wildlife of the South. Both have awed people across the U.S. Source: Alabama Wildlife Federation Seminar Description, 6/00.
R. B. "Bear" Brown of Valley Head, Alabama is a long-time timber-man and saw-miller. After two years of planting Paulownia, he says, "I do not intend to ever plant another Pine tree.” Nestled in a valley head in the southern Cumberland Plateau Mountains is where R. B. Brown and his sons make their home, living off the land and its rich timber resources. Timber has always been a way of life with the Browns. The Browns recently hosted the annual American Paulownia Association Conference and Field Day, where they exhibited everything from their Paulownia plantation trees to their hand-made Paulownia furniture in their fabulous, wood-paneled homes. Considering themselves “timber folks,” because timber has been good to the Browns. They have planted, and reforested with most of the native species, propagating many of the seedlings from their on-farm, tree nursery. They have old, established pine plantations growing in the valley, and most recently plantation Paulownia. The Browns also manage hundreds of acres of native forest on their lands. They have logged, sawmilled and split rails for fences. Source: http://www.tropaul.com/bear.htm
Rick Bruin was born and raised in and around Pendleton County, Kentucky on August 1, 1959. He graduated high school in 1977, joined the U.S. Navy at seventeen, where he served 20 years, and retired from active duty at 38. He retired to central Alabama and began utilizing goats to assist in land reclamation, on a farm located in Coosa County, Alabama. Following the death of his first wife, Patricia, he relocated back to his home state of Kentucky and continued developing marketing, land utilization programs, breeding programs and health care practices to assist fellow producers in Kentucky to expand and make more profitable the growing goat industry in his region. He has been actively raising goats as his main livestock interest for a little over 7 years. He has recently located Walking Stick Acres back to Coosa County, and plans to demonstrate new land maintenance and management techniques for the improvement of not only traditional agricultural land, but commercial properties and timber forests as well. Rick is a former member of the Meat Goat Marketing Task Force for the Department of Agriculture, in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is currently a member of the Northern Kentucky Goat Producers Association, American Boer Goat Association, and the International Boer Goat Association. Recently, he as been approached by the Community Farm Alliance to help establish an in-state marketing infrastructure. The Community Farm Alliance is a agricultural lobbying group for the farmers. Source: Personal Résumé, 05/04, updated 08/04.
David W. Bryant, Jr. "Winston" is president of Foothills Timber Company in Heflin , Alabama and has been actively involved with the buying and selling of forest products in East Central Alabama for over 24 years. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/11.
Danny Bryant graduated from Mississippi State University in December 1984 with a degree in Forestry. He went to work for the Mississippi Forestry Commission in April of 1985 as a Forester Trainee and then worked as County Forester in several different counties over the next 13 years. In 1998, Danny moved into the Forest Protection Division and became Fire Training Officer in 2000. He serves as Course Coordinator and/or Lead Instructor for many beginner and intermediate fire training courses each year. Danny has been involved with the MSU Prescribed Burning Short Course since 1999. In 1989, he became involved in western fire details and worked up through crew and single resource positions. He has served as Division/Group Supervisor on the Southern Area Incident Management Team (Red Team) since 1999 and was certified as Type 2 Operations Section Chief in 2003. Danny lives in Madison, Mississippi with his wife and two children ages 7 and 9. Source: Personal Résumé, 09/03.
Roger Bryant is a Consulting Forester and owner of Genesis Forest Management based in Smyrna, GA. Roger is also a blogger at ForestGeek.com, a blog focusing on forestry and technology news, product and service reviews, tips & tricks of the trade, and random musings with a forestry spin. Genesis Forest Management is a forestry consulting firm serving most of North Georgia and East Alabama. Roger has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University in Atlanta, GA. Roger is a Registered Forester and has over 15 years of experience in forestry research, timber procurement, and land management. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/12.
Steve Bullard is internationally recognized as an authority on forest economics and the applied issues of forest valuation and investment analysis. Steve has published widely in scientific and professional journals such as Forest Science, the Journal of Forestry, the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, and the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. He has also published widely in Forest Landowner, Tree Talk and other magazines for private forest landowners. His recently published workbook Basic Concepts in Forest Valuation and Investment Analysis is becoming the standard reference on this important topic. Dr. Bullard is a research forester with the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University (MSU), and a full time professor in MSU's academic Department of Forestry. He currently leads a research project on the economics of commercial timber production on private lands in the South. Steve received his bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry and forest economics from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in forest economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and is a registered Forester in Mississippi. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 4/99, and Mississippi State University Continuing Education Course Description, 9/99.
Daniel Bumgarner is a Graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management and a partner in the Demopolis based wildlife management company, Wildlife Management Services, LLC. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/01.
Steven G. Burak, President of Sizemore & Sizemore Inc., holds a B.S.F. and M.F. degrees from Rutgers University and Duke University, resp. He holds the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, is a registered forester in five states, and is a certified general real estate appraiser in four states. Steve has taught short courses and workshops on timberland appraisal throughout the U.S. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/99.
L. Wes Burger is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Mississippi State University. His research interests include bobwhite population ecology and response of early successional bird species to forest and agricultural management regimes. Click here for more details. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/01.
Bryan Burhans is Director of Land Management Programs for the National Wild Turkey Federation. He oversees the NWTF’s private lands outreach program, Wild Turkey Woodlands, as well as the Conservation Seed, Seed Subsidy and Project Help programs. He also works with partnerships with Natural Resources Conservation Service and state and private forestry agencies. He received his Assoc. of Science and B.S. degree in Wildlife Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Frostburg State University. His graduate research examined the winter habitat use by wild turkeys in western Virginia. Bryan has also worked as a wildlife biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/04.
James S. Burling is an attorney with Pacific
Legal Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt public interest legal Foundation. The
Foundation was formed in 1973 to litigate nationwide in defense of individual
and economic freedoms and to represent responsible citizens supporting sound
environmental and land use litigation. Before becoming an attorney with Pacific
Legal Foundation, Mr. Burling was employed as an exploration geologist for AMAX
Exploration in Tucson from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Burling later attended the
University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, where he served as an editor for
the Law Review and received a J.D. degree in 1983. He had previously received a
Masters degree in geological sciences from Brown University and an undergraduate
degree from Hamilton College in New York. Mr. Burling has worked with Pacific
Legal Foundation since 1983, litigating cases from Alaska to Florida. Mr.
Burling is currently a principal in the Foundation's Property Rights Practice
Group. Mr. Burling litigates in a wide variety of private property, natural
resource, public land, and environmental legal issues. He has been a frequent
lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and is a planning co-chair for
the American Law Institute - American Bar Association's continuing legal
education seminar on regulatory takings, Inverse Condemnation and Related
Government Liability. He has also organized Federalist Society seminars on
property rights. Mr. Burling is also a frequent guest lecturer before community
and property rights organizations on subjects ranging from the regulation of
wetlands and endangered species, federal land policy, zoning, regulatory
exactions, the public trust doctrine, and the "taking" of private property. On
February 26, 2001, Mr. Burling successfully argued a major property rights case,
Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Burling
is married to Angela Burling and resides with his family in Sacramento.
James S. Burling, Private Property Rights and the Environment after Palazzolo, 30 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 1 (2002)
James S. Burling, The Latest Take on Background Principles and the States' Law of Property After Lucas and Palazzolo, 24 University of Hawaii Law Review 497 (2002)
James S. Burling, Can the Existence of Value in Property Avert a Regulatory Taking When Economically Beneficial Use Has Been Destroyed?, in Takings Sides on Takings Issues: Public and Private Perspectives, (Thomas Roberts, ed. 2002)
James S. Burling, Protecting Property Rights in Aquatic Resources After Lucas, in Water Law--Trends, Policies, and Practice (Kathleen Marion Carr and James D. Crammond, eds., 1995)
James S. Burling, Property Rights, Endangered Species, Wetlands, and Other Critters--Is it Against Nature to Pay for a Taking?, 27 Land and Water Law Review 309 (1992) Source: Personal Résumé, 10/03.
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is one of the
country's leading authorities on energy and environmental issues.
He is the lead analyst of the National Center for Policy Analysis' E-Team -- one of the largest collections of energy and environmental policy experts and scientists who believe that sound science, economic prosperity and protecting the environment can go hand in hand.
Burnett routinely discusses energy and environmental policy on national television and radio networks, including CNN Headline News, Fox News, and CNBC. His commentaries and articles have appeared in publications such as USA Today, The Washington Times, Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald.
A recognized scholar, Burnett has written on numerous topics that affect every American, including government environmental policy, offshore drilling, global warming, endangered species, and public lands.
He has held various positions in professional and public policy organizations, including serving as a member of the Environment and Natural Resources Task Force in the Texas Comptroller's e-Texas commission, board of directors of the Dallas Woods and Water Conservation Club, and advisor for the American Legislative Exchange Council's Natural Resources Task Force.
Burnett received his Ph.D. in 2001 from Bowling Green State University. He also received degrees from Southern Methodist University. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/12.
Debbie Burns is the vice president of public affairs for the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association. The SLMA, based in Forest Park, Georgia, represents family owned lumber manufacturers across the southeast. The 250 member companies collectively produce 5 billion board feet of pine and hardwood lumber annually. Debbie has managed the association's government affairs and communications programs since 1993. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/01.
Bill Bush[ ] owns and operates Bush Creek Plantation in Clayton, Alabama. Bush's family first settled in Alabama's Black Belt more than 150 years ago, growing cotton, peanuts and whatever it took to make a living. Five years ago [he] realized the wildlife on [his] property presented a potential profit and began promoting Bush Creek Plantation. The Bush family lives in the lodge year-round and shares the common areas with hunters, who are treated more like family than customers. Source: Progressive Farmer, April 2001.
Brett J. Butler, a research forester at the
USDA Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station and the coordinator for the
National Woodland Owner Survey, is increasingly being recognized as a national
expert on private landowners in the U.S. His research focuses on survey methods
for collecting information from private forest-land owners, analyzing trends in
private forest-land owners and the land that they own, and studying the factors
that influence decisions made by private landowners.
Following receipt of an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management and Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Mr. Butler worked as a research ecologist on the Robins Island Preserve in Long Island, New York. The work on Robins Island built upon his previous experiences including research conducted in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Mr. Butler is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Forest Science from Oregon State University. He is studying the interaction between biologic and social systems which will culminate with his dissertation, “Chaos in a Predictable World: The Story of Oregon’s Big Elk Valley.”
After modeling forest cover dynamics as part of the Renewable Resource Planning Act Assessment with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, Mr. Butler accepted the position of coordinator for the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) at the Northeastern Research Station in 2000. The NWOS is charged with determining who owns the forests of the U.S., why these people own forests, and what the future of the forests are. Being a part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis work unit means that in addition to being responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of the National Woodland Owner Survey, Mr. Butler is also responsible for analyzing the results of forest inventories. He is responsible for analyzing trends in the forest resources of Southern New England.
Mr. Butler lives in East Coventry, Pennsylvania with his wife Anna, daughter Molly, and is expecting another child in early April. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/02.
Talmadge Butler is the Superintendent of DeSoto State Park. He is a native of Alabama and grew up in Marshall County near Boaz. Mr. Butler attended Snead State Jr. College, the University of Montevallo and Birmingham School of Law. He has been with Alabama State Parks for 29 years and at DeSoto State Park for 17 years. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Dan Byfield serves as president of the American
Land Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to the protection
of constitutional principles, free enterprise, property rights and liberty. With
the assistance of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, Dan created the American Land
Foundation in 1994. For six years prior, he served as a lobbyist for the Texas
Farm Bureau in Austin overseeing all natural resource, property rights and water
Dan has co-written and produced two television video productions documenting the traumatic effects environmental laws have on individual freedom and uses of land in America. They are Who Owns the Land? When the Environment Collides With the Constitution and Standing Ground: People, Property and Power. Both have been aired on national cable television networks, including PBS, and have received communication’s awards for effectiveness.
Dan also serves as president of Liberty Matters, a grassroots organization with a national network of organizations and individuals who receive a bi-weekly news service on current events and legislation affecting private property.
A four-year tennis letterman, Dan graduated from the University of Texas with a journalism degree, specializing in public relations and has a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
Dan is married to Margaret Hage, daughter of Wayne and Jean Hage, has two daughters, Amber and Aubrey, and a son,
Britton, that live with him in Taylor, Texas. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/03.
Margaret Hage Byfield was raised on Pine Creek Ranch, a large cattle operation located in central Nevada where her family battled against the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in what became the landmark case, Hage v. United States. In 1992, she helped start Stewards of the Range, a national property rights organization based in Idaho and Texas that defends the property rights of small landowners. She serves as Executive Director of Stewards of the Range, Vice President of Liberty Matters which publishes the weekly Liberty Matters News Service, and co-produce the recently released Taking Liberty web based program. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/05.
Charles Robert Byrd received a BS degree in Forestry from Auburn University. Chuck has been employed by Chartered Foresters since 1998. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/99.
Milam Cain of Tuscaloosa is a graduate of the University of Alabama's Business School. He is self-employed in many pursuits, including timber management, farming, real-estate, and serving as Chairman of Tuscaloosa County's Forestry Planning Committee. Cain enjoys computers, camping, hunting. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
Wade Camp is the Director of Market Services at the Southern Forest Products Association. Wade received a B.S. in Forestry from Purdue University, an M.F. in Forestry from Duke University and an M.B.A. from University Dallas. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/03.
Tim Capps is a Business Management graduate of North Carolina State University and has spent the last fifteen years as a contract logger. He is part of the third generation in his family of timber professionals in Warren County, North Carolina. His grandfather started Amos Capps Pulpwood Co. back in the early forties and his father and uncles are NCSU graduate foresters. His father, Clint Capps started a mechanical thinning operation in the seventies when others were saying that it could not be done. He also pioneered the herring bone style of mechanical thinning that is in wide use today, which helps the logger to remove the undesirable trees with much less damage to the residual stand. A year and a half ago, Tim hung up his logging boots to pursue his passion for helping landowners to have a better form of communication with the best of what the timber industry has to offer. www.TimberConnections.com is the result of his unique approach. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/11.
Quang V. Cao is associate professor of forestry, School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Cao received his M.S. in statistics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in forest biometrics from Virginia Tech University. He has been with LSU since 1981, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in forest mensuration and biometrics. He has conducted extensive research in growth and yield modeling of forest stands. Source: Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Course Description, 4/00.
Tom Carignan is President of Carignan Forestry
Consultants, Inc. of Prattville, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of
Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management.
Tom has worked as a logger, as a field technician for the US Forest Service, and as District Manager for a south-wide forest management company. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and the Alabama Forestry Association. He is a Certified Forester®, an Alabama Certified Burn Manager, a Certified Tree Farm Inspector, a Certified Tree Farm 3rd-party Lead Auditor, and is licensed to practice forestry in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Tom currently serves as the 2008 Chair of the Alabama Division of the Society of American Foresters.
Tom lives in Millbrook, Alabama with his wife Tricia and five children, where they attend Journey Church. He enjoys outdoor activities and volunteering for non-profit conservation and education groups. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/08
Carl E. Carlson, Jr. is president of Carlson Land Services, Inc. Carlson Land Services is a consulting forestry firm located in Montgomery, Alabama. Eddie is a 1983 graduate of Auburn University in Forest Management. He is a registered forester in Alabama and a licensed real estate broker in Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/03.
Robert B. Carr, III is an Alabama Licensed
Professional Geologist. Bob is having a distinguished geological career since he
was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1973. As president of Coal Carr,
Inc., his geological consulting firm established in 1991, he has principally
been involved in the coal industry. In addition to consulting with coal mining
companies, coal property owners and coal burning utilities, Bob’s work
experience also includes coal marketing, coal sales, transportation logistics,
appraising coal under new right of ways for the Alabama Department of
Transportation, expert witness testimony, appraising limestone, sand and gravel
for surface and/or mineral landowners, land management, negotiating mining
contracts and negotiating lease contracts. Bob lists the following professional
and personal affiliations:
* Vice Chair and Board Member of the AL State Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists from 2003 to 2009.
* Licensed Professional Geologist (LPG), AL State Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists, License Number 18.
* Certified Professional Geologist (CPG), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), Certificate Number 8465.
* Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Alabama Section. Past Chairman and Past Member of the Board of Directors.
* Alabama Geological Society.
* American Institute of Professional Geologists, Vice President, AL Section.
* Church Board of Directors, Past Chairman, Church Choir since 1973.
* Treasurer, AL Quail Hunters, Inc. since 2002. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/09.
David F. Carroll, Vice President, A. B. Carroll Lumber Company, received a BS in Forest Management and an MS in Wildlife Management from Auburn University. During his career, David has held positions in procurement, land management, sawmill administration and management, and quality control. He is also the owner of Environmental Forestry Company, a consulting company providing forest and wildlife management services to private and corporate clients. David is a Registered Forester and a licensed Real Estate Agent in Alabama. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/99.
Walter E. Cartwright currently serves as Assistant Director, Forest Management Division, Alabama Forestry Commission. He obrained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Management from Auburn University in 1974. He has over 16 years service with State government, where he previously served as Director of the Mining and Reclamation Division in the Dept. of Industrial Relations, including an aggressive reforestation program. He also has 15 years experience with forest industry working as General Manager of Three Rivers, Inc. in Columbus, MS; Regional Manager with Timberland Harvesters for Northwest Alabama and Northeast MS; Field Auditor, Truckwood Procurement Representative, Area Forester and Area Resource Forester with MacMillan Bloedel, Inc. in Pine Hill, AL; and Procurement Manager with D & D Lumber Co., Inc. in Brantley, AL. Source: Personal Résumé, 07/05.
Anthony J. Cascio is Manager of Investment Research at Resource Management Service, LLC. Tony leads the firm's research efforts into understanding the risk and return relationships of timberland, both for portfolios of geographically diverse lands, and within portfolios of other financial assets. Tony also examines the timber supply, demand and price dynamics of the markets where RMS manages assets. He is currently serving a two-year term as Chair of the NCREIF Timberland Committee. Prior to joining RMS, he was the Forest Planning Manager for Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation, and was responsible for the harvest scheduling, economic and financial analyses of the firm's timberlands. Most recently, Tony received a Ph.D. in Forestry Finance from the University of Georgia. He also has a M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from James Madison University. Source: Personal Résumé, 06/10.
Linda Casey is the State Forester of Alabama.
Linda was appointed as the State Forester in February 2007. She has had a career
in forestry spanning over three decades, with extensive experience in both
industry and government.
In her role as State Forester, she directs the supervision of over 263 Alabama Forestry Commission employees in protecting the forests of Alabama, providing professional technical assistance to landowners, and educating all citizens regarding the importance of forests in our environment. Linda’s knowledge, skills, and vision have brought the agency to the forefront in many forestry-related issues, practices, and programs. While diligently leading her team of professionals, she is continually striving to improve the effectiveness of services delivered to forest landowners.
Prior to assuming the top forestry position in Alabama, Linda was employed with International Paper Company. She retired from “IP” in 2006 with more than 34 years of service. In her last position with the company, she was Manager of Fiber Supply, overseeing procurement operations for eight paper mills in New York, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia.
Linda was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she was taught to be self-sufficient and developed a strong work ethic.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is a Licensed Forester in both Alabama and Mississippi.
During her career with International Paper, she met and married her husband John. John, now retired, was a social worker and a strong advocate for children and the mentally retarded during his career. They live in Prattville, Alabama and enjoy fishing and spending time with their three children and two grandchildren, Arlo and Ezra.
It is Linda’s goal to leave the Commission as a more effective, customer focused and efficient agency than when she arrived.
Professional Affiliations include: American Forest Foundation, Independent Standards Review Panel, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Executive Review Panel, National Association of State Foresters (NASF), NASF Executive Committee, NASF Forest Resource Management Committee, Society of American Foresters, Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF), Chair 2011-2012, SGSF Water Quality Committee Liaison, Alabama Consortium on Forestry Education and Research, Alabama Forestry Council, Alabama Natural Resources Council, Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Advisory Council, Forests Forever Board of Directors, Forever Wild Board of Directors, and Mosley Environmental Achievement Awards Committee. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Gary Casper is an animal nuisance control expert with Predator Control & Conservation. He has forty years experience as a trapper and twenty-five years experience as a deer management expert. He is responsible for county-wide beaver control in Mobile County and also works with many other municipalities with wildlife and domestic animal problems. He served for two years as co-Chair of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Mobile Bay Natural Estuary Program, and in 2000, received his certificate as Hunter/Education instructor. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/05.
Jim Cathcart is a forester with a strong
background in forest policy, management planning and economics. He currently
works in the Policy Unit of the Forestry Assistance Program. Besides managing
the Forest Resource Trust (a financial assistance program for reforesting
under-producing lands), Jim works on forestry and carbon initiates and is the
staff lead for the proposed Forest Legacy program (a program designed to
conserve forestland for forestry purposes through the acquisition of non-forest
Jim received his Ph.D. in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1989. Jim also holds a M.S. in Forest Economics from the University of Idaho and received his B.S. in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University in California. Jim has been with the Oregon Department of Forestry for over four years. He also has worked as a consultant (woodland inventory analysis for the Navajo Nation), for a private timberlands manager, The Campbell Group (communication and environmental affairs), the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs (environmental policy specialist) and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (timber supply analysis). Jim is an active member of the Oregon Society of American Foresters and is a Certified Forester. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Jeff Caubble is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a B.S. Degree in Forestry. He is a forestry consultant and nursery manager at Five Oaks Nursery. Jeff manages 8,000 acres of bottomland hardwood and green tree reservoir for both timber and wildlife, mainly targeting waterfowl. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/03.
Jon P. Caulfield is President of Timberland Fiduciary Research, a consulting firm serving the timberland investment management industry. He received a B.S. in Forest Management from ?? Science and Forestry, a M.S. in Forest Economics from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from North Carolina State University. His career began in 1975 when he worked as a forester with the South African Department of Forestry. He was a member of the Auburn University School of Forestry faculty for eight years, where he was Assistant, and later Associate Professor. From 1992 to 1996, Jon was Vice President and Senior Forest Economist at Wachovia Timberland Investment Management, in Atlanta. From 1996 to 2000 he was Professor of Forest Finance at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources. He was also Vice President, Research and Investment Strategy for TimberVest, LLC, a timberland investment management company based in Woodstock, Georgia. Jon has authored numerous articles on forest finance and management. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Forest Products Society. Jon is a Registered Forester in Georgia, and Chairman of the SAF Georgia Division in 2000. Jon’s views on timberland investing have appeared in publications which include the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments, Institutional Investor, Plan Sponsor Magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Tony Chandler is the Fire Prevention/Law Enforcement Specialist for the Southwest Region of the Alabama Forestry Commission who operates out of Brewton, Alabama. In addition, he also led a Law Enforcement/Prevention Sweep in north Mobile County. Believing that the best defense in problem areas is a good offense, Chandler's record of long investigative hours, detailed investigative work, careful interviewing techniques, and determination to put an end to the 'arson sport' in some of these areas has made a definite impact. He recommended two witnesses to receive cash rewards under the Alabama Loggers' Council's REWARDS Program. Seeing the importance and value of fire prevention in the Wildland/Urban Interface, he works closely with the Southwest Alabama WUI Advisory Council. He made an impressive fire prevention presentation for the USDA Forest Service review team in the summer of 2004, focusing on law enforcement as a major fire prevention tool. Finally, he was actively involved in improving the quality of work of the AFC's law enforcement personnel, as well as the officers' image in court and public settings. He also helped in drafting new affidavits and new bail bond arrest tickets. Chandler began his career with the Commission in 1985 as a Forest Ranger II in Jefferson County. In 1986, he transferred to his home county, Crenshaw, where in March of 2002 he received a promotion to Forestry Specialist. In October of 2002, he was promoted to his current position as Forestry Project Specialist, which he works out of the regional office in Brewton. Source: Anderson, Stanley, and Elishia Ballentine. Alabama. Administrative. Alabama Forestry Commission. TREETopics. Sept. 2005. 19 Sept. 2006 http://www.forestry.state.al.us/publication/pdfs/TreeTopics-Sept05.pdf.
Richard H. Chapman is the CEO of the National Association of Royalty Owners, after serving as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells (MWC). The MWC was created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1992 and mandated to help preserve Oklahoma’s more than 70,000 marginal wells. Mr. Chapman is a past chairman of the National Association of Royalty Owners serving from 1994-1996. He was the director of the National Royalty Owner Institute from 1989-1994. Mr. Chapman also serves as President of ENRG I, Inc. and Vice-President of DHS I, Inc., a system of land and mineral management companies headquartered in Oklahoma with operations in surrounding states, since 1985. He is a Certified Minerals Manager. He served as Commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on Natural Gas Policy, a member of the Oklahoma Land Title Association, was an appointee to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and is a member of the National Association of Division Order Analysts. Rick lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife, Hayden. The couple has one daughter, Carye. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/03.
Allan R. Chason was born in Mobile, Alabama on March 25, 1950. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1976, both from the University of Alabama. He was a member of the Alabama Law Review and served on its Editorial Board from 1975 to 1976. He received various scholastic honors during law school, including the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award, and was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Farrah Law Society. Chason has engaged in the private practice of law since 1976, primarily in the area of civil litigation, personal injury and products liability defense, real estate litigation and land use law. He is admitted to and regularly practices in state and federal trial courts in southwest Alabama. He handles appeals before the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He appeared before the United States Supreme Court for oral argument of Dobson v. Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies, Inc., 513 U.S. 265 (1995). He is presently a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Baldwin County Bar Association, serving as its President from 1985 to 1986, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and the Alabama Law Foundation, serving on its Board of Trustees from 1996 through 2002 and as its President from 2000 through 2002. He is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the North Baldwin Healthcare Foundation, on the Board of Directors and as President of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors and as Drive Chairman of the North Baldwin United Way, and on the Board of Directors of the Bay Minette Kiwanis Club. He is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bay Minette. Source: http://www.chasonlaw.com/att_allan_chason.html, 04/04.
Scott Cherones is a co-owner of Southeastern Pond Management, a pond management service business that has been managing ponds all over the Southeastern United States for 13 years. Southeastern Pond Management operates offices in Birmingham and Auburn, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi. "I have been addicted to fishing and fish for as long as I can remember. My parents tell me I was casting artificial lures for largemouth bass with a spin cast reel at the age of three. I guess you could say I have never looked back." Scott has a B.S. in Biology with a "concentration" in marine sciences from Florida State University. After graduation he worked in a shrimp farm in the Florida Keys for a couple of years before going back to graduate school at Auburn University. He received a Masters degree in Fisheries/Aquaculture from Auburn University. Source: Personal Résumé, 02/03.
Tim Chesnut is owner of Chesnut Forestry Services of Rome, Georgia and is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Georgia. He has a BS from The University of the South and a MS from Clemson University. He has nearly 20 years experience in the Forestry field, ranging from buying timber in the Carolinas and Georgia to managing timber and timberland from Texas to Alabama. He currently resides in Rome, Georgia with his Wife, Cheryl and his two daughters Abigail and Lily. He currently serves landowners of the Northwest Georgia-Northeast Alabama-Southern Tennessee Region, and is trying his hand at webmastering at www.ChesnutForestry.com. Source: Personal Résumé, 05/05.
J. Thomas Chesnutt has been on the faculty of
Auburn University and in the Community Development section of the Alabama
Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Economic and Community Development
Institute (ECDI) since 1990. As a Tourism Specialist with ACES, Dr. Chesnutt's
programs include the Alabama Agri-Tourism Trail, Outdoor Alabama Partnership,
Alabama-Mississippi Rural Tourism Conference, and Alabama Retiree Relocation
Conference. His responsibilities include providing technical assistance to
community leaders, tourism associations, chambers of commerce, convention and
visitor bureaus, and related groups concerning tourism as a method of economic
development. In addition to Auburn University, Dr. Chesnutt has served as a
faculty member at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Alabama, and
Tom Chesnutt has thirty years of teaching and practical experience in tourism and leisure services. He serves as Chair of the Planning Team for the Alabama-Mississippi rural Tourism Conference, on the Advisory Board of the Alabama Tourism Department, on the board of the North Alabama Agri-Plex, on the Board of the RiverWay South, Inc., on the Alabama Scenic Byways Advisory Council, and on the Tourism and Marketing Committee of the Governor’s Black Belt Action Commission. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/11.
John C. Chitwood is Encroachments Supervisor
within the Transmission Organization of the Alabama Power Company. The ROW
Services Team members serve as company representatives in managing transmission
rights of way. We are responsible for working with external customers and
internal organizations to authorize right of way usage and coordinate the
company’s response to non-permissible uses, including physical removal of
encroachments. Additionally our team interprets legal documents, provides
internal and external education on proper ROW use, and provides interpretation
of our rights.
John was named Staff Environmental Affairs Specialist — Alabama Power Company in November, 2008. In this role John was responsible for the development and implementation of environmental compliance strategies, procedures, and guidance throughout the company. Specifically, compliance programs supporting Corporate Real Estate transactions, environmental remediation activities in support of Generation, Transmission, and Power Delivery, and also acted as a direct line of communication between federal, state, and local environmental agencies on behalf of Alabama Power.
John graduated from Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka, Alabama; then graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science in 1999. Following graduation John then became employed by TTL, Inc. in Montgomery while attending graduate school at Samford University in Birmingham. In 2001, John started his career as a contractor for Southern Company Services and graduated from Samford with a M.S. degree in Environmental Management. In 2005, John became an employee of Southern Company Services and in 2006 began his employment with Alabama Power.
John is active in several organizations including: Oak Mountain Youth Baseball, Renew Our Rivers, Legacy’s Envirobowl, Exceptional Anglers, Ducks Unlimited, The National Wild Turkey Federation, The Coastal Conservation Association, and Safari Club International. Source: Personal Résumé, 01/13.
Rachna Choudhry is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of POPVOX. She works with organizations and trade associations to help them use POPVOX's tools, and manages issue content and outreach to POPVOX users. Rachna earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Political Science B.A. from UCLA. Source: Personal Résumé, 01/13.
Martin W. Christie is the founder and
President of Public Affairs Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm based
in Montgomery, Alabama. f
Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Christie was Vice President of the business Council of Alabama. Over a period of several years, his responsibilities included supervision of the council's entire governmental relations program and development of a comprehensive grassroots structure. While working with the Business Council of Alabama's ProgressPAC, Mr. Christie has raised over $2 million on behalf of pro business candidates in Alabama.
Before joining the Business Council, Mr. Christie was a senior public affairs officer with Walter Industries, a Fortune 200 corporation. He also served in Washington, DC on the staff of Congressman John H. Buchanan, Jr. as both press secretary and legislative project manager.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received his undergraduate degree in international relations cum laude, Martin is also an accomplished speaker on the subject of political involvement and participation.
Mr. Christie is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife Susanne and their three children live in Montgomery, Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/02.
William M. Christie joined the Eastern Forest
Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) in August 2010 as a Biological
Scientist with over 20 years of GIS and remote sensing experience as applied to
natural resources and conservation issues. Bill's role involves technical and
analytical GIS and Remote Sensing operations, creating web-based mapping
applications, technology transfer, and creating partnerships to connect and
deliver the EFETAC's science and tools to public and private land
management/forest stewardship entities.
Bill has implemented GIS technology and created geospatial applications for the States of Tennessee and Alabama, the Nature Conservancy and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Bill received undergraduate degrees in Forestry (1979) and Geography (1981) and obtained his Masters in Geography (1984) from the University of South Carolina, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Dr. John R. Christy "is the Distinguished
Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center
at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he began studying global
climate issues in 1987. Since November 2000 he has been Alabama's State
Climatologist. In 1989 Dr. Roy W. Spencer (then a NASA/Marshall scientist and
now a Principle Research Scientist at UAH) and Christy developed a global
temperature data set from microwave data observed from satellites beginning in
1979. For this achievement, the Spencer-Christy team was awarded NASA's Medal
for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1991. In 1996, they were selected to
receive a Special Award by the American Meteorological Society "for developing a
global, precise record of earth's temperature from operational polar-orbiting
satellites, fundamentally advancing our ability to monitor climate." In January
2002 Christy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
"Dr. Christy has served as a Contributor (1992, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and Lead Author (2001) for the U.N. reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in which the satellite temperatures were included as a high-quality data set for studying global climate change. He has served on five National Research Council panels or committees and has performed research funded by NASA, NOAA, DOE, DOT and the State of Alabama and has published many articles including studies appearing in Science, Nature, Journal of Climate and The Journal of Geophysical Research. Dr. Christy has provided testimony to several congressional committees.
"Dr. Christy received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois (1984, 1987). Prior to this career path he had graduated from the California State University in Fresno (B.A. Mathematics, 1973, Distinguished Alumnus 2007) and taught Physics and Chemistry as a missionary teacher in Nyeri, Kenya for two years. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Seminary (1978) he served four years as a bivocational mission-pastor in Vermillion, South Dakota where he also taught college math. He was featured in the February 2001 issue of Discover magazine and in a National Public Radio profile in 2004 in which his diverse background was highlighted.
"Dr. Christy has been active in local educational groups. At Grissom High School he served as chairman of the Facilities committee, helping to secure the new Science wing and Gymnasium and was President of its PTSA, Alabama's largest, in 1997-98. He also served on the Huntsville City Schools Strategic Planning Committee and its Finance sub-panel. He is a member of the Huntsville City Surface Water Management Committee.
"Dr. Christy is married to the former Babs Joslin, a fellow missionary whom he met in Kenya. They have two married children, Mrs. Alison Fields, an Applied Math graduate of Auburn University and Brian, a Physics/Math graduate of Auburn and now a graduate student at the University of Maryland. The Fields are parents of their two grandchildren. Dr. Christy's favorite hobby is gold panning which he developed as a teenager in California, and he also runs, completing races from 2 to 31.1 miles over rugged terrain." Source: http://www.nsstc.uah.edu/atmos/christy_bio.html 7/08.
Alexander Clark is a research wood scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. He is located at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, Georgia, in the Disturbance and Management of Southern Pine Ecosystems Research Work Unit (SRS-4104). Alex received a B.S. in Forestry and a MS in Wood Technology from West Virginia University. He has been employed as a wood scientist with the Forest Service for over 37 years and has published numerous papers related to the wood properties of southern tree species. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/04.
John L. Clark is sales manager for Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing, Inc., and has worked in the forest products industry for 33 years - including 27 years in the international markets. He has served as Chairman of the American Hardwood Export Council and currently serves as Chairman of the Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the Mississippi District Export Council, member of the Rules Committee of the NHLA (National Hardwood Lumber Association), and on the Board of Directors of the Hardwood Federation. Personal Resume, 8/06.
Wayne K. Clatterbuck is a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Management in the Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Dept. at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His responsibilities include forest landowner education, continuing education for forestry and Extension professionals, coordinator of the Tennessee Master Logger program and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in forest biology and silviculture. The research interests of Dr. Clatterbuck are in hardwood silviculture and forest stand dynamics focusing on ecological changes in species composition, stand structure and development during forest succession and following forest disturbance. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/09.
Ray Clifton currently serves as the Director of the Alabama Loggers Council and as Landowner Coordinator for the Alabama Forestry Association in Montgomery. Before coming to AFA, Ray spent a 21 year career in private forestry. He has worked in land management, timber procurement and harvesting, and land sales and acquisitions. Ray is an Alabama Registered Forester and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Ray holds a B.S. in Forestry from Auburn University (’85) and a M.S. in Forestry from Louisiana State University (’89). Source: Personal Résumé, 7/11.
Mike Colquett serves as secretary on the state board of the National Wild Turkey Federation. A Troy State Graduate, he has a Wife, Bev, and two children, Laura 24, and David 21.Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
Phil G. Combs has thirty years experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers in water resources
engineering, river mechanics, hydraulic structures, shallow draft navigation and
flood damage reduction projects. Over the past two years Combs had the responsibility
to collaborate with researchers globally to conduct flood and coastal protection
research and development. Experience includes hydrologic and hydraulic analyses
and design of flood control and navigation systems. He conducted the hydraulic
design and river stabilization design of the Red River Waterway, a navigation
project completed within the past 10 years at a cost of $ 1.8 billion. He also
served as program manager for design, construction and operation of river
engineering work on 300 miles of the Mississippi River for five years. This
responsibility included about $ 30 million of work annually. He served as the
senior US representative in 1997, in a review of the Hidrovia Project on the
Paraguay River, South America. Dr. Combs presented findings to the Hidrovia Commission,
composed of representatives of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Served as senior US representative at a Tri-National Conference on Sustainable
Development in the Pantanal, 2000. He served as senior representative at several
meetings in Colombia at the request of the Executive Director, CORMAGDALENA,
cabinet level agency responsible for development of, among other things,
navigation on the Magdalena River. He is actively involved in the development of
technology transfer with other research institutes in Colombia, Brazil, Chile,
Argentina, Italy, and throughout the United States. He worked with Heads of State,
Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and Embassy staffs, Foreign ministry staffs,
NGO’s, PVO’s and development banks. All of these efforts have been in pursuit of
sustainable water resource projects, interacting with a diverse group of
international stakeholders. He is actively involved on a personal level with
sustainable development, specifically management of a 1500 acre tree farm and
part owner of a wetland mitigation bank in Louisiana. Partner in a wetland
mitigation bank consisting of over 1000 acres in coastal Louisiana. Combs is a
partner in American EnviroTech, LLC, a firm formed to assist landowners with
environmental assets of their land, particularly pursuing the sale of carbon
Dr. Combs has received the following degrees: 1970 Southern Methodist University, B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1971 Southern Methodist University, Master of Science Civil Engineering, 1994 Colorado State University, Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering. He has served as Adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, & Colorado State University, 1994 to date. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Louisiana, 1976 to date and has authored over 35 technical papers and journal articles and numerous design reports and design memoranda. He is recently retired from US Government. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Glenn T. Cook is a private landowner living in
Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Julia and their two sons, Matt and Joel.
He retired in March 2005 after 29 combined years with BellSouth and EDS. During his
career with the telephone company Information System Department, he had various
job responsibilities, starting in Nashville, Tennessee as a computer attendant.
Moving to Birmingham, he was a System Administrator and
later, a System Analyst.
Presently, along with his brother and sister, he is enjoying managing their timberland property in South Alabama. “Google Maps” is one tool he is using in the family's property management plan.
Tonya Cooner, Marketing Manager, Natural Resource Technologies, LLC, received a BA degree from the College of Communications, University of Alabama and a BS degree from the College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University. She is a registered forester in Mississippi and has interned with Weyerhaeuser Company and worked for Jefferson Smurfit Corporation and Sizemore & Sizemore, Inc. Tonya has been "surfing the Internet" for the past 5 years. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/99.
John R. Cooper became Alabama’s Transportation
Director effective January 17, 2011, with the beginning of Governor Robert
Bentley’s Administration. Cooper comes out of retirement to head the Alabama
Department of Transportation.
From 2002 to 2008, Cooper was chief executive officer of Avocent Corp. in Huntsville, a global provider of information technology infrastructure management; he was chairman of Avocent from 2003 to 2008.
Cooper has a business background that has seen him serve as a CEO, chief financial officer, corporate vice president and as a partner in large accounting firms. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Alabama. Source: ALDOT webpage, 11/12.
Curt Cope, Jr. is the Vice President of Sales for MyRainReport.com, a new company specializing in the production of accurate, site-specific rain reports. Using first-in-the-world technology, MyRainReport.com offers "a better way to measure rain"—without ever stepping foot on the customer's property and without any on-site devices. MyRainReport.com takes the hassle out of rain monitoring and record-keeping by replacing the rain gauge with an email. The service gives all landowners access to their property's rainfall data, regardless of how far the property is from their home, enabling landowners and timber managers to farm with the facts. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/10.
Martin Copping is a Certified GIS Professional and the VP of Operations for GEO-VISUS Inc. He has over eleven (11) years of experience in the Survey and GIS Industry and focuses on providing cost effective solutions to clients that allow them to leverage the latest in GIS Technology while focusing on their core tasks. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/08.
Dr. H. Ken Cordell is Project Leader and Pioneering Scientist in Forest Service Research attached to the Southern Research Station. He is located on the University of Georgia Campus in Athens, Georgia. His work covers trends and futures of outdoor recreation (especially nature-based), national trends of private forest lands, demographic and societal trends, and public land use and values (especially protected lands). He has produced five books, the latest entitled The Multiple Values of Wilderness. He is a lead scientist for the U. S. National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE). Source: Personal Résumé, 9/08.
Tim Cosby grew up in south Alabama near Opp. He got a degree from Troy State University in Criminal Justice and then worked for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in the Law Enforcement Section for 28 years - the last eleven of which he served as Wildlife Section Chief for the Alabama Game and Fish Division. Cosby retired in December of 2001, and today continues his life-long interest in squirrel dogs and hunting with dogs. He resides in Ramer, Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/05.
Robert Crabtree started in the pinestraw business in 1987, working as a raker in Atlanta, Georgia. He realized that his employer was not interested in the trees, only the pinestraw, and thought their practices were equivalent to strip mining. He started researching into improving the harvesting procedure in 1995, always putting the grower and the trees first, not the pinestraw. Robert started Pinestraw Specialists in 1999 and has had great interest from the homeowners as well as the growers in his dedication to bettering the pinestraw industry. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/03.
Sarah Crim is the Director of Student Services for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Her position allows her to be involved in recruiting potential students, academic advising, and job placement. Through her experiences, she has learned about some of the needs/concerns that potential students and parents might have about receiving a natural resource education. She is here today to address some of the major questions that might be asked before entering the professional world of forestry or wildlife science. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/03.
Theresa M. Crimmins coordinates the efforts
of USA-NPN partners to achieve common phenology-related goals. USA-NPN partners
include individuals and organizations representing communities of researchers,
land managers, policy-makers, citizen scientists, and educators. Through our
partnerships we seek to encourage and maintain the participatory spirit of the
USA-NPN and the involvement of diverse user groups.
Theresa obtained a B.S. in biology and an M.A. in geography from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Arizona. Her research interests encompass plant response to global change, spatial analysis, and engaging citizen scientists of all ages in scientific discovery. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/12.
Thomas Cunilio: Degrees in Political Science (JCU), Agroforestry (UFL) and Spanish (UFL). Three years in U.S. Peace Corps (Paraguay). Founded two corporations dealing with technology transfer the latest of which is: FL Renewable RC&D Council. Achievements: Farming system development for central FL mineland using energy crops (tall grasses and legume tree) and other legumes (Velvet bean and perennial peanut) in "alley cropping." Publications: Several on Leucaena, a legume tree for the lower south. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/08.
Michael Cunningham has a B.S. in forestry from Oklahoma State University as well as a M.S. in forest genetics from Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. in forest genetics at North Carolina State University. He is currently the director of product development at ArborGen, LLC, in Summerville, South Carolina. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/10.
Alan B. Curtis was born in Washington, D. C. and grew up in Maryland where, as a youngster, he assembled a small collection of various types of wood that grew near his home. He later went on to study forestry at the University of Idaho, and after a stint as a forestry exchange student in Finland, travels in Europe, and Army service with the Corps of Engineers, completed graduate studies in forestry at Oregon State University. He went on to serve as a forester with the U. S. government Bureau of Land Management in Oregon. During these years, his collection of wood from around the world continued to grow. Alan later joined the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS) and, in 1976, teamed up with another member, Sam Lamb, of Hawaii to produce the first edition of "A Guide to Developing a Wood Collection. " Since his retirement in 1986, Alan has traveled the world collecting specimens of woody plants and his high-quality specimens, accurately identified in the field, are prized by collectors around the globe. Alan has served the IWCS in numerous capacities over the years including two terms as President. In 2004, he and his wife, Mary Ann, were jointly awarded an Honorary Life membership in the IWCS for their many years of exemplary service, dedication, loyality, and support for the study, use, collection, and identification of wood. Source: Personal Résumé 3/06.
Tamara L. Cushing is an Extension Forestry Specialist and Assistant Professor of forest management and economics at Clemson University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Forest Economics and a Master of Taxation degree from Mississippi State University and a PhD from the University of Georgia in Forest Finance. Prior to her PhD, Tamara worked at F & W Forestry Services for over four years analyzing cash flows for TIMOs. She has experience working with taxation at the local, state, and federal level. Past research has included estate taxes on private forests, the tax burden on private forest landowners in the United States and property tax assessments in Kentucky. Source: Personal Résumé 8/09.
Jason B. Cutshall, Public Relations Director, Mississippi Loggers Association, Quitman, Mississippi, received a BS and MS in Forestry and a MBA from Mississippi State University. Mr. Cutshall serves on the Mississippi Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee, the Mississippi Loggers Education Council, and the Mississippi Forestry Association/SFI SIC Communications Committee. He also works as a licensed Property and Casualty and combined Life, Health, and Accident insurance agent in MLA's subsidiary, MLA Insurance Services, Inc. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/01.
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