Biographical Information About Speakers/Instructors: A-C, D-I, R-Z
Ben Jackson is a professor of timber harvesting at The University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, where he provides public service and adult education programs in logging operations and intensive forest management. Ben has work experience as a forestry consultant and industrial forester, with forest roads being one of his specialties. He served on the Georgia forestry BMPs revision committee and sub-committee on road construction and helps direct the Georgia Master Timber Harvester training program. Dr. Jackson recently assumed leadership for the Continuing Forest Resource Education Program at UGA. He has many years of experience coordinating and teaching continuing education courses for foresters and loggers. Ben will be adding continuing education courses to the 2003 schedule and getting ready for new courses in 2004. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 9/99 & UGA Continuing Ed. Schedule, 10/03.
C. Rhett Jackson is an assistant professor of hydrology at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources. Rhett specializes in the effects of land management on water resources and is an expert on the effectiveness of Silvicultural Best Management Practices. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 5/03.
Jeff J. Jackson has a wide range of international habitat management experience. He has published numerous articles and bulletins in an array of magazines and journals. Jeff has been a nature center director, a professor of wildlife management at the University of Georgia, and an extension wildlife specialist in Georgia. He has served as a consultant in more than 20 countries, working with such clients as Georgia's county extension agents, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Wildlife Research Center, among others. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 10/05.
Robert T. Jackson, Sr., is a Senior Partner in the law firm Jackson, Bowman and Blumentritt, PLLC, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mr. Jackson received a BBA degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in accounting in 1964, the Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi in 1966 and an MBA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1971. He is married and has four children. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/09.
Sam Jackson is a Coordinator with the Agricultural Extension Service in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee. Sam received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and his MS in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. Sam is responsible for coordinating the development of the National Web-Based Learning Center for Private Forest and Range Landowners. The project is federally funded by USDA CSREES Renewable Resources Extension Act focus funding. The University of Tennessee was selected to coordinate this national effort and work with land-grant institutions around the country to develop this web-based Extension program. In addition to coordinator duties, Sam also participates in a wide range of the Department's Extension activities, including 4-H and Adult education. Sam is a member of the Society of American Foresters. Sam and his wife, Daphne, live in Blount County, Tennessee. Sam enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening, antique books, history, and host of other activities. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/04.
Dan A. James was formerly a full time farmer in the South Western corner of Bibb County. He is currently managing partner of James Brothers Farm (a partnership). A list of accomplishments and awards follows: Received the "Helene Mosley Award" - 1986, Alabama's "Tree Farmer of the Year" - l989, Awarded the "Forest Conservationist" of the year - 1992, Served as Chairman of Alabama's Tree Farm Committee - 1995, Placed 2nd in "Tree ID" contest in Beaumont, TX - 1997 (Beaten by a 'forester' from Eugene, OR), and Presented the "Bill Moody Award" - 2002. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Paul Jannke is responsible for RISI's portfolio of wood products and timber information, including newsletters, Forecasts, Commentaries, cost benchmarking, analytical research, and data. Prior to taking on this role, Paul was Vice President of Industry Analysis and Forecasting at RISI. In this position, he managed RISI's Wood Products, Timber, Fiber, and Asian and Latin American pulp and paper groups. As part of the management team at RISI for the past seven years, Paul has played an integral role in the strategic development of the company. In addition, he was responsible for acquiring and integrating several companies into RISI's portfolio of information products. Before coming to RISI, Paul was a research economist at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Paul holds a Master's degree in economics from Boston University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Connecticut. Source: http://www.risiinfo.com/pages/abo/management/, 08/08.
Walter Jarck has built over 330 miles of forest roads and more than 40 wood yards. His 40 years of experience as a forester and forest engineer have shown him first hand the challenges faced by loggers and foresters when building roads. Walter has worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company, Bowater Carolina Corporation and Georgia-Pacific Corporation.
Dylan Jenkins is an extension forester at the Virginia Tech Department of Forestry and coordinates the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from Clemson (1993) and an M.S. in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Tech (1996). Dylan is the incoming chair of the Virginia Division Society of American Foresters, is a Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner serving on the Montgomery County (VA) Board of Zoning Appeals, and is board member and education director for the New River Land Trust. He lives on a small woodland property in Montgomery County with his wife Margaret and son Boone.
James P. Jeter received a B.S. degree in forest management from Auburn University in 1976. He worked for Gulf States Paper in land management from 1976 to 1990. In 1990, Jim began working with the Alabama Forestry Commission as the Northwest Region Forest Management Specialist. He currently serves as statewide Best Management Practices (BMP) Coordinator and statewide Hardwood Specialist. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/14.
James Jeuck taught in the Natural Resources Department at Haywood Community College for 12 years. At HCC, he created and directed the Geospatial Technologies program there for 6 years. Since 2008, he has been an Extension Associate with NCSU Extension Forestry. There, he delivers workshops for landowners and natural resource professionals on a wide variety of forestry subjects. These include forest management, hardwood and softwood management, soils and fertility, herbicides, forest economics, and forest mapping for landowners. He manages the Extension Forestry newsblog and monthly newsletter, “Woodland Owners Update” (http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/forestry/resources/woodland_owners_update.php) that provides information to landowners on current forestry issues. He developed a technique for analyzing state and local supply for woody biomass used in helping biofuels industry in site location. NCSU Extension Forestry has used this model on over 30 detailed regional biomass supply analysis in the last 5 years for groups such as the Biofuels Center of NC, regional economic developers, and interested industries. James is also on the State Executive Committee for the NC Tree Farm Program and very involved with helping and supporting that organization. James is currently a PhD Candidate concentrating on economic and policy factors contributing to woodland conversion in North Carolina. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Dr. Fred Jewell, professor in the School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech University, has been in his current position since 1966. Previously he was employed at Instate of Forest Genetics, Gulfport, Mississippi. His research interests include resistance to fusiform rust and needle cast fungi. Source: Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Course Description, 6/99.
Candace D. Johnson is a partner with Adams and Reese LLP and a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Team. Candace represents companies in the areas of real estate, forestry, oil and gas, general corporate, and commercial law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Timber Law). Candace is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1994, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Accounting. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1997, where she served on the editorial board of Alabama Law Review. Candace is an active member of the American, Alabama, Mississippi, and Mobile Bar Associations; the Alabama Forestry Association; and the Alabama Forest Owners' Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/07.
Jerry L. Johnson is State Staff Forester for Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama and is headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. He received a BS degree in Forest Management from Auburn University in 1970 and is a registered forester in Alabama and a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. He is a member of numerous forestry organizations. Jerry is married to Gloria Pettis Johnson and has two sons and two grandchildren. He is a member of Parkway Baptist Church. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/00.
Rhett Johnson has been the Director of Auburn University's Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center since its inception in 1979. He has degrees in both forestry and wildlife biology and has research and teaching interests in both fields. He is a member of Auburn's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences faculty and is a co-founder and Co-director, along with Dean Gjerstad of The Longleaf Alliance. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/00.
Christopher Johnston heads the Sales and Marketing department at International Forest Company. Chris holds an associate’s degree in forestry from Ware Technical Institute in Waycross, Georgia. He has more than twenty years’ experience in the forestry industry focusing on timber procurement and product sales, having worked with Elberta Crate and Box Company and with the Langdale Company. He is a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/13.
Eric J. Jokela is a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Nutrition at the University of Florida, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1984. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York (Syracuse). Dr. Jokela is currently Co-Director of the Forest Biology Research Cooperative, an internationally recognized research program involving an interdisciplinary team of scientists seeking to understand the biological mechanisms controlling productivity, health and sustainability of managed forest ecosystems. Previously, he was Co-Director of the Cooperative Research in Forest Fertilization (CRIFF) Program, a university-industry research program focusing on forest nutrition and fertilization. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in silviculture and has authored over 150 publications on tree nutrition, forest fertilization, forest productivity, and forest management impacts on soil carbon and nutrient dynamics. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/11.
Bill Jones is the Executive Director of the Alabama Loggers Council Completed forestry school at Auburn University 1978. Forestry work experience with Pope-Jones Pulpwood Co., ST Joe Paper Company, Gulf States Paper Company, and Louisiana Pacific. Worked as Private Woodlands Coordinator with Alabama Forestry Association form 1981 to 1991. Since 1997 served as Director of the Alabama Loggers Council, responsibilities include logger training, transportation safety, and DOT compliance. Currently Serves on the Southern Alliance for Utilization of Biomass Resources, and on the Board of the Wood Supply Research Institute, serves on Utilization Committee, American Loggers Council Participates in Log A Load For Kids that raised $280,000 in 2004 and over 4$ million since 1995 in Alabama to fund Children's Health Intervention Protection Services and Children's Hospitals of Alabama. Married to Rachael who is currently reading Coach for Coosada Elementary School. Three Children, Sarah, a Junior at Auburn in Bio Systems Engineering, Ned Stanhope Elmore High School, Margaret Millbrook Middle School. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/06.
Jay Jones, who was first elected Sheriff of Lee County, Alabama in 1998, is currently serving his fourth term of office. He has been with the Sheriff's office for thirty-seven years. Jones is a 1976 graduate of Auburn University, a 1986 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, and a 2000 graduate of the National Sheriff's Institute. He is a member of adjunct faculty of Southern Union Community College in Opelika, and has been a Criminal Justice instructor for thirty-one years. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Jeanne C. Jones is an associate professor with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources and Wildlife Research Center. She received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976, then received from Mississippi State University a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology in 1982. Later, she got her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from MSU in 1995. Her teaching areas include wildlife and fish conservation and wildlife habitat management and restoration. Just a few of her research interests include habitat evaluation and management, reclamation and vegetative succession on ecologically-disturbed lands, and ecological impacts of agronomic plant species on native plant diversity and community development. Dr. Jones has also been published numerous times. Just a sampling of these include Future Ecosystem Management Challenges in the Southeastern United States and Merging Polarized Views about Consumptive and Non-consumptive Uses of Natural Resources in the University Classroom. Source: MSU Faculty/Staff bio, 1/04.
P. David Jones. When you think of items made out
of wood, you probably think of things like furniture, doors and flooring. But
even products such as toothpaste, imitation vanilla extract and food additives
can contain wood. Forest products are an integral part of our lives, and no one
knows this more than David Jones, associate Extension professor and forest
products Extension specialist.
As the only forest products Extension specialist in Mississippi, Jones performs a multitude of outreach and instruction, working with foresters, companies and the public. "Each day, each one of us uses six pounds of wood," he said. "The forest industry is so important because it's tied into so many things."
Jones conducts wood science-based research, focusing on factors such as wood quality as it relates to tree growth and rapid assessment techniques of wood properties. "As the demand for forest products has increased, so has the rate at which we grow trees," Jones said. "I look at what we can do to increase tree growth while still maintaining the needed quality."
In addition, Jones helps put on the Wood Magic Science Fair, where about 4,000 fourth-graders from across the state visit campus to learn about the importance of wood in their lives. Jones also teaches several classes such as wood anatomy and lumber manufacturing, and co-wrote the only published introductory forest products textbook.
In recognition of his leadership in the field, Jones was chosen last year for the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, program. Lead21's purpose is to develop leaders within land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through a yearlong course including three sessions and an individual learning component.
Jones received his bachelor's degree from Clemson University, master's degree from Stephen F. Austin University and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/14.
Rick Jones received a B. S. in Forest Management in 1977 from Auburn University and a MBA in 1988 from the University of West Florida, Pensacola and is a Registered Forester in Alabama. Rick is General Manager of Charles Dixon & Co., Inc. in Andalusia, Alabama. He is currently President of the Alabama Forestry Association and a Board Member of the Forest Landowner’s Association. Rick is married to the former Kathy Jones of River Falls, Alabama. They have three sons: Richard (Age 21), a Junior in Electrical Engineering at Auburn University; Patrick (Age 17), a Senior at Andalusia High School, enrolled at Huntingdon College for the fall of 2003 and Gillis (age 12), a sixth grader at Andalusia Middle School. Rick & Kathy are forest landowners in Covington County, Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Scott P. Jones is Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Landowners Association (FLA). Scott joined FLA in 2003 and has a Bachelor Science degree in forest resources from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and is an SAF Certified Forester as well as a Georgia Registered Forester. He spent five years in land management and procurement with a paper company in North Florida and has worked on Government Affairs issues dealing with forestry for the Georgia Forestry Association and the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/13.
W. Daryl Jones, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of the Natural Resource Enterprises (NRE) Program and Assistant Wildlife Extension Professor at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University. The NRE Program provides information to landowners on sustainable natural resource enterprises (fee hunting and angling, wildlife watching, agritourism, nature-based tourism) and habitat management through workshops, field days, and web-based training. His primary research interests include fee-based wildlife and fisheries enterprise development and revenue production on private lands in Mississippi and the Southeast, watershed conservation management, and wetlands policy development. He has published manuscripts in numerous resource management journals and publications. Daryl has held administrative appointments with USEPA in Washington, D.C., as the state’s coastal zone manager in Mississippi, and with Deposit Guaranty National Bank in Starkville, MS. He enjoys quail and turkey hunting, bird dog training, fly fishing, and cycling. Daryl is from Vicksburg, MS and now resides in Winston County, MS outside of Louisville. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/09.
Donald J. Jonovic, Ph.D., is one of America’s most experienced advisors to business owners, family companies and family farms. For more than 30 years, he’s been a specialist in management succession, business transition, and the management of privately owned businesses. He has written eight books on business ownership and the management of change in the closely held and family company. His column in Successful Farming Magazine, “Can Their Problem Be Solved?” has for many years been one of the most popular features in that magazine. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/11.
Alan Jordan is in his 17th year of building clients' investments. A registered investment advisor/representative with Raymond James Financial Services, Alan manages individual portfolios as well as corporate and small-business retirement plans. He holds Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses, handles such investments as insurance, bonds, mutual funds, stocks, and annuities. He is an alumnus of the University of Alabama School of Business. Alan is married with two daughters and has been recognized for his volunteer activities with Camp Fire Boys and Girls. His community involvement includes membership in the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Zamora Shrine Temple. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/04.
Michael Kane is Professor of Quantitative Silviculture and Director of the Plantation Management Research Cooperative, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. He has served in this capacity since 2006. Prior to working with the University of Georgia, Mike worked for ten years with large integrated forest products companies (Union Camp and International Paper) on silvicultural research and technology transfer, focusing on plantation culture of pine and hardwood species throughout U.S. South. From 1982 to 1996, Mike served as a research forester and consultant with commercial forestry plantation enterprises in Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. Mike began his professional career in 1975 working on loblolly pine silviculture and nutrition with the Forest Nutrition Cooperative at North Carolina State University. Mike, a native of Michigan, completed his B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and M.S. and Ph.D. from NC State in Forestry with a minor in soils. Mike lived in Montgomery and worked in Prattville from 1997 to 2001. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/09.
Wallace Kaufman says he became an environmentalist when he was four years old and saw the difference between the poor apartment blocks of New York City where his family lived and the green park across from his grandmother’s Long Island home. His latest book is his memoir, Coming Out of the Woods: The Solitary Life of a Maverick Naturalist. He tells the story of how he went deep into the woods, built his own house by a stream and lived there ten times longer than Thoreau lived at Walden Pond, but emerged with the opposite conclusion. Thoreau declared “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Kaufman says, “In civilization is the preservation of wildness.” He has also written No Turning Back: Dismantling the Fantasies of Environmental Thinking. He has served as president of three statewide environmental groups and won the New River Award for conservation and an exemplary simple life. He has worked in Latin America with indigenous writers and for the past 11 years he has been working in the former Soviet Union on housing and land reform, ecotourism, coaching journalists, microfinance, and consulting for private businesses. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/01.
Thomas Kazee earned a BS in Forestry at West Virginia University in 1976 and an MA in Human Resources at Pepperdine in 1980. He was a forest manager and woodland auditor for Champion International Corp. for 20 years, from 1980 to 2000. He is now an independent woodland auditor (Woodland Security, Inc.), from 2000 to present. Tom works with large landowners, forest management and procurement organizations and non-industrial landowners. He has been a regular speaker for the University of Georgia and NC State University. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/06.
David M. Kelley worked as a consulting forester for James M. Vardaman & Co., Inc. for 11 years and now operates under the name Kelley Forestry Consulting Services, LLC, in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a 1990 graduate of Louisiana State University's School of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries and has a B.S. in Forestry. Mr. Kelley provides forestry services to private landowners throughout central and south Alabama. Services include management recommendations, timber appraisals, timber sales, land sales, and reforestation. He is a registered forester in Alabama and Mississippi. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/02, updated 3/04.
Boyd Kelly has been the Governmental Affairs Director of the Alabama Forestry Association since 1977. Prior to coming to the AFA, Boyd was the Director of Research of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce, predecessor organization of the Business Council of Alabama. He was raised in Tuscaloosa where he attended public school and earned his BA degree at the University of Alabama. In addition to his work as the AFA's lobbyist, he is Secretary/Treasurer of ForestPAC, the official political action committee of the AFA and Administrator of ForestFund, the umbrella organization of the AFA's insurance programs. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/00.
J. W. Kennedy is a licensed professional land surveyor in the states of Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. He is currently the president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the current president of the Tennessee Valley Professional Land Surveyors, a chapter of the ASPLS. In addition, he is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, the Mississippi Association of Professional Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Mr. Kennedy currently has a private practice serving as part owner and vice president of Chynoweth & Kennedy, Inc., a land surveying and engineering company in Huntsville, Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
George F. Kennedy is President of C & C Surveying, Inc., based in Jasper, Alabama. Frankie is a registered Alabama Professional Land Surveyor whose experience in surveying began in 1978. He is experienced in Construction, Subdivision Design and Layout, and Project Management. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/12.
Earl Ketchum is the owner and manager of Ketchum Land & Timber, LLC, a forestry consulting firm located in his childhood hometown of Clayton, Alabama. He has 10 years experience in the forest industry and is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Georgia, as well as a Certified Tree Farm Inspector. In 1997 he graduated from Auburn University, where he studied Forestry Operations. His professional memberships include: the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Advisory Council, the Alabama Forestry Association, the Society of American Foresters, and the Alabama Forest Owners' Association. He and his wife Kelli reside in Auburn, Alabama with their two sons, Riley and Grayden. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/07.
Anthony Kim researches
international economic issues with a focus on economic freedom and free trade at
The Heritage Foundation.
As a Policy Analyst in Heritage's Center for International Trade and Economics (CITE), Kim assumes the primary responsibility of coordinating the complex research and production process by which the Index of Economic Freedom is produced.
The Index is co-published annually with The Wall Street Journal. It tracks the march of economic freedom around the world by measuring 10 freedoms – from property rights to entrepreneurship – in 157 countries. In 2007, after a decade of publishing the Index, Heritage executives decided that the Index needed changes to make it more accessible to more people - from the congressional staffer to the college student, from the finance minister to the financial adviser.
As one of the handful of Heritage experts who grades the Index's 157 countries, Kim helped oversee those changes and his work earned him Heritage's prestigious Drs. W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award in 2007. The award is given to the employee who has delivered "an outstanding contribution to the analysis and promotion of a Free Society."
Before joining Heritage in 2001, he studied economics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N. J., and earned his master's degree in international trade and investment policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
J. Craig King is the fourth generation president of J. P. King Auction Company, headquartered in Gadsden. He became president of the company in 1986 and has sold literally hundreds of thousands of acres of timber, hunting properties, ranches and other types of land throughout the nation. He is known in the industry as one of the nation's leading innovators in the use of auctions to market land, and the company's results bear that out. King has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate auction business. He is a past president of the Alabama Auctioneers Association, and a past director of the National Auctioneers Association. He is also a past president of the Auction Marketing Institute, and served as the Auction Marketing Institute's representative on the Auction Committee of the National Association of Realtors.
Robert King is a Land Agent with AlaLandCo. He's a native of Clay County, Alabama and has over 10 years experience in marketing and selling property in Alabama and is dedicated to providing the top-notch service to land sellers and land buyers that only a Land Sales Professional can. Visit his site at www.robertking.net. Source: LandThink.com, 1/11.
Bryan Kinkel is a wildlife manager with Woods and Associates, Inc., one of the most sought-after wildlife management consulting firms in America. Woods and Associates is active in research and management projects throughout the white-tail’s range and specializes in maximizing herd and habitat potential on a site-specific basis. Bryan specializes in site-specific habitat management programs and in researching deer herd dynamics, deer preferences for specific habitat conditions, and buck rubbing behavior. Bryan is also co-author of the new book Deer Management 101—Manage Your Way to Better Hunting. This book provides information on how hunters can implement popular management techniques. In addition, the book introduces readers to several new concepts critical to deer-herd management, and details how hunters can improve their herd with just the trigger finger. Deer Management 101 introduces readers to the little-known concept of deer herd “dynamics,” the interplay between deer of different sexes and ages, and how these interactions produce noticeable differences in deer behavior and herd health. The authors describe how altering these herd dynamics can change herd performance and even the hunting experience. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/04.
Andrew Kinnaird joined the Alabama Policy Institute in August 2011 as an intern and began full-time employment in July 2012 as a Policy Analyst. Andrew focuses on special projects for API such as the Governor’s Commission on Improving State Government and the forthcoming Alabama Dynamic Expenditure Limit (ADEL) paper. A Birmingham native, Andrew graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Source: http://www.alabamapolicy.org/contact/employee.php?employee_ID=51, 9/12.
Norman K. Kinney, president, part owner, and manager of Chartered Foresters, Quincy, Florida, and Ozark, Alabama, received a BS degree in Forestry from the University of Florida. He is a registered forester in Alabama & Georgia, a certified burner in Florida & Alabama, a registered real estate broker in Alabama, and a licensed pesticide applicator in Alabama, Florida & Georgia. Norm has been an active member in the Association of Consulting Foresters and the Society of American Foresters. He is a member of the Alabama Forest Owners' Association and the Dale and Houston County Landowners' Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/99.
Suz-Anne Kinney is Communications Manager at
Forest2Market and serves as the Editor of both the company’s newsletters. She
has been researching and writing about the wood bioenergy industry since joining
Forest2Market, much of the time focusing on the U.S. South. In its new
publication, Forest2Fuel, Forest2Market will cover the wood bioenergy supply
chain—from opportunities for landowners to the end uses for bioenergy products.
The free newsletter will be launched in June.
Forest2Market provides market information for the wood and forest products and bioenergy industries, including timber pricing services, benchmarks, forecasts and customized solutions addressing the unique business issues that companies in these industries face. Forest2Market collects data on a tract-by-tract or load-by-load basis from actual timber sales contracts. Forest2Market’s products and services are built on solid data, industry expertise and third-party independence. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/09.
Tony Kinton is from Carthage, Mississippi. He retired as an instructor of English composition I & II and American literature I & II from East Central Community College. He sold his first outdoor article to Church Recreation magazine in 1976. Since then he has been actively involved in outdoor writing, and has placed approximately 2,000 articles in state, regional, and national magazines. Kinton is an active member of Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA). He served as Mississippi Editor for Outdoor Life magazine for 12 years. He is now: Editor of Mississippi Wildlife Officer’s magazine; Hunting editor for Primitive Archer magazine; Columnist for Today in Mississippi; Columnist for Mossy Oak’s Hunting The Country. Additionally, his work regularly appears in: Cabela’s Outfitter Journal; Quality Whitetails; Union Sportsmen web magazine. Tony has written four books. His latest, Fishing Mississippi, was published and released by University Press of Mississippi. He has been privileged to hunt 16 U.S. states; four Canadian provinces, and three provinces in the Republic of South Africa. He has taken: whitetails; mule deer; pronghorn antelope; Corsican sheep; axis deer; javelina; wild hogs; black bears; moose; elk; Quebec/Labrador caribou; three species of wild turkeys; and nine species of African plains game. Much of his hunting is done with bow and arrow and muzzleloading rifles and shotguns. Tony says, “God has truly blessed me!” Source: Personal Résumé, 6/09.
Bill Klingler is a Bullock County forest owner. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science in 1973 and has been a farmer his entire life. He and his wife have two daughters. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/04.
Bernard Kliska, Ph.D., is a licensed family
therapist and Consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. Active in
his family's 95-year-old plastic and glass container business for 23 years,
eventually becoming president and CEO, he has personally experienced many of the
joys and problems of family business involvement. He relinquished his position
in the company to one of his fourth-generation sons when he returned to
consulting, limiting his focus to the challenges of family business.
A member of the American Psychological Association, clinical member of the American Association of Family Therapists and an appointee to the Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board of the State of Illinois. Kliska is also a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), a professional organization dedicated to assisting family firms and family business consultants. His family's company was a founding member of the Family Business Forum at Loyola University Chicago. He is currently Chairman Emeritus at Loyola University Family Business Center at Chicago.
Among Kliska's special areas of concentration are: facilitation in assessing the family's strengths and weaknesses; improving family communication; building harmony and commitment among family members; helping successors to develop their own identities; and resolving issues raised by bringing in non-family managers. His training and expertise have helped him deal effectively with the tension and relationship problems that arise in many family business environments. He also derives meaning in his life as a husband, father, and grandfather.
After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, he attained graduate degrees in counseling and psychology from Stanford University and the University of Florida. Source: www.thefbcg.com/kliska, 9/14.
Don Knight is 58 years old and has been President of the Alabama Dog Hunters Association for 4 years. He bow hunts, stalk hunts, still hunts and black powder hunts, but his favorite method of harvesting deer is dog hunting, mainly because of the time he gets to spend with his children (2 girls) and his grandchildren (all 6 of them). He poses the question: "Have you ever seen a child that didn't like dogs? Not many." Don has been hunting since he was 8. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/02.
Peyton Knight is executive director of the American Policy Center, a grassroots action and education foundation dedicated to the promotion of free enterprise and limited government regulations over commerce and individuals. The Center is located in Warrenton, Virginia, just outside our nation’s capital. APC believes that the free market, through its inherent system of checks and balances, including private ownership of property, is the best method yet devised for creating individual wealth, full employment, goods and services, and protecting the natural environment. Peyton has testified several times before both houses of Congress, and has appeared in numerous print media outlets across the nation including The Washington Times, The New York Sun, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has also been a frequent guest on many radio and television programs including Fox News, MSNBC and the Joe Scarborough Show. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/05.
Ginger Kogelschatz and her husband Ed, own and manage Shinbone Valley Farm in NW Georgia where they grow medicinal herbs, vegetables and flowers. Ginger has a degree in Forest Management from Auburn and maintains a part-time job in the timber investment industry, but her passion is growing, selling and making medicines out of herbs. She has grown over 80 varieties of medicinal herbs, shrubs and trees and has sold fresh cut and dried herbs. She also makes herbal salves, lip balms and a variety of herbal extracts. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Peter F. Kolb is the Montana State University
Extension Forestry Specialist and an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology &
Management, housed at the University of Montana in the Department of Forest
Management. He has recently been selected to be a Fulbright Scholar to the
Bavarian Institute of Applied Forestry in 2008 where he will be lecturing on
forest ecosystem processes and studying the long term effects of intensive
forest management in the northern Alps. For the past 23 years he has studied
forest ecosystem function and dynamics with specific interest in the role of
disturbance processes across Idaho and Montana. . Specific research emphasis
have included the effects of heat, water stress and grass competition on conifer
seedling establishment, the role of soil characteristics, forest pests,
pathogens and wildfire on forest species and succession dynamics, the impacts of
forest thinning on root diseases, woody debris treatments and their effects on
forest and range restoration, cultural practices to enhance woody debris
decomposition, and plant community recovery following wildfires and salvage
logging. During the past 10 years he has worked extensively with private forest
landowners and managers on forest assessment and management plan development,
silvicultural alternatives, wildfire hazard reduction, and post-wildfire
rehabilitation. He also directs the Montana natural Resources Youth Camp and
works with farmers and ranchers across central and eastern Montana on planning,
establishing and maintaining windbreaks and shelterbelts. His past work
experience includes time as an inventory forester for the Wisconsin DNR, an
assistant tree nursery manager for Champion International, a fire lookout/fire
fighter for the USDA Forest Service and an applied forester for Boise Cascade.
In his spare time Peter is either building furniture, working on his small Tree
Farm, with his horses, or hiking, hunting and camping with his family.
“My major professional goal is to help quantify how physical and biological processes work across western forest landscapes, and to develop applied management practices that conserve and work within those processes for human benefit. Having grown up on a rural forested Wisconsin farm with childhood pets that consisted of numerous orphaned or injured wild birds, several crows, a raven and a coyote, I have a strong respect and love for wildlife and wild places. As a woodworker I consider wood a marvelous and ultimate renewable resource. As human populations and their resource needs increase there is a critical responsibility to learn how to sustainably manage our natural resources for everybody’s benefit while also protecting the inherent natural components that make landscapes and their wild inhabitants special.”
Education: 1996 PhD University of Idaho in Forest and Range Ecophysiology; 1987 M.S. University of Idaho in Silviculture and Forest Protection; 1984 B.S. Michigan State University in Forestry; 1980-81 Exchange Student to The University of Freiburg, Germany
Kenneth Kuhn lives in Vestavia, Alabama and is an electronics design engineer and is also on the adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His website has a number of articles concerning his personal interests in economics, investing, and taxes. He believes in the Libertarian philosophy of only government that is necessary. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/11.
John S. Kush is a Research Fellow for the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and serves as Director of the Longleaf Pine Stand Dynamics Laboratory. He received a BS degree in Forest Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1980 and his MS and PhD in Forest Ecology from Auburn University in 1986 and 2002, respectively. He has been involved in longleaf pine research since 1984. His major areas of interest are longleaf pine stand dynamics and fire and restoration ecology. Among the projects he has been involved with are: the 30-year, 35-year, and 40-year inventory of longleaf pine growth and yield plots; factors affecting the growth, yield, and wood quality of longleaf pine; carbon sequestration and longleaf pine ecosystems; re-introduction of fire into a fire suppressed longleaf pine ecosystem; relationships among longleaf pine seedlings, sapling mortality, recruitment, growth and fire on sandhills sites and uneven-aged management of longleaf pine at Eglin Air Force Base; longleaf pine restoration and state and condition of montane longleaf ecosystems with emphasis on old-growth longleaf pine stands at Fort McClellan Army Base; plant community response to season of burn in natural longleaf pine stands; pine straw and pole production in longleaf pine stands; productivity of longleaf pine in relation to competition and climatic factors; longleaf pine bibliography; several projects associated with the restoration of the Flomaton Natural Area, an old-growth longleaf pine stand in south Alabama; and response of planted pines to various cultural treatments. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers dealing with longleaf pine research. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/09.
Billy Laechelt attended Auburn University and Jefferson State Junior College with an emphasis on business management. For nearly 10 years while working for United Parcel Service and Asplundh Company, Billy worked part-time for the Alabama Forest Owners Association. Billy set up the association's bookkeeping system and handled all payroll responsibilities. In 2007, he came to work full time for the association and is now the Business and Technical Manager. Billy is in charge of all newsletter and web advertising, web design, calendar of events maintenance, payroll and accounting. Billy is married to Tara and has one son, Caleb. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/08.
Lee Laechelt received a B. S. degree in Forest Management from the University of Illinois in 1963. His first professional job was with Southern Timber Management Service, Inc. (now Resource Management Service LLC). His early work included timber cruising, timber sales, and writing management plans. After gaining experience, Lee worked on large timber inventories (100,000 acres+) using custom flown aerial photography and ground truth samples. In 1972 he began work with the Alabama Forestry Commission as an Urban Forester and later as a Forest Management Specialist. In 1981 Lee and several other landowners founded the Alabama Forest Owners' Association. In 1995, Lee became the association's Executive Vice President. Lee is married to Eyvon and has one son, Billy, and one grandson, Caleb. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/08.
Bobby L. Lanford, Associate Professor of Timber Harvesting and Extension Timber Harvesting Specialist, School of Forestry, Auburn University. Dr. Lanford received a BS and MS from Clemson University and Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Bobby has been employed by International Paper Company, Weyerhaeuser Company, and the American Pulpwood Association. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and conducts research on the economics and silvicultural effectiveness on plantation thinning. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 4/99 & Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/00.
Amanda Hamsley Lang leads Forisk’s bioenergy research and is the Managing Editor of Wood Bioenergy US. Amanda is also Operations Manager at Forisk and manages day-to-day operating activities associated with consulting projects, educational programming, and publications/subscriptions. Her professional experience includes internships with International Paper in Augusta, Georgia and forestry operations research at the University of Georgia under Dr. Dale Greene. Ms. Lang has published articles about forestry operations and forestry education research, including award-winning technical releases with the Forest Resources Association. Ms. Lang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/12.
Bruce S. Lanier is Vice President of McKinley & Lanier Forest Resources, Inc., a forestry consulting firm based in Northport, Alabama. He received a B. S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and has attended numerous continuing education courses including Management of Existing Hardwood Stands, Natural Regeneration of Southern Pine, and Forestry Investment Analysis Workshop. Bruce is a licensed forester in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/02.
David Lansky, Ph.D., a senior associate of the
Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. has played a key role in the growth and
transformation of dozens of family businesses. With his sincere dedication to
the success of his clients, David has helped facilitate growth in families,
repair difficult relationships, and turn stagnant companies into thriving
A clinical psychologist and family therapist by training, David spent over 15 years as a managing partner in a clinical psychology practice, where he observed the impact that personal relationships, family dynamics, and communication obstacles can have on financial families’ business operations and planning. Today, his clients include entrepreneurs, owners of privately held firms, and financial families who want to enhance their communication, develop leaders and improve their ability to collaborate and work well together.
A graduate of Montreal’s McGill University, David obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He was one of the first psychologists in Illinois to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and was certified as a Family Therapy Supervisor by the National Association of Marital and Family Therapy. He has served as clinical faculty member and supervisor at Northwestern University’s Family Institute and taught marital and family therapy at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. David is a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) and is coordinator of FFI’s Midwest Study Group, the longest standing study group affiliated with FFI.
David is a nationally recognized expert on the psychology and family dynamics of wealth and business. He has conducted scores of seminars and workshops on these topics across the U.S., for business owners, their families and their advisors. David writes a regular column in the Journal of Practical Estate Planning on “Money and Meaning” which is read widely by trusts and estates attorneys, financial planners, and other advisors to financial families.
David is married, lives in Highland Park, Illinois and has three adult children. Source: www.efamilybusiness.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=ConsultantDetails&ConsultantID=20, 5/13.
Donald Leal is a senior associate with PERC (Political Economy Research Center, Bozeman, Montana) where he has been carrying out research in natural resource and environmental issues since 1985. He is coauthor with Terry L. Anderson of Free Market Environmentalism, Revised Edition, and Enviro-Capitalists: Doing Good While Doing Well, and has written numerous articles on such topics as privatizing ocean fisheries, water marketing for fish and wildlife, creating self-sustaining parks, and applying the trust concept to public lands. His current projects include assessing the impact of individual transferable quota programs in fishery management throughout the world and co-editing a book documenting cases where government programs harm the environment. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/01.
Gregory L. Leatherbury, Jr., Esq., is a partner in the Foley office of Hand Arendall, LLC. Practicing law in Alabama since 1973, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and has a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from New York University. Past chairman of the Tax section for the Alabama State Bar, and the U of A Federal Tax Clinic, Greg's areas of expertise include: Estate and gift tax, probate, corporate and real estate. His unique style of teaching is designed to make you think and act upon your own situation. Greg has an insight for family business and taxation issues that is unparalleled in the timber industry. He represents many large-scale timberland owners throughout the Southeast. Source: Saving the Family Tree brochure, 7/00.
Dennis LeBleu graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Florida in 1975. For almost twenty years, he was the North District Manager of F & W Forestry Services, Inc. of Phenix City, Alabama, where in 1993 he became Branch Manager. He is a Registered Forester in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, where he is also a Certified Real Estate Appraiser. He also has a Real Estate Broker License in Alabama. LeBleu is a member of the Society of American Foresters, past-President of the Flint River Group; member of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. and Chair of the Alabama Chapter of the ACF; member of the Alabama Forest Owners Association; Pine Mountain and War Eagle Chapters of the Society of American Foresters; Alabama Forestry Association; Alabama Forestry Commission’s State Treasure Forests Commission; Past District Tree Farm Chairman of West Georgia; Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus; Phenix City Rotary Club; and Phenix City Chamber of Commerce. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/04.
Kelly LeCouvie is a senior consultant with The
Family Business consulting Group, and works primarily in two areas of
governance: corporate governance, which includes the development and assessment
of corporate boards; and family governance, which includes the development of
structures within the family that facilitate effective and sustainable decision
making across generations. She has worked with clients in multiple industries
based in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the
Kelly has worked in an advisory capacity with her family’s 60 year-old logistics company, and has personally experienced the joys and challenges of family members working together. She works with her mother, and three of her four brothers. Prior to returning to school to obtain her PhD, she founded and managed a securities business in Toronto for several years.
As a faculty member at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Kelly teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and organization behavior. She has been nominated for (and won) several teaching excellence awards over the last 12 years. She is the author and co-author of two books: one on organization behavior and another on women in family businesses. Kelly regularly speaks at conferences to a wide variety of audiences on corporate and family governance structures, family policy development, management of organizational change, and strategic leadership.
Kelly sits on a number of business boards, and has been involved as a board member and fundraiser for Autism Ontario over the last 20 years.
Kelly received an undergraduate degree in Economics, an MBA in finance, and a PhD in Organization Behavior. She and her husband live in Toronto Canada, enjoy travelling and spending time with family. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/14.
Eben Lehman is Technical Archivist at the Forest History Society (FHS) in Durham, NC. He received his M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work at FHS includes managing the digitization and cataloging of the large historic photograph collection. His previous archival work includes several years with the Missouri State Archives. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/08.
John Leidner was born in the Rio Grande Valley near the Mexican border in South Texas. It is there that he grew up on a small citrus, crop, and cattle farm. He attended parochial and public schools in Mission, Texas, and in 1970 served as State Vice President for the Texas FFA Association. In 1974, John graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in agricultural journalism and was named the Outstanding Journalism Graduate, an award presented to him by The Society of Professional Journalists. He also received an M.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in 1976. In 1974 and 1975, he worked as a writer for the Iowa Cooperative Extension Service. In December of 1975, John joined Progressive Farmer in Birmingham, Alabama, as an assistant editor for the Southeast regional edition. In 1978 he was promoted to Southeast Regional Editor, and in March of 1979 he opened a new regional editorial office in Tifton, Georgia. Since then, John has received many writing awards. His most recent was an Honorable Mention presented to him in 1992 by the Conservation Technology Information Center with support from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He also received the 1994 Press Award presented by the South Carolina Soybean Association. John coordinates Progressive Farmer's coverage of the peanut industry and the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition farm show. Source: Progressive Farmer, 7/00.
Liam E. Leightley is the head of the Department of Forest Products at Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources and Wildlife Research Center. He received his B.S. from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom then received his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Portsmouth, also in the United Kingdom. Dr. Leightley's research interests include marketing, technology transfer, strategic planning and wood protection. Source: MSU Faculty/Staff bio, 1/04.
Sara A. Leiman has been the primary timber and forest manager for and part owner of her family (now) limited liability company since 1978. The 3-generation family has 3,200 acres in 3 counties in the central Coast Range of Oregon. They are working to achieve a sustained flow of forest products from their lands. She is active in the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/05.
Theodor D. Leininger is a Research Plant Pathologist and Project Leader for the US Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, Mississippi, where he has studied the production, protection and sustainable management of bottomland hardwoods for more than 20 years. In addition to his research interest in developing biofuels feedstock crop production systems for eastern cottonwood and black willow, Ted and his cooperators are developing disease resistance in American sycamore to be grown in plantations for pulpwood and biofuels feedstocks. Ted has helped to refine and promote the use of an eastern cottonwood-oak interplanting method developed by his Center to the point where the method has been used in the past 5 years to plant more than 3 million hardwood trees on more than 5,000 acres of formerly unproductive agricultural land in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/13.
Gary D. Lemme serves as the Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System with offices in every county in Alabama. He is an experienced academic with a Ph. D. in soil science from the University of Nebraska. He came to Alabama approximately 18 months ago after progressively more important administrative positions at the University of Hawaii, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University and South Dakota State University. Dr. Lemme has conducted research and Extension programs during his career addressing the management of agricultural and forested lands. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Sam Lemmon is President of Destructive Furbearer Control, LLC., a professional predator management company that has been operating in the South Georgia, North Florida area for the past three years. DFC has conducted predator management services on over thirty plantations in the South Georgia, North Florida area. DFC's primary goals have been the increase of game species on quail plantations through the use of large scale predator management. DFC also conducts beaver management projects, released waterfowl protection projects, wild hog control, and some projects dealing with agricultural loss due to predators. DFC works in cooperation with a number of different private landowners as well as their game managers, consultants, and state fish and game officials. DFC works in cooperation with some well known and respected institutions to provide responsible, and effective predator management to their constituents. DFC currently consists of four full time trappers that conduct predator management activities year round. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/04.
Susan L. LeVan-Green began her career with the Forest Service at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, and has worked for the Forest Service for 21 years. During that time, she has held positions in both Research and State & Private Forestry. Susan has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. She has been a scientist in the field of fire, worked in the Forest Service Washington Office Research staff handling budget coordination and policy, and as the Assistant Director for Wood Products Research at the FPL. It was in this capacity that Susan became actively engaged with National Forest System issues of overstocked stands of small-diameter material. Since 1992, Susan has lead FPL’s active and notable program on small-diameter timber. During this time, she developed first-hand knowledge about issues related to both economic diversification of forestry-dependent rural communities and the need to obtain the highest economic value for thinning material to offset forest management costs. To that end, she has spent the past 10 years helping small, forestry-dependent businesses create value-added forest products from small-diameter and underutilized timber. In 1999, Susan became the Program Manager of the S&PF, Technology Marketing Program, at FPL to concentrate her efforts on the small-diameter issue. She has successfully helped numerous rural communities create forest products businesses utilizing small-diameter material. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/02.
Neil S. Levinbook is Vice President of Steel in the Air, Inc., a company that provides consulting services to landowners, both public and private involving any and all issues associated with cell tower leases including lease negotiation, re-negotiation, landlord tenant disputes, as well as general lease administration. Prior to working for Steel in the Air, Neil was an attorney with Sprint/Nextel Corporation for over four and a half years where he was responsible for overseeing the Northeast area Legal Department as well as outside counsel for all aspects of the negotiation and drafting of all commercial leases, vendor service contracts and litigation. In addition, he provided counsel and strategy to internal business clients and other departments relating to facility siting, site acquisition, and land use. Neil also provided legal support on other various initiatives including NASCAR sponsorship, large-scale municipal deployments, distributed antenna systems and other related services. Prior to his tenure at Sprint/Nextel, he held a similar position as the Lead Attorney for the Eastern Region at Metricom, Inc. Neil’s education includes a Bachelor of Art in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University in New York.
James N. Levitt is director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and a research fellow at the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has written and lectured widely on how communications and transportation networks have enabled dramatic shifts in land use over the course of American history, and how a new generation of networks - the Internet and express delivery systems - is enabling further changes in how and where Americans live, work, trade, learn, play, and interact with nature. Prior to coming to the university, Levitt developed corporate strategy related to the emergence of the Internet and electronic commerce for Fortune 50 sized companies as a Principal at GeoPartners Research, Inc. He is active as a Director of several environmental organizations, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment. Levitt is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management. Source: The Program On Conservation Innovation At The Harvard Forest, http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/research/pci/About.htm.
William J. Libby is a senior associate with Zobel Forestry Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he served as a professor at the University of California-Berkeley from 1961 until 1994, with joint appointments in the Genetics, Forestry, and Conservation of Natural Resources departments. He has a B.S. in forestry from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in tree physiology and population genetics from Berkeley, and he spent a postdoctoral year in the Genetics and Forestry departments at North Carolina State University. He has worked in forests in most states of the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, China, Australia, Fiji, and in many countries in Europe. During 1989-2002, he spent about half time in New Zealand, mostly at the Centre for Advanced Forest Biotechnology. He has taught courses at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the University of Washington, the Swedish Agricultural University, and the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Source: R. Burdon & W. Libby, Genetically Modified Forests: From Stone Age to Modern Biotechnology (2006).
Jon Lindsay graduated with a forestry degree from The University of Arkansas in 1992. He works for Forest Management, Inc. of Savannah, TN and is a registered forester in Alabama. Jon is a long-time member of the Tennessee Forestry Association and has chaired the Tennessee Tree Farm Committee. He has assisted many private landowners with timber sales and reforestation projects, specializing in selective timber marking and custom harvests, pine and hardwood tree planting, and chemical site prep and release. Source: Personal Résumés, 10/09.
Bruce Lindsey: Based out of Charlotte, NC, Bruce is a 20+ year veteran of the Wood Products Industry. His multi-faceted career experience has included architectural design, structural design and various roles within the engineered wood products industry including, marketing, product management, distribution, consulting and sales. He is a leading consultant in 4 and 5 story wood framed construction and has an extensive knowledge in the application and use of Engineered Wood Products. As the Southeast Regional Director for the Wood Products Council, Bruce serves as a Wood Products Industry spokesperson and educator, dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of structural wood products in non-residential construction through a variety of forums and seminars reaching over 1,000 design professionals annually. Bruce is one of the region’s current leading resources on the implementation and sustainability of wood products, working with local/state government, professional associations, and industry to promote the environmental and economic benefits of wood construction. Source: Personal Résumés, 1/14.
Jody Lipford is an associate professor of economics at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Francis Marion College and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University. Lipford wrote this essay while he served as a visiting scholar with PERC. A previous paper, "Jocassee Gorges - Private Vice or Public Virtue?" by Lipford, Jerry Slice, and Bruce Yandle was published by PERC in 2002 as a research study. Source: Property & Environment Research Center website, 3/2004.
Doug Link is retired after 41+ years in the Forest Products Industry and is currently self-employed as a Consulting Forester under the name Forest Scape. He specializes in timber sales and landscapes. Doug has been active in the Tree Farm program since 1965 and is now serving his 5th year as Chairman of the program. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/03.
Graeme Lockaby, Professor of Forest Soils, School of Forestry, Auburn University. Dr. Lockaby teaches advanced forest soils and research methods. His research interests include: Biogeochemistry of floodplain ecosystems; Decomposition and nutrient circulation in temperate and tropical forests; and Harvesting impacts on forest soil ecology. He received BS and MS degrees in Forestry from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Mississippi State University. Source: Auburn University, Faculty of the School of Forestry, 7/98.
Dr. Brian Roy Lockhart is currently a Research Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research at Stoneville, Mississippi. Before that Dr. Lockhart was a faculty member at the School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas - Monticello, and a faculty member at the School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University. He graduated from Gentry High School, Gentry, Arkansas, received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Arkansas - Monticello, a M.F.S. at Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), and a Ph.D. Forestry at Mississippi State University (major professor Dr. John Hodges). His research interests include: ecology, silviculture, and management of southern bottomland hardwoods with an emphasis on natural regeneration and stand development. Source: Personal Résumés, 4/08.
Merdith C. Lockwood. Cam graduated from
California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Recreation Management and
Administration. In 1976 he graduated from CSU Chico with a masters degree in
Recreation Planning and Design. He has worked for the past 34 years in a number
of Federal Agencies including: Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Heritage
Conservation, Recreation Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land
Management and for the past fifteen years for the U.S. Forest Service. Cam has
always worked in the field of recreation, first as an Outdoor Recreation
Planner, Field Ranger and trail crew leader all the way to the State Outdoor
Recreation Planner for the BLM in California. Cam is currently the Unit Leader
of a National Enterprise Team called “Trails Unlimited” an internal business
within the Forest Service. In Cam’s 34 years he has concentrated his efforts in
planning, layout & design, construction, maintenance and management of a full
spectrum of trail systems. During his time with the BLM and Forest Service he
has concentrated on developing designs and techniques that are in concert with
resource protection and recreational values for trails.
Cam has the distinction of being the actual person who completed the last 7½ mile stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and drove the “Golden Spike” at the completion ceremony. He has also received many accolades from the trails community for developing new techniques and equipment for trails. During his tenure with the BLM Cam received awards for “Trail Manager of the Year” as well as being placed on the National OHV trails coordination group. During the 25th anniversary of the California Department of Parks and Recreation the OHMVR Division, Cam was awarded the OHV Trail Manager of the year. Cam is one of the original members of the US Forest Service “OHV Core Group” that identified the original concerns of the OHV managers on a national basis back in the eighties.
During his 18 years with the Forest Service Cam has had the designation of “Master Performer” for trails both non-motorized as well as motorized. Most recently he has been active with the federal leadership for the “National Trails Training Partnership” and an instructor for the National Trails Training Core Group. Cam has published several documents on trail management such as the “Trails 2000” , ATV training, Modular Retaining Walls, Revised the AMA’s Joe Wernix OHV Planning, Layout and Design, Mechanized Trail Equipment Catalog, Mechanized Trail Construction Equipment Video and Trail Grading and Grooming Equipment.
Cam and his team has over the past ten years developed and implemented the Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management’s Trail Tractor Training & Certification program on a national basis and is currently providing eight other in-depth training modules on a national basis. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/09.
Dr. Edward F. Loewenstein earned a BS in Forest Resources Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a MS in Forest Biology from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Silviculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He spent six years as a Research Forester with the US Forest Service, North Central Research Station in Columbia, MO. He returned to Auburn University in 2002 to join the faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Silviculture. His research interests include uneven-aged silvicultural systems, hardwood silviculture, canopy dynamics, temporal effects of thinning on light in the understory, and stand stocking and growing space allocation. He has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1985. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/07.
Robert Loper is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and owns a 502 acre timber property in Greene County. While being employed by an international chemical firm, his interests in efficiently managing the timber on the family land have led him to attend numerous seminars and locate many sources of forestry and wildlife information on the Internet. He is currently a member of the Tuscaloosa County Forestry Planning Committee and has given two presentations in 2002 on Forest Mapping and Uses for Global Positioning Systems for the Individual Landowner. Robert will give another presentation on the GPS and Forest Mapping in Tuscaloosa in June or July. Robert is also working with mapping programs such as Maptech Terrain Navigator and Softree Terrain Tools to better manage the family land. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/02.
a journalist and author of eight books about the
connections between family, nature and community. His newest book is
Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
(Algonquin), which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives
are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future,
available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical
and spiritual health for people of every age.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network at www.childrenandnature.org, an organization helping build the movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.
In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University's highest honor, for "sustained achievement in public service" and has been a Clemson visiting professor. Among other awards, Louv is the recipient of the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, and the 2009 International Making Cities Livable Jane Jacobs Award. He also serves as Honorary Co-chairman, with artist Robert Bateman, of Canada's national Children and Nature Alliance.
Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC's Today Show and Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC's Good Morning America, and NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation. Between 1984 and 2007 he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and has been a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine. Louv was an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program. He serves on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and is a member of the Citistates Group. He has appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House as well as at major governmental and professional conferences, nationally and internationally, most recently as keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. For more information, visit www.RichardLouv.com.
He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two young men, Jason, 29 and Matthew, 23. He would rather fish than write. Source: http://richardlouv.com/about/, 7/11.
Joshua D. Love is a Staff Forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission. Josh's work focuses on emerging markets for carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services, as well as his current work in examining financial opportunities of multiple value approaches to forest management. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/11.
Melisa V. Love was born in and raised near our Nation's Capital, Washington, DC. She enrolled in forestry school in spite of being told by one Dean, “You can attend school here, but women are un-employable as foresters.” Lisa graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS degree in Forest Resource Management in 1976, and immediately moved to Opelika, Alabama to work for 5 years as a procurement forester for Georgia Kraft Company. After taking off several years to care for her pre-school children, Love began a consulting business. In 1995 she received her MS degree in Forest Economics from Auburn University. Lisa has now worked as a forestry consultant for several decades serving forest owners throughout the Southeast. She has served terms on both the Alabama Board of Registration for Foresters and the Alabama Forestry Commission. Lisa is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, currently serving as Chairman of the Alabama Chapter, and is also currently Vice Chairman of the Bradley-Murphy Trust. She has four grown children, two children-in-law, 2 granddaughters and one grandson. Lisa enjoys visits with her grandchildren, leading women’s bible study, spending time outdoors, and having happy and satisfied forest landowners as clients. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/14.
Terry Reece Love was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised on Monte Sano Mountain outside Huntsville, Alabama. Terry grew up enjoying serious hunting, trapping, taxidermy, and long distance track. He worked college summers in Yellowstone National Park as a station attendant and did research one summer on Grizzly bear. After graduation from Auburn in Forest Management Terry began a career with Georgia-Pacific as a pine procurement forester. He later moved to Mead Containerboard where he managed a hardwood mill and a woodyard in both Georgia and Tennessee. Terry became Vice-President of Forestry Consultants, Inc. in 1999 and has enjoyed working closely with private landowners to obtain their specific goals. He has been teaching Hunter Safety for Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama since 1988 specializing in wildlife and wilderness skills. In 2008, he was named the Alabama Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year by The Alabama Wildlife Federation and served a term as their Regional Director. In 2012 he won the Society of American Forester’s Presidential Field Forester Award for Region 10, Southeastern US. Terry has run most major marathons in the eastern U.S. He has four children and two grandchildren, enjoys hunting vacations, and good work days in your woods. Source: Personal Résumé, 03/13.
Robert Mark Lowe graduated in 1986 with a Forest
Engineering Degree from Auburn University. Mark is a registered forester in the
state of Alabama. His professional work experience includes the following:
Sizemore and Sizemore – assisting in forest land appraisal and setting up timber sales.
o Canal Wood – buying timber for a barging operation.
o Rocky Creek Logging Company – running a large clearcutting operation and thinning operation.
o Findley Timber Company – buying timber for a large company-owned logging crew and small logging contractors.
o Union Camp / International Paper Co. – building roads & bridges on fee land and buying timber for a large paper mill, sawmill and plymill.
o Kronospan – managing wood procurement. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/09.
Jeremy Lowery grew up in and around forestry. In 2001 he graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and then worked four years in a family logging company. During those four years he gained experience in personnel management, production standards, boundary line painting, streamside management zone delineation, global positioning systems, and heavy equipment operation and maintenance; obtained a Commercial Drivers License; and drove log trucks and other 18 wheelers. From 2005 to the present he has been with the Alabama Forestry Commission as the BMP Coordinator. His responsibilities there include Best Management Practices (BMP) complaint remediation, random monitoring, training, and working with the Alabama Clean Water Partnerships. During this time he has also served on several committees with statewide implications. He resides in Greenville, Alabama, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three-year-old son. His avocations include hunting and other sports. Source: Personal Résumé, 09/07.
Jeffery N. Lucas is a seasoned professional land surveyor with over 27 years of surveying experience. Mr. Lucas has been in the surveying business since January 2, 1976. He obtained his first professional license as a registered land surveyor in Florida in 1984. Since that time he is now a registered/licensed surveyor in five southeastern states and a college graduate with a degree in business administration. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. In addition to his work experience, Mr. Lucas has written many published articles on the subject of land surveying and leads continuing education seminars for land surveyors. From his home office in central Alabama, Mr. Lucas travels throughout the southeast performing surveying services for private and commercial clients. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/03.
April Lupardus is Conservation Programs Specialist with the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Working for a non-profit, April wears many hats. She helps local AWF chapters organize local projects including Wild Game Cook-Offs (http://www.alawild.org/wild_ga.htm). She is also Managing Editor of AWF's Alabama Wildlife magazine (http://www.alawild.org/archive.htm), manages AWF's website (http://www.alawild.org/), and coordinates several of AWF's conservation education programs. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/02.
Crystal Lupo is a Graduate Student at Auburn University working toward a PhD in Forestry. Her current research focuses on microenterprise opportunities for rural areas using small scale forest technologies, such as portable sawmills. She has a Master’s degree in Rural Sociology with previous research focusing on labor market change and occupational communities in the pulp and paper industry. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/09.
Jack Lutz is Principal and Forest Economist of the Forest Research Group (founded in 2004) and has over 25 years of experience in timberland investments in academic, industry, research and consulting positions. Dr. Lutz is editor of Forest Research Notes, a quarterly newsletter on timberland investments and market dynamics and is adjunct faculty at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. He worked as Director, Global Research and Valuations for FourWinds Capital Management (2007-2010), as a Resource Economist for James W. Sewall Company (1998-2004), and as Senior Forest Economist at Hancock Timber Resource Group (1994-1998). He was a natural resources consultant (1990-1994) and a research forester at the University of New Hampshire (1985-1990). Before that he worked with Container Corporation of America as a timber planning analyst, with Tennessee River Pulp & Paper Company as a financial analyst, and with USDA Forest Service as an inventory forester. Dr. Lutz received his PhD in Natural Resources and his BS in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire. He has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/11.
John F. Lyle, III joined Adams and Reese in 2003
and leads the firm's Tax team. He practices in the firm's Birmingham and Mobile
offices in the areas of corporate, partnership and limited liability company
planning, franchise, estate planning, probate, trusts and estates, mergers and
acquisitions, tax planning and tax controversies. He represents businesses,
individuals and families.
Internally, Johnny assists other attorneys at Adams and Reese with regular tax and entity matters. He received his Master of Laws in Taxation from Emory University and is admitted to practice law in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
His significant contributions include:
Johnny is a member of the Board of Directors of the
Estate Planning Council of Mobile, Inc., and the Finance and Taxation Committee
of the Birmingham Business Alliance. He served as the Chairman of the Tax
Section of the Alabama State Bar Association.
He is a member of the Family Firm Institute.
He is listed in Best Lawyers® - Tax Law, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate planning, business planning, family businesses, corporate, partnership, and limited liability company issues. In his free time, Johnny enjoys spending time with his family, reading, golf, softball, racquetball, and fishing. Source: http://www.adamsandreese.com/john-f-lyle/, 1/13.
James K. Lyons has served as Director/CEO of the
Alabama State Port Authority since July 1, 1999. Mr. Lyons’ 37 year professional
maritime industry career has encompassed marketing, financial management,
transportation, stevedoring and terminal operations.
Since joining the Authority, Mr. Lyons has overseen construction of new facilities and upgrades to railroad, pier infrastructure, and equipment. Mr. Lyons manages an organization of 570 employees, with fiscal year 2010 revenues approaching $107 million, and handling more than 24 million tons of cargo. In 2010, Mr. Lyons managed the implementation of several capital programs at the port, including the newly completed $110 million Pinto Island Terminal that handles raw material bound for ThyssenKrupp’s $4.3 billion steel mill in Alabama. Mr. Lyons is also overseeing the construction and development of an Intermodal Container Handling Facility and Logistics Park, which will represent well over $200 million in new infrastructure.
Mr. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Alabama and completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Mr. Lyons is actively involved with many professional and maritime organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and in August 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, named Mr. Lyons to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council. The Council will be advising the federal agency on national marine transportation policy issues.
He is married to Beth Marietta Lyons, a local attorney, and they have one son, Patrick. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/11.
Douglas W. MacCleery is Assistant Director of Forest and Rangeland Management with the National Forest System of the USDA/Forest Service, Washington, D.C. Doug is a professional forester who has worked in natural resource management and policy for his entire career. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in forestry from Michigan State University. MacCleery worked in northern California for seven years as a field forester for the USDA/Forest Service on the Tahoe and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. In this job he assisted in the multiple purpose management of the National Forests for timber production, recreation, wildlife management, livestock grazing and watershed protection. He then left the Forest Service for experience in the private sector, taking a position as a forest policy analyst for the National Forest Products Association in Washington, D.C. Between 1981 and 1987, MacCleery was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a position in which he had policy oversight over the Forest Service and Soil Conservation Service. In 1987, Doug MacCleery returned to the Forest Service in Washington, D.C., most recently as the Forest and Rangeland Management Assistant Director for Forest Inventory and Planning. For the past several years, Mr. MacCleery has been seeking to make people more aware of how U.S. forests and grasslands have changed from pre-colonial times to the present. Doug's focus on environmental history has been to seek to highlight how the relationship between humans and their forests has evolved over the years and on the lessons this experience provides that are relevant to future forest conservation. The idea behind these efforts is that informed choices about the future of our forests and wildlife should be based in part on knowledge of how they came to be what they are today. Doug is married, with three children and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/01.
Kenneth MacDicken is a forester working with Winrock International, a non-government organization based in Morrilton, Arkansas. He has 30 years of forestry experience in the United States and in over 30 other countries. He heads Winrock’s Forest Management Services unit which helps landowners and managers find ways to improve profits through application of modern aerial imagery. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/04.
Fletcher Majors grew up in the timber business with his grandfather being a logger and his father a timber dealer. Fletcher graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1974. He received a J.D. degree from Jones Law Institute in 1980. He is a non-practicing member of the Alabama Bar. He holds the REALTORS Land Institute designation of Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) and was chosen by this national network of land brokers as the Land REALTOR of America in 1996. He owns two real estate offices: The Great Southern Land Company, Inc. in Camden, which is managed by Don Donald, ALC and Great Southern Land, LLC in Wetumpka, which he manages. Fletcher's companies have sold land throughout Alabama in tracts from 40 acres to 5,800 acres with selling prices up to $12.4 million. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/01.
Charles C. Mann is the author of 1491 (Knopf), a history of the Americas before Columbus. A Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including Business 2.0, Forbes ASAP, Geo (Germany), The New York Times (magazine, op-ed, book review), Panorama (Italy), Paris-Match (France), Quark (Japan), Smithsonian, Der Stern (Germany), Technology Review, The Washington Post (magazine, op-ed, book review). In addition to 1491, he has co-written four other books: The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in 20th-Century Physics (1986; rev. ed., 1995); The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine, and 100 Years of Rampant Competition (1991), Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species (1995), and @ Large: The Strange Case of the Internet’s Biggest Invasion (1998). He has also written for CD-ROMs, HBO, and the television show Law and Order, and was the text editorial coordinator for the internationally best-selling photographic projects Material World (1994), Women in the Material World (1996), and Hungry Planet (2005). A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has received writing prizes from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Margaret Sanger Foundation. Source: http://www.charlesmann.org/Vita.htm, 7/07.
Drew Marczak serves as Senior Forester-Environmental with Georgia-Pacific Corporation's timber group, The Timber Company. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 1990, working in both land management and timber procurement. In 1995, he assumed his current position working with environmental issues in forestry. Drew also has nine years of experience with International Paper in wood procurement, land management, and landowner assistance. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 2/00.
Jason Martin is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. degree in forestry. He has worked through a forestry consultant as a contractor to International Paper. Before joining the Alabama Forest Owners’ Association as staff forester, he worked for the State of Florida on the Blackwater River State Forest. Jason and his wife, Meredith, are originally from Wetumpka, AL. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/05.
Joel S. Martin is the Director of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Joel earned a BS Degree in Biology in 1989 from Wofford College and an MS Degree in 1993 in Forest Resources from Clemson University. His work experience prior to becoming Director of the Dixon Center has included: Biologist, Wildlife Technical Services Inc, Vicksburg, MS; Biologist, Alabama Dept. of Conservation, Demopolis, AL; Supervisor of Wildlife Resources, James River Corporation, Pennington, AL; Conservation Biologist, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Pine Mountain, GA; Asst. Forest & Wildlife Biologist, Sea Island Corporation, Woodbine, GA. Joel's responsibilities at the Center include: Oversee the operations of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, a 5,350 acre working forest with a multi-functional educational facility. The purpose of the Dixon Center is to support education and research through the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences by providing applied (hands-on) examples of current management techniques, while also producing income from the property to cover operational costs of the facility. Forest management activities include timber harvesting, prescribed fire, herbicide application and more to produce income, a healthy forest and a diversity of wildlife habitat. Educational activities include serving as an instructor for the School during summer forestry & wildlife courses, while also providing programs on a variety of topics to other groups throughout the remainder of the year. Joel is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a Registered Forester. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/14.
Thomas D. Martin is President and CEO of the
American Forest Foundation. He and his sister manage two hundred acres of mixed
hardwoods in their family property in Wisconsin. Formerly, he served as the
Executive Vice President of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA,
the citizens advocacy group for a superlative National Park system). He also
served as President and Member of the Board of Directors of Earth Force, Inc.,
the nation’s largest young people’s environmental and citizenship education and
action group. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of the National Audubon Society.
Tom was Deputy Director of Policy, Budget and Administration, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. As the Founding Director, Michigan Offices of the Great Lakes and Water Resources, State Water Administrator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, he acted as chief advocate on these issues for Michigan before Congress, international and regional bodies.
Tom is currently a member of the Northland College Board of Trustees. He has served as Board Chair of the Natural Resources Council of America; Chair and Founding Member of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, a $100+M public endowment to fund Great Lakes research and demonstration projects; Chair of the Great Lakes Commission, an 8 state, regional government organization; as a member of the Governor’s Commission on a Sustainable South Florida; and as Vice President of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.
Tom holds a B.S. from The American University, Washington DC, a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law, and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1979. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/11.
Timothy A. Martin has been on the faculty at the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation since 1997. He received a B.S. in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Tree Physiology from the University of Georgia and University of Washington, respectively. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource management and tree physiology, and does research on forest biology and silviculture in managed southern pine forests. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Nancie G. Marzulla is a founder and President
of Defenders of Property Rights, the nation’s only national non-profit, public
interest legal foundation devoted exclusively to the protection of private
Ms. Marzulla has played a key role in several successful landmark state and federal lawsuits, including the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases of Solid Waste Agency of Cook County (SWANCC) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, Bennett v. Spear, Dolan v. City of Tigard, Suitum v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd. She has also testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, and numerous state legislatures on the importance of property rights legislation. She has assisted in the drafting and analysis of numerous property rights bill in both the House and the Senate in Congress. She has also served as consultant to numerous state legislatures and groups on the drafting of property rights and environmental legislation.
Ms. Marzulla is a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Bar Association. She currently chairs the Federalist Society Subcommittee on Wetlands and Endangered Species and is National Advisor for the Independent Women’s Forum. She founded and chaired the Property Rights Roundtable – the only national action-network for grassroots property rights groups and leaders across the country. She has written numerous articles and spoken extensively on these issues.
Ms. Marzulla holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a law degree from the University of Colorado. While in law school she served as a member of the law review and co-founded the Colorado chapter of the Federalist Society. She was an appointee in the Reagan Administration Justice Department and was a litigator at Vernor, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, and Hand, prior to her tenure as President of Defenders of Property Rights in 1991. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. Source: Defenders of Property Rights, 09/03.
Michael Mastro has been a graphic designer, photographer, and digital artist for over 25 years for clients like Nike, Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball and spent a parallel 20 years in the music business. He is on the Mobile County GOP Executive Committee, and handles Advertising/PR for the Steering Committee. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/04.
Gene Matchen is the Customer Service Manager at Moultrie, the leading brand in wildlife feeders. Gene and his service team not only provide technical support, but also offer advice to customers on game management and supplemental feeding. He is an avid hunter and knows firsthand the importance of instituting a good game management program. Personal Resume 02/08.
Catherine M. Mater is President of Oregon-based Mater Engineering, Ltd. – a worldwide leading consulting engineering and marketing research firm in the forest products industry. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Pinchot Institute for Conservation based in Washington DC. Mater is a leading expert in value-added wood processing and sustainable forest management practices throughout the world. She now heads a benchmark research project in the US focused on understanding what drives decisions by non-industrial private forestland (NIPF) owners to fragment or convert their family forests. With funding provided by the Wood Education Research Center and the US Forest Service – her current research targets offspring of NIPF owners as the next generation to decide whether forest lands stay in family hands. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/04.
Mike Matre, President and Founder of MFC, was
raised in Albany, Georgia. Growing up in beautiful southwest Georgia gave him a
great appreciation of our outdoor world, which ultimately led him to his
forestry career. After graduating from Westover High School in Albany in 1990,
he studied forestry at the University of Georgia and graduated from the UGA
Warnell School of Forest Resources in 1996. While attending college, Mike
acquired real world forestry experience by interning with the timber management
divisions St. Joe Paper Company and Mead Coated Board, and working part-time for
the UGA School of Forest Resources. Immediately after graduating from UGA, Mike
went to work for Hogan Forest Services, LLC, a forestry consulting company in
Waynesboro, Georgia. In 1997 he accepted a position in Macon, Georgia with
Atterbury Consultants, Inc., headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. At Atterbury,
Mike was able to build on his broad timber management experience by gaining
experience with timber procurement and land acquisition, GIS and GPS mapping,
and state of the art timber cruising and forest inventory software. In 1999,
Mike resigned from Atterbury to return to his hometown and start his own
forestry consulting company. Mike recently celebrated his company's 10th year
anniversary and is looking forward to further successes.
Mike resides in Albany, Georgia with his wife Joy and daughters Parker, Emma and Riley. Mike is a Georgia Registered Forester, a Georgia Licensed Real Estate Broker, a member of the Georgia Forestry Association, and the Georgia and National Association of Realtors. He and his family are members of Americus Baptist Temple. Source: http://matreforestry.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-broker.cgi?d=matre-forestry-consulting-inc&id=4076, 4/11.
John R. McAlister, II, CFS, is with Strategic Financial Consultants in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. John owned a service company while attending college and sold it to pursue other interests. After seeing a friend's business nearly destroyed due to a sudden death and a complete lack of sound advice of planning, he recognized a need to help others avoid losing everything they had worked a lifetime to acquire. John began his career in financial consulting in 1985. One of John's goals is to make certain that his clients create a legacy so that future generations can appreciate and nurture the land and not forget the efforts and sacrifices of their ancestors. Source: Saving the Family Tree brochure, 7/00.
Mike McCommons graduated with a Forestry Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in 1980. He worked in the logging business managing a small company, then started his own small sawmill and pine shavings plant for bagged horse shavings until 1991. Later, he reversed his roles in the tree business and began a landscaping and mulch business on Lake Oconee because he realized he could be paid more to plant a tiny tree with a shovel than cut a large tree and transport it with a million dollars worth of equipment. After 9-11, however, the landscaping business collapsed. Luckily, he found his hobby as his family’s property manager subsidized his landscaping business. Better yet, riders knew he owned a lot of property and offered money to utilize his small dirt bikes, ATV knowledge, and lands. So, he opened up ½ of the property to the riders for additional income and kept ½ for hunters, and Durhamtown Plantation was born. Today, they have a good cash flow from riders and an amazing hunting plantation with riders’ money to support it. The hunting gives them something to fall back on and is fully developed and paid for. Durhamtown Plantation has been featured on the Speed Channel twice, and ATV Television/ OLN will be filming a show on an upcoming riding and a turkey hunt event. In addition, Field and Stream will also be doing a story soon, and even a magazine from Japan has sent a reporter to do a story on how Durhamtown uses Japanese products for recreation. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/04.
Edward Gray McDermott is a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a principal in the firm Crow Shields Bailey PC. Gray received his BSBA with a major in accounting from Auburn University. His background is in accounting, tax and consulting services. He has over 18 years of experience in public practice with an emphasis in the manufacturing, construction, timber and real estate industries. Gray has a broad wealth of experience which includes tax research, preparation and review of corporate, partnership, individual, estate and fiduciary tax returns. He also supervises audits and accounting services. Gray is a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and has served as a member and president of the St. Ignatius School Board. He also supports McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and has twice served as Annual Fund Major Gifts Chairman. Gray is a current member of the Auburn University School of Accountancy Advisory Board and former board member of the Mobile Chapter of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Married to Elizabeth Rosalie Woodward with three children: Elizabeth (21), Annie (16) and Julia (13). Gray loves sports of all kinds and considers them all to be his main hobby. Source: http://www.csbcpa.com/partners/edward_mcdermott.php, 5/14.
Tina McDonald, AIC, Claims Adjuster, Southeastern Claims and the Davis Garvin Companies. Tina has been a property casualty adjuster for 14 years. She has been with major companies such as Travelers, Aetna and Seibels Bruce before joining Southeastern Claims. Formerly a litigation adjuster for Seibels Bruce, she brings with her substantial experience in the arena of casualty and liability claims. She has earned her Associate in Claims designation from the Insurance Institute of America. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Marty McElhaney is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Liberty Matters, Inc. and writes Liberty Matters' popular email newsletter. She is a long-time member of the livestock community, from the cow-calf sector to the feeding industry. She is past president of Idaho Cattle Women and served as legislative chairman for American National Cattle Women. She has been legislative chairman for Texas Cattle Women since 1990. Additionally, she publishes The McElhaney Report, a conservative view of current events. Source: libertymatters.org, 6/08.
Thom J. McEvoy is Professor Emeritus of Forestry
Extension at the University of Vermont (UVM), retired as of July 2011. He is
author of more than 250 Extension publications, technical bulletins on forestry
subjects, and seven books, including: Owning and Managing Forests -- A Guide
to Legal, Financial and Practical Matters (2004 Island Press), a national
book award winner that year, and his most recent book: Positive Impact
Forestry - A Sustainable Approach to Managing Woodlands (2005 Island Press),
recipient of two national book awards. Professor McEvoy is also a regular
contributor to regional, national and international trade journals for woodland
owners, logging contractors, mill owners and others in the forest products
Among his other accomplishments during his 30 years at UVM, Professor McEvoy is co-founder of the Coverts Initiative in 1984. It is an award-winning curriculum for forest owners on how to manage for wildlife that has since spread to more than 20 states. Thom also co-founded LEAP (Logger Education to Advance Professionalism), a multi-day curriculum for logging contractors that covers topics ranging from ecosystems to ethics, and safety to liability. Since its inception in 1991, LEAP has served as a model for logger education in every major timber-type in North America. He also holds the prestigious Sinclair Cup for his "distinguished service and exemplary leadership" to the UVM College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Extension, awarded in 2009.
Now, busier than ever, Thom offers consulting services in a wide-range of areas, from carbon accounting to timber taxes, along with expert testimony and mediation for families that want to develop strategies for keeping forests intact and in the family. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Jeffrey A. McFall is a fourteen-year veteran of the forest products industry. For the past three years he has served as Timber Market Analyst for Forest2Market. In this capacity he has been responsible for all timber data acquisition, monitoring of the southern US timber markets, statistical and analytical analysis of timber market data, as well as authoring and editing Forest2Market’s publications, The Southwide Timber Report, the Timber Owner Market Guide, and the Timber Market Price Guide. Prior to this Jeff managed the wood procurement activities for McCants Forest Products, Inc., a wood dealership and logging company in South Carolina. While there. he was responsible for purchasing timber to support the 160 load per week production capacity of three company logging crews, planning and coordinating wood deliveries to Georgia-Pacific and International Paper, as well as numerous other wood using facilities, through sixteen local wood producing entities, as well as managing all office and administrative support. He also was employed as a Resource Forester for Georgia-Pacific Corporation in both land management and procurement from 1991-1997. He helped develop and implement procurement strategy and raw material inventory management, managed local harvesting operations and relationships of local wood suppliers, as well as silvicultural operations on company lands. Jeff is a 1989 graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Forestry. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Joseph A. McGlincy joined Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc. in February, 1995 as director of wildlife and environmental services. Joe became a partner in the firm in 1997 and The Wildlife Company, a division of Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc. was formed in 2001. He specializes in project management, wildlife resource management, aquatic and terrestrial ecological assessments; endangered species management, surveys, marking and monitoring; environmental permitting; environmental assessments; environmental auditing; Sustainable Forestry Initiative guidance; workshops and training seminars; outdoor recreation market analysis. Joe has been involved in several endangered species projects including development of Habitat Conservation Plans and Safe Harbor Plans. He has conducted numerous third party Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification audits focusing primarily on wildlife, biodiversity and water quality issues. Joe has conducted large scale wildlife habitat evaluations on forest industry land, developed habitat models for sensitive species and provided SFI, wildlife and biodiversity training. Joe is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a member of The Wildlife Society. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/09.
(Deceased) Bill McKee, McKee Wildlife and Forestry Service, Inc., received his formal training in forestry, wildlife management and agricultural economics from Mississippi State University. He has over 27 years experience in timberland acquisition, disposition, forest operations management, and wildlife management. Previous employers include Weyerhaeuser Company, James River Timber Corporation, Alabama River Woodlands, and The Molpus Woodlands Resource Management Group. From 1982 to 1987 he was on staff at Auburn University as a forest economist. Bill is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Mississippi, a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a Certified Forester, and a licensed real estate sales person in Mississippi. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 3/00.
Tracy K. McKee, GIS Analyst/Instructor, FORS Institute. Ms. McKee brings a solid knowledge of forestry and management practices to teaching GIS from her work with consulting foresters and landowners. Tracy has extensive experience applying GIS technologies to forestry and natural resource management. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 6/99.
Monty D. McKinley started with Gulf States Paper Corp. in 1967 as a Project Forester involving land acquisition, inventory and timber procurement. In 1974 he became a district forester and managed 100,000 acres for the company. Then in 1979 Monty became the Manager of Timber Managers Company, a forestry consulting company owned by Gulf States Paper Corporation In 2002 he and a partner bought the consulting company and renamed it McKinley & Lanier Forest Resources, Inc., where he is still working. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Steve B. McKinney is the Assistant Director of Storm Water Management Authority, Inc. (SWMA). He began working for the agency in 1997, when it was created as a public corporation to locally administer federal water quality laws that set limits for polluted runoff entering waterways. SWMA currently manages these requirements for unincorporated Jefferson County and 25 municipalities. McKinney created the agency’s GIS program to be radically functional and responsive to regional needs, and currently manages spatial and attribute information for approximately 1,400 square miles. Proficient in 10 programming languages, he designed and developed several large GIS databases and structures in addition to customized programs. McKinney and his staff stay involved in many cooperative grant projects in the region, and frequently respond to requests for the extensive watershed analysis data available through the agency. He also is the creator and manager of SWMA’s intranet, extranet and internet services. McKinney received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental geographic information science in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in environmental management in 1999 from Samford University. He currently is pursuing a Doctorate in environmental health engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In addition, McKinney has had extensive professional training in computer languages and technical programs. He is an Adjunct Professor at Samford University for graduate studies in environmental management and geography. McKinney has served as technical coordinator and GIS specialist for several outside projects, including one in Tsavo, Kenya, Africa with Samford University and the EPSCOR Project with NASA. He is a member of many professional organizations, and serves the Alabama Geographic Information Council (AGIC) as a Technical Subcommittee Member and serves on the Board of Directors for the URISA Alabama Chapter. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/04.
John McMillan, CAE, serves as Executive
Vice President, of the Alabama Forestry Association. He was appointed to that
position on May 8, 1985 and had served as Administrative Vice President of AFA
beginning in February of 1983. Prior to his appointment, the native of Stockton
in Baldwin County had served as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources during the administration of Governor Fob James. McMillan
also served six years in the Alabama House of Representatives where he was
Chairman of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. Before his
election to the House, he was a member of the Baldwin County Commission.
McMillan graduated from Baldwin County High School and Rhodes College, and was active in his family hardwood sawmill operation for 20 years. In 1976 and 1979, he was named Conservation Legislator of the Year by the Alabama Wildlife Federation in recognition of his efforts in securing passage of legislation that benefited conservation, wildlife and forestry in Alabama. He also sponsored legislation which created the Alabama Forestry Legislative Study Committee and served as its chairman until his appointment to the James Cabinet.
McMillan, a Certified Association Executive, is a member of the Society of American Foresters, National Council of Forestry Association Executives, the Alabama Forest Council, Alabama Resource Development Council, which he has served as chairman; Alabama Council of Association Executives, past president; and other professional and civic organizations.
McMillan and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons, Murphy and William. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/02.
Kenneth L. McNabb is the Mosley Environmental Professor and Extension Specialist at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Ken has expertise in (1) outreach methodologies and administration, (2) international education (c) plantation establishment and nurseries, and (d) international forestry.
Ken's accomplishments and activities include: Winner of numerous Extension awards including the Society of American Foresters national Technology Transfer Award (2010). Twelve book chapters, 12 refereed journal articles, 54 non-refereed articles, 7 videos, 68 professional meetings organized, over 100 state/county presentations, 44 regional presentations, 16 international presentations. Total grantsmanship $2,172K as PI and 816K as Co-PI. International consultancies in Pakistan, Cape Verde Islands, Romania, and Brazil. Teaches a class in International Forestry. Extensive academic interchange activities with Brazil through the coordination of student and faculty interchange, multiple team field research missions, professional tours, and five academic interchange agreements. Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, moderate level Spanish. Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, current Chair-elect of the Alabama Division, past chair of the International Forestry Working group and member of the World Forestry Committee. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/14.
John R. McNeil is a Senior Partner in the firm of McNeil, Jackson, Ahrens Financial Group, an Estate & Retirement Planning Firm in Mobile, Alabama, established over 50 years ago. Mr. McNeil is a Life & Qualifying member of the Million-Dollar Round Table and has been for the past 20 years. He has addressed numerous groups of non-profit organizations, financial planners, CPAs and attorneys throughout the United States on the topic of charitable trust and how to solve many estate planning problems through charitable planning. Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension System Program Invitation, Mobile, 2/00.
Dana McReynolds is the Forest Health Coordinator for the Alabama Forestry Commission's Forest Management Division. She received a Master of Forestry degree from Auburn University in 1994 and has worked in the field of forestry for approximately 12 years. She has been employed with the Alabama Forestry Commission for 7.5 years, first as the Outreach Forester for the Northeast region, then as the agency’s GIS Mapping Forester. She has been in her current position as Forest Health Coordinator for nine months. Her job duties consist of identifying forest pests and recommending control methods for these pests. In addition, she administers federal grants that pertain to forest health. She maintains a knowledge of forestry-related herbicides and threatened and endangered species. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/06.
Steve McWilliams is the President of the
Georgia Forestry Association. Steve has spent his entire career in the
Association Management field, for the most part as the chief staff officer of
Georgia trade associations, including the Georgia Mining Association for twelve
years and the Georgia Retail Association for seven years. He was appointed to
the position of President of the Georgia Forestry Association in June of 2003.
He also serves as Executive Director of the Association’s companion foundation,
the Georgia Forestry Foundation.
Steve brought thirty years of association management experience to GFA where he has the overall management responsibilities in addition to serving as the chief lobbyist for Georgia’s forestry community. In his position he monitors and responds to legislative and regulatory activity that impacts all aspects of the state’s $27-plus billion forestry community, including tens of thousands of private landowners who own more than 90% of the state’s 24 million acres of forest land.
Most recently he has served on the Advisory Committee for Georgia’s proposed Statewide Water Management Plan and currently serves on the Implementation Committee for Georgia’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation program and Tree Farm National Operating Committee. In 2010 he attended the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leaders. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/11.
Steve Meadows is Principal Silviculturist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, Southern Hardwoods Laboratory, in Stoneville, Mississippi. His research program is designed to develop intermediate silvicultural practices that enhance growth, development, and value of southern bottomland hardwood forests. He is responsible for basic studies of stand development and applied studies of intermediate stand silviculture. Steve received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. in Hardwood Silviculture from Mississippi State University. He has been at the Southern Hardwoods Laboratory since 1987. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/01.
Augustine Meaher, III, is a lawyer and a landowner. Mr. Meaher graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1963 with undergraduate education at Tulane. He has been engaged in the practice of law in Mobile, Alabama since 1965. His office is involved in the general practice of law including representation of landowners. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/02.
David Mercker is an Extension Forester with the
University of Tennessee. David received his BS and MS degrees in Forest Resource
Management from Southern Illinois University in the mid 1980s. He took his
interest in assisting small private forest landowners to Indiana, where he
accepted a position with Forest Management Services, Inc., a consulting forestry
firm specializing in hardwood forest management. After 13 years, in 1999 he then
joined the University of Tennessee Extension Service. David has extensive
experience in hardwood timber management, including harvest selection,
measurement, appraisal, and marketing. In addition, he has working knowledge of
both timber stand improvement (TSI) and hardwood tree planting.
Mercker has been instrumental in the start-up and support of Tennessee’s County Forestry Associations, where he delivers educational programs and forestry field days. He completed his PhD. in Natural Resources from The University of Tennessee in 2006. His research and dissertation included a study of forest certification and nonindustrial private forest landowners. He desires to help educate the nearly 500,000 private forest landowners in Tennessee on responsible forest management. Stationed in Jackson, his primary area of work includes West Tennessee.
His other program areas include: the Teachers Conservation Workshop, the Master Loggers, Forest*A*Syst, crop tree release, hardwood lumber and stumpage pricing, and 4H and bottomland hardwood afforestation. Source: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/personnel/dmercker.htm, 03/08.
Lynn O. Michaelis is a Partner in the firm
Forest Economic Advisors, LLC. Lynn has nearly 40 years experience in the forest
products industry. Most of the experience was with Weyerhaeuser Co., where Lynn
was the Chief Economist and Vice President, Marketing and Economic Research for
over 20 years. In this capacity, Lynn led a team of economists and market
research analysts covering every aspect of the industry that was important to
Weyerhaeuser. This included timber, wood products, containerboard, pulp and
paper, plus housing issues which were crucial to their real estate companies.
As Chief Economist, Lynn participated in the annual strategic and investment reviews with the Senior Management Team. Lynn has managed several special strategic review teams, including the Oregon Lumber Optimization Review (after the Willamette acquisition) and several international investment projects related to Uruguay and New Zealand. Lynn believes that helping business executives deepen their understanding of the markets and helping them develop strategic responses to changing industry conditions is the primary goal for his work.
Prior to becoming the Chief Economist, Lynn served as the Business Manager for the Particleboard/MDF business and as Planning Manager for the Diversified Business division. In the latter capacity led the investment team for Weyerhaeuser’s first OSB plant.
After leaving Weyerhaeuser in 2009, Lynn worked with RISI focusing on housing and wood products issues.
Over the course of his career Lynn has spoke at numerous customer meetings, annual investors meeting in New York and elsewhere to a wide variety of industry groups. His presentations have covered a wide range of topics including: macroeconomics, housing, wood products, timber, containerboard packaging, pulp and paper.
Lynn has been active in a variety of economist groups, including serving as the past President of the National Association of Business Economists. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Forestry Department of the University of Washington.
Lynn earned his PhD from Washington State University in Economics and a B.A. degree from the University of Utah in Mathematics. Source: www.getfea.com/component/content/article/206, 1/14.
James Miller has been a forest ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, and affiliate Professor of Forestry with Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences for 22 years. He performs research in Forest Vegetation Management, especially on effective forest herbicide treatments and their impacts. He directs a region-wide study team that has been tracking pine plantation development in seven southeastern states over 16 years. He studies changes in forest plant communities and soil productivity following forest management activities. Jim has published over 100 reports, most noteworthy is the recent book Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses. He earned a B.S. in forest management from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in forest ecology and silviculture from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/00.
Karl V. Miller is Professor of Wildlife Management at the D. B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. Dr. Miller's research focuses on the physiology, habitat requirements and management of white-tailed deer and on the impact of forest management practices on deer and other wildlife species. He is an author of books entitled "Quality Deer Management" and "Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses" along with over 150 other professional reports, publications, and book chapters. Source: Forestry Information Services Course Description, 3/01.
Rich B. Minnis - Coordinator, Mississippi Gap Analysis Program, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Source: Mississippi State University Continuing Education Course Description, 3/00.
Ralph E. Mirarchi was born in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania in 1950 and was raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He received the B.S. degree in biology from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1971. Following employment for 1 year with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, he began studies in wildlife management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Wildlife Biology. While at Virginia Tech, he was honored as the outstanding member of the student chapter of The Wildlife Society, and was awarded the A.B. Massey Honorarium for outstanding professionalism as a graduate student and the Graduate Dissertation Award of Merit for the outstanding dissertation in the College of Agriculture. Ralph joined the wildlife section of the then Department of Zoology-Entomology at Auburn University as a full-time teacher in 1978. Since then he has been involved in the growth and expansion of the wildlife program into the Department of Zoology and Wildlife Sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics in 1984, and into the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences in 1999. During this time he has taught courses and/or laboratories in Principles of Ecology, Principles of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Conservation History and Law, Conservation in the United States, Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement, Wildlife Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Resource Philosophy and Policy. He was honored as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Auburn's chapter of Beta, Beta, Beta (National Biological Honor Society) in 1995; the Outstanding Wildlife Teacher in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences by Auburn's Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2001, 2002, and 2004; and the Outstanding Faculty Member in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences by Auburn University's Student Government Association in 2002. He and his graduate students have published, edited, and presented well over 100 scientific papers, books, book chapters, journals, and popular articles. In 1994, he was a co-recipient of The Wildlife Society's Outstanding Publication Award in the Editorship Category for Ecology and Management of the Mourning Dove, which was published by Stackpole Books. He recently has written and edited, along with numerous other biologists from across the state, a four-volume book set entitled Alabama Wildlife. A member of The Wildlife Society since 1972, Ralph served twice as the advisor to the Auburn University Student Chapter, and is a past president of the Alabama Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and a past Editor in Chief of The Journal of Wildlife Management, the primary research outlet for professional wildlife biologists. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, Certified Alabama Water Watch Monitor, Certified Treasure Forest Landowner, and is also a member of the Wildlife Management Institute, American Ornithologists' Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, the Raptor Research Foundation, Inc., The National Wildlife Federation, The Audubon Society, The National Parks and Conservation Association, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. He also has been very active in university, state, and local organizations. He is a former departmental representative to the Auburn University Faculty Senate and Chair of the University Grievance Committee, a former board member of The Alabama Conservancy, past president of the Lee County Chapter of People Against a Littered State and Save Our Saugahatchee, Doves Unlimited, Inc, and currently serves on the Board of Alabama's Forever Wild Land Trust. In January 2004, Ralph was re-appointed to a second three-year term as the William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Science in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/04.
Hugh Mobley, Registered Forester and Consultant, has a BS in Forestry from the University of Florida. Hugh's experience includes positions in the forest industry, the US Forest Service as fire specialist, and Chief, Fire Control Section, Alabama Forestry Commission. He has been instrumental in developing smoke screening systems currently used throughout the Southeast. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 4/99.
Melissa Moeller has been a Public Affairs Manager for the American Forest Foundation since February 2010. She manages grassroots advocacy programs and influences public policy issues important to family forest owners. Prior to joining the staff at AFF, Melissa has worked for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the United Motorcoach Association, with experience in grassroots advocacy and membership relations. Melissa received her MA in Political Communication from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and her BS in Psychology and Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, SC. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/13.
Bill Moffitt is a veteran of a number of technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, Cisco Networks, AutoFarm, and many smaller ones no one has ever heard of. He founded Ayrstone Productivity in 2007 with his partner, Robert Hill, and currently serves as the company president. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/12.
Gary H. Moody was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and then from Auburn University. Gary taught high school biology and chemistry in Thomaston, Georgia for two years and in 1974 was appointed Area Manager at Hollins Wildlife Management Area. In 1981 he transferred to Montgomery as Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and in March 1989 was appointed Chief of the Wildlife Section. The Wildlife Society recognizes Gary as a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/02.
Clark Moore is a native of Monrovia community near Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. Mr. Moore was raised on a working farm - more than 30 years in a beef cattle operation - which is now 130 acres of unimproved timberland. His family have been landowners for many generations. He derives the majority of his income from rental of real properties and is greatly concerned about the loss of real property rights and unrestricted tax increases. Mr. Moore organized Citizens Against Zoning Madison County and successfully defeated a zoning referendum in November 2002. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/03.
Elizabeth Moore, press secretary, contacts and maintains relationships with reporters and pitches stories to print, television, radio and Internet news sources. She writes and edits news releases, op-eds and letters to the editor. Elizabeth has a BA in Political Science and minor in Journalism from Auburn University. She previously served as a contributing reporter and editor for The Auburn Plainsman, a press intern for National Environmental Trust and a legislative assistant for Public Citizen. She has been with Environmental Working Group for four years and works mainly on agricultural issues. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/05.
Patrick Moore, Ph.D. Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for more than 35 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization. In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 - 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change. Dr. Moore served for four years as Vice President, Environment for Waterfurnace International, a manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable earth energy. He is now a Director of NextEnergy Solutions, the largest distributor of geothermal systems in Canada. As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC from 1991 - 2002, he led the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry" which were adopted by a majority of the industry. In 2000, Dr. Moore published Green Spirit – Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems. Dr. Moore currently serves as Chair and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in forestry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, biodiversity, chemicals, energy and climate change. Awards and Degrees: US National Award of Nuclear Science, National Atomic Museum Foundation, 2009, Honorary Doctorate of Science, North Carolina State University, 2005, Ph.D. in Ecology, Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1974, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1969-1972, Honours B.Sc. in Forest Biology, University of British Columbia. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/10.
Rebecca L. Moore is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics at the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor's in Geology from the University of Colorado. Her primary research objective is to combine the knowledge and methods of economics with that of the natural sciences to solve natural resource problems. Current and recent projects involve organic agricultural, non-timber benefits of forested land, water use and allocation, whooping crane protection, and invasive species management. She is a current Lilly Teaching Fellow and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource economics, including a graduate course designed for students in the natural sciences. Source: Personal Résumé, 8/08.
Rebecca Moore is a professional computer scientist. As a member of the Google Earth Engineering team, she has served as the Technical Lead for the Google Earth Layers and now manages Google Earth Outreach (http://earth.google.com/outreach/) a new program designed to help nonprofit groups learn how to apply the power of Google's mapping tools to further their missions. Prior to joining Google, Rebecca served as Vice President of Engineering at Voxeo, Inc. and Vice President of R&D at Baypoint Innovations, a division of Mitel, Inc. She holds degrees from Brown University and Stanford University. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/07.
David J. Moorhead is a Professor of Silviculture and Extension Forester in the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia working out of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, GA. He has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Kentucky, an M.S. in Silviculture/Soils from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology from the University of Missouri. He has been with the University of Georgia for twenty years providing statewide and regional extension programs on silviculture, forest regeneration, prescribed fire, forest herbicides, forest health, and forest management for county extension agents, private landowners, foresters and natural resource managers. In addition, he is the co-coordinator of the Bugwood Network which consists of 15 educational web sites, including four digital image archives: ForestryImages.org, Invasive.org, IPMImages.org, and InsectImages.org, which provide information, fact sheets, publications, and high quality digital images on forestry, entomology, Integrated Pest Management, invasive species, and natural resources. Also, since 1985, he has been involved in research and service programs on establishment and management of forest stands on marginal agricultural lands in the Conservation Reserve Program. His other research areas include invasive species, forest health issues, stand management, and prescribed fire use. He is also a Georgia Prescribed Fire Certification Instructor, and has been a member of the Society of American Foresters for twenty-two years. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/04.
Angela Morgan is the Education Specialist for the Anniston Museum of Natural History. She holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Anthropology and will receive her MS in Education in April 2006. This diverse background is helpful as she works on numerous projects with many different agencies and individuals throughout Northeast Alabama. Over the last eight years, she has been developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs at the museum but also has conducted nature camps for the Cottaquilla Council of Girl Scouts and summer programs at DeSoto State Park. Museum programs she develops include: exhibit tours, the Third Grade Outreach program, the History Kit program, and special events such as Spring Break and the Firefly Festival. In her spare time, she writes grants for educational exhibits/displays and program materials and therefore works with closely with her community, such as the Calhoun County Board of Education, Jacksonville State University, and the Talladega National Forest. Ms. Morgan finds getting paid to educate folks about natural resources and world history to be very rewarding. Source: Personal Résumé, 03/05.
James (Jim) A. Morris, Jr., is a Registered Forester in Alabama and owner/operator of Morris Forestry Services in Wedowee, Alabama since 1981. He is a retired teacher, where he developed and taught Forestry & Wildlife Science to high school students for over 25 years (State Outstanding Agriscience Educator Award), having county, district, state and national winners. He has been a volunteer instructor helping 4-H and FFA students and advisors for Forestry Judging Contests. Married to Deb W. Morris over 30 years, daughter Debbie Roberts (owner/operator Plant Concepts) and son Christopher Morris (Landscape Maintenance Manager for Gibson Landscape). Source: Personal Résumé, 04/09.
Larry Morris is a professor of forest soils at The University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in forest soils, hydrology, and forest soil management and directs seniors in their capstone management projects. Larry has served as chairman of the Southern Forest Soils Council and is active in several organizations with interests in forest management. He currently directs a cooperative project with forest industry to evaluate the use of pulpmill residues as soil amendments. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 9/98.
Andrew P. Morriss. Professor Morriss is the
author or coauthor of more than 60 book chapters, scholarly articles, and books.
He is affiliated with a number of think tanks doing public policy work,
including the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, the
Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University, the Institute for
Energy Research, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In
addition, he is a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor
and Employment Law. He is chair of the editorial board of the Cayman Financial
Review. His scholarship focuses on regulatory issues involving environmental,
energy, and offshore financial centers. Over the past ten years he has regularly
taught and lectured in China, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, and Nepal.
Morriss earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D., as well as an M.Pub.Aff., from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school, Morriss clerked for U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas.
Morriss was formerly the H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law & Professor of Business at the University of Illinois College of Law and the Galen J. Roush Profesor of Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Source: UA School of Law, 11/12.
Robert Morrow is a specialist in addressing the unique options facing private forest landowners and companies. Rob works closely with individuals and families throughout the Southeast, focusing on protecting family and business forest assets, optimizing returns on those assets, and enhancing personal use of the forest. Morrow has more than 20 years of diversified business planning and forest management expertise, including long-range strategic planning and forest management operations with Boise Cascade, before joining RMS in 1993. Morrow holds a bachelor's degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and a master's degree with an emphasis in finance, from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Rob is a member of the Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas Forestry Associations and the National Forest Landowners Association (NFLA). Morrow serves as Treasurer of the NFLA's Tax Council, working on federal tax issues affecting non-industrial private forest landowners. Source: Resource Management Service Web Page, 2/01.
Kenneth J. Muehlenfeld has been Director of the Forest Products Development Center, Auburn University's School of Forestry & Wildlife Science for the past eleven years. In that position he directs programs aimed at the development of the forest industry in Alabama, provides technical information and analytical assistance to existing and prospective industry regarding technology evaluation, resource requirements, and market suitability of new forest business opportunities and coordinates forest industry development activities with public and private agencies and organizations. Ken received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Missouri and a M.S. in Industrial Management , Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior experience included ten years of international forest products consulting experience with Jaakko Pöyry Consulting. Sixteen years of previous industrial work experience were gained with International Paper Company, Container Corporation of America, Arrowood Technologies, Inc., and Trus Joist Corporation. These industry experiences included responsibilities in timberland management, wood procurement, wood products manufacturing management, new business start-up, and corporate planning. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/00.
Ed Mumm is the Founder/Owner of Dig This. Dig this is America's first ever heavy equipment play arena in the United States located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Half and full day experiences will give participants an opportunity to operate Caterpillar 10 ton bulldozers,15 ton excavators and large skid steer loaders in a fun, safe 10-acre adult sand box. Source: Personal Résumé, 08/08.
Ian A. Munn has been a professor in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University since 1993 and teaches the department’s capstone course - Professional Practices and a course in advanced forest management. He also coordinates student internships for academic credit. His research focuses on nonindustrial private forest landowner issues, including landowner willingness to provide logging residues and short rotation woody crops for biofuels and other ecosystem services such as recreational opportunities. Prior to pursuing his PhD degree, Munn was a timberland manager for a forest products firm for ten years. He has a PhD in forestry and economics from North Carolina State University, a MBA from Louisiana Tech University, a MS in resource management from SUNY ESF and an AB in biology from the University of North Carolina. He is an active member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He is a SAF Fellow, SAF Councilman from District 11 (Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi), and has served as a chair of the MS state society and local SAF chapter. He is also very active in the Mississippi Forestry Association where he is currently serving on the Executive Committee. Munn is a SAF certified forester and a MS registered forester. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/12.
Brian Murphy was born in New Mexico and raised
in Texas and Oklahoma. His life-long passion for the outdoors led him to pursue
a career in wildlife conservation and management. Brian received his B.S. in
Range and Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University and his M.S. in
Wildlife Resources from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, Brian
worked as a Wildlife Research Coordinator for the University of Georgia where he
coordinated all deer research. In 1993, Brian accepted the position of Deer
Biologist for the Australian government. During Brian's four years “down under,”
he implemented the concepts of Quality Deer Management and Property-based Game
Management on more than 500,000 acres. During his last year, Brian established a
Game Management Unit within the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, only the
second such unit in Australia at the time. In 1996 Brian received the National
Conservation Award from the Australian Deer Association for his work.
Upon returning to the United States in 1997, Brian accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer with the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). During Brian’s 14 years with QDMA, membership has grown from 3,400 to 50,000 in all 50 states, Canada and several countries. Today, QDMA is widely regarded as the most respected and influential whitetail organization in North America.
Brian also is a prolific writer and speaker, having conducted over 600 lectures on deer biology and management and published nearly 120 popular and scientific articles and book chapters.
Brian has been married to his wife Heidi for 21 years and they have two daughters, Lauren (12) and Jordan (10). Source: Personal Résumé, 3/12.
D. Gannon Murphy has a 20+ year corporate marketing background, with an additional 9 years experience in commercial real estate in the Atlanta area. He recently created Just Trails, LLC, the development and operating company of Doc Hilt Trails, an ATV/dirt bike trails riding and camping facility located in Clay County Alabama. He runs Pruet Family, Inc. leasing multiple family members’ timberland holdings to hunters. He manages his wife’s timberlands in Clay, Randolph and Talledega counties. He is a long time member of the Alabama Forest Owners Association, the Forest Landowners Association, and a recent member of the Cheaha Trail Riders Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/09.
Glenn Myers has been actively involved in
motorized activities for the past 36 years. He is a businessman, conservationist
and volunteer and has received numerous recognitions for his local, in-state,
and national activities. Such activities include off-highway recreation,
education and preservation, building a positive public image for youth and trail
building and maintenance. He has served leadership roles in such originations as
the Founder and First President of Cheaha Trail Riders, Inc., ATV Safety
Instructor for ASI, original member of Alabama Recreation Advisory Board, AMA
Congress representative and NOHVCC state representative for the past 20 years.
Just a few of his awards include the National 4-H Bronze Four Leaf Clover,
NOHVCC’s Positive Public Image, American Trails Volunteer of the Year and Take
Pride in America, presented by then First Lady Barbara Bush. Myers and the
Cheaha Trail Riders, Inc. were instrumental in working with the U.S. Forest
Service in the early 1990’s in developing Kentuck ORV park in the Talladega
National Forest which was the first public OHV park in the state of Alabama.
In 1997 Myers was presented the W. Kelly Mosley Conservation Award, which made him the only recognized off-road motorcyclist world wide to be presented this type award. He also has received the AMA and ATVA MVP awards. He designed the Minooka Park trails in Chilton County and designed and helped build the Warfield Point Park trails in Greenville, Mississippi. He has worked as a volunteer with the National Forest Service interim group of Trails Unlimited, Inc. on the Pinhoti and Minooka trails. Myers experience is currently being used by the San Dimas Experiment and Technology Department of the National Forest in a National study on water control at Minooka OHV Park. He is also heavily involved in the fighting to see the Coosa River Storage Annex property located in Talladega County to be transferred to the City of Lincoln to become one of the largest OHV parks in the Southeast.
Myers is currently the President of the Cheaha Trail Riders, Inc., which is considered one of the leading OHV proponents in the State of Alabama and across the Nation. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/09.
Kozma Naka graduated from the Agricultural
University of Tirana, Albania in 1984 with a B.S. in Forestry. He received a
M.S. degree in Computer-Science from the University of Tirana in 1986 and a Ph.
D. degree in Forestry and Wood Products from Virginia Tech in 1998.
Dr. Naka is currently an Associate Professor of Forest Operations at Alabama A&M University. He teaches Wood Products, Forest Mensuration, and Forestry Field Techniques. His research includes timber/biomass harvesting, utilization, and impact, hardwood management, and agroforestry. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Forest Products Society, Alabama Forestry Council, and Alabama Forestry Association.
Dr. Naka resides in Huntsville with his wife Enkela who is a social worker, daughter Gilda, and son Peter. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/09.
John Hawkins Napier, III is the author of Lower Pearl River's Piney Woods: Its Land and People (University, Mississippi, 1985), a history of that region of South Mississippi his maternal ancestors settled in 1816. Afterwards he had several historical articles published on that region. Napier is not a forester, but his grandfather Eastman Francis Tate was a late 19th century lumberman and banker in Hancock County (now Pearl River), Mississippi. He is an Ole Miss alumnus and a retired professional soldier who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. Brig. Gen. Napier is the recipient of the Legion of Merit and 16 other decorations and service medals. He is also a historian and a past president of the Alabama Historical Association. He continues to write local historical articles about his ancestral Picayune, Mississippi and his adopted Montgomery, Alabama. Napier and his wife Cameron live in a restored plantation house in Montgomery County, Alabama where they have planted 300 trees over the years. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/09.
Stephen M. Newton was raised on a farm near Millen, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia and received a BS and MS in AG Econ. Later he received an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. Steve worked for the Georgia Farm Bureau as Legislative Director, and the American Farm Bureau in Chicago, Illinois as Commodity Director. From there he went to U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell's office as Legislative Assistant to Agriculture, Energy and the Environment. In 1994 Steve was selected to become the Executive Vice President of the Forest Landowners Association. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/02.
Allen and Ginny Nipper are timber landowners in central and north Louisiana as well as in southwest Arkansas and reside in Homer, Louisiana. They are actively involved in the routine management of their land and timber and experienced numerous issues with transfer of inherited timber lands several years ago. After attending a training seminar on intergenerational transfer sponsored by the American Tree Farm System, they realized many of the issues they encountered could have been prevented with effective family communication via family meetings. Family meetings with their three children are now a routine part of the management of their properties. Personal experiences lead the Nippers to volunteer their time and efforts to develop and provide educational programs for other landowners on how to organize and conduct timber landowner family meetings. Allen delivers the presentation with a goal of providing examples, illustrations, and exercises to make family meetings successful and the transfer of family forest lands to the next generation as smooth as possible. Allen and Ginny are members of the Louisiana and Arkansas Forestry Associations, Forest Landowners Association, American Tree Farm System, and Louisiana and Arkansas Farm Bureaus. Allen is employed as a Regional Director and Professor with the LSU AgCenter and manages research and extension programs in north central Louisiana. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/08.
Stephen K. Nodine is President of Forest Resources Systems (FORS) Institute. He reviews software designed for use in forestry and other natural resources professions, makes recommendations to FORS members and others about appropriate software features, gives them unbiased advice in their software selections, and provides technical assistance to software users. He teaches workshops in computer applications including basic computer skills, forest inventory, forest finance, growth and yield, forest mapping, advances in computer technology applications in natural resources, and the use of the Internet. Steve earned three degrees from Clemson University: a BS in Forestry in 1976, an MS in Forestry in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources in 1990 with an emphasis in Forest Economics. Before coming to the FORS Institute in 1997, Steve served 18 years on the faculty at Clemson University as an Extension Forester. Source: Personal Résumé, 2/01.
Wade Nutter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Forest Hydrology, The University of Georgia; and President of Nutter, Overcash & Associates, Inc. Dr. Nutter specializes in the hydrology of forested and natural systems and restoration and mitigation of wetland ecosystems. He served on a national taskforce to develop a functional assessment model for riverine and depressional wetlands. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 3/00.
Micheál O'Brien is a systems consultant with Foresters Incorporated of Blacksburg, Virginia, specializing in GPS-GIS applications and land planning and management. Micheál is also an adjunct faculty member in the Landscape Architecture department at Virginia Tech where he teaches land analysis and planning methods. His educational background includes degrees in Landscape Architecture as well as Architecture, with emphases on environmental design and natural resources planning. His professional experience in environmental management has ranged from wildland to urban landscapes. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 5/99.
Mary Anastasia O'Grady is a senior editorial page writer at The Wall Street Journal and editor of "The Americas," a weekly column that appears every Friday and deals with politics, economics and business in Latin America and Canada. Ms. O'Grady joined the paper in August 1995 and became a senior editorial page writer in December 1999. She previously worked as an options strategist, first for Advest Inc. and then for Thomson McKinnon Securities in 1983. She moved to Merrill Lynch & Co. in 1984 as an options strategist and was also a product manager and a sales manager for Merrill Lynch Canada and Merrill Lynch International during her 10 years with the company. In 1997 Ms. O'Grady won the Inter American Press Association's Daily Gleaner Award for editorial commentary, and in 1999 she received an honorable mention in IAPA's opinion award category. Ms. O'Grady, who was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., received a bachelor's degree in English from Assumption College and an M.B.A. in financial management from Pace University. Source: Wall Street Journal bio, 1/04
William T. O'Hara is founder and executive director of the Institute for Family Enterprise. He is a former president of Bryant University. He has taught Family Business Management at the University and has consulted with over 100 families during his 15 years as an advisor in the field. His recent book, Centuries of Success, addresses succession in families around the world who have survived for at least 200 years. It was selected as one of the ten business books on J.P. Morgan's Private Bank "Must Read" fifth annual summer reading list in 2004. Dr. O'Hara holds Fellow status at The Family Firm Institute, Inc., Boston, MA. Source: Institute for Family Enterprise, http://web.bryant.edu/business/int_fam_ent.html, 01/06
John O'Reilly is currently president of the
Minnesota Forestry Association, an 800-member organization consisting mostly of
private woodland owners. John, along with his wife, Sandra, operate a bed and
breakfast on their land in rural Minnesota. They call the B&B Woodland Trails
reflecting the fact that it is situated on their 500 acres of woodland with four
miles of groomed trails. While some guest walk over the trails, most take
advantage of the complimentary golf carts for touring in comfort.
John & Sandra opened the B&B after turning their pest control service company over to their daughter. Yes, believe it or not, one can make a living by controlling pests in Minnesota. While there are virtually no termites and few cockroaches in the state, ants, spiders, mice and rats are important pests to northern citizens. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/13
Sarah O’Sullivan graduated from Auburn University in 2001 with a BS in Forestry. After graduation she worked as a naturalist for 3 years and is now the Assistant Health Coordinator at the Alabama Forestry Commission. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/05.
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues. O’Toole’s research on national forest management, culminating in his 1988 book, Reforming the Forest Service, has had a major influence on Forest Service policy and on-the-ground management. His analysis of urban land-use and transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced decisions in cities across the country. In his book The Best-Laid Plans, O’Toole calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation. O’Toole’s latest book is American Nightmare: How Government Undermines The Dream of Homeownership. O’Toole is the author of numerous Cato papers. He has also written for Regulation magazine as well as op-eds and articles for numerous other national journals and newspapers. O’Toole travels extensively and has spoken about free-market environmental issues in dozens of cities. An Oregon native, O’Toole was educated in forestry at Oregon State University and in economics at the University of Oregon. Source: www.cato.org/people/randal-otoole, 7/13
Richard J. Oates, CAE, graduated from The
University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in
Natural Resources in 1990. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Forestry from
Auburn University in 1993. Rick joined the Alabama Forestry Association staff in
1993 as the Forest Resource Coordinator. His responsibilities included: logger,
forester and landowner education programs, membership activities and
coordinating several other Association activities and committees. In 1995, Rick
was appointed Executive Director of the Alabama Loggers Council, where he was
responsible for conducting the day-to-day activities of the Loggers Council,
including education and safety programs and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
In March 1997, Rick was named Executive Director of the Alabama Pulp and Paper Council. His responsibilities include working with their environmental committee as well as handling governmental affairs and public relations issues affecting the pulp and paper industry. He also works with forestry education programs such as Project Learning Tree, Teachers Conservation Workshop and the Alabama Forests Forever Program. Rick, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and his wife Kelly, have a son, Andrew, age 10, and a seven-year-old daughter, Lauren. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/03, updated 01/08.
Richard G. Oderwald, Associate Professor of Forest Biometrics, Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Oderwald received BS and MS degrees from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in forest inventory techniques and has taught many point sampling short courses. He has conducted extensive research in the methods and characteristics of point sampling. Dr. Oderwald is also an associate with Foresters Incorporated, a consulting firm that provides forest management software, hardware, and services. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 5/99, & Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 4/00.
Mark Olis is the Associate Editor of Hunting Camp Journal. Olis grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama. As a youngster he chased squirrels up and down the hill sides and rabbits out of the briars and bramble with his father. As he grew, so did his love for hunting. His passion soon lead him to stalking Whitetails, and it wasn't long after harvesting his first deer that he began spending his springs in the greening woods calling wild turkeys. Mark graduated with a degree in Journalism from Auburn University and today makes his living writing about the outdoors. When he's not in his office, Mark is outdoors studying the animals he pursues. Source: "Hunting Camp Journal." JNE Publishing, Inc. 25 Sept. 2006 <http://www.huntingcampjournal.com/about/index.php>.
Louis Olivier is Director, Nursery, Tree Improvement and Environmental, for Alliance Forest Products U.S. Corp., Coosa Pines, Alabama. Louis has managed forestlands and nurseries for nearly 24 years in Central Alabama for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Alliance Forest Products. His experiences have also included forestland acquisitions and sales, forest recreation, and minerals management. He has been a Registered Forester in Alabama for over 20 years, a member of Alabama Forestry Association and Alabama Forest Owners' Association, and a member of the State of Alabama, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee. Louis resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 11/00.
David Osborn has worked as the deer research coordinator at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources since 1993. Before then he served as a state wildlife biologist in Arkansas and Florida. He earned degrees in wildlife science from Arkansas Tech University and Texas Tech University. His current responsibilities include oversight of all UGA deer-related research and daily operation of the Whitehall Deer Research Facility, located in Athens, GA. He also works with Georgia landowners to survey their deer herds and to prescribe habitat and population management strategies. His current interests include the use of tree orchards for the purpose of attracting and feeding deer on hunting lands. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/11.
Dale Pancake, Assistant Director, Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Andalusia, Alabama, received a BS in Forestry from Louisiana State University and a MS in Forestry from Auburn University. Dale has worked in various land and resource management positions throughout his career both in southeastern US, as well as, South America. Source: Préceda Education & Training Course Description, 4/99.
Robert Parker - Associate Professor of Forest Biometrics, Mississippi State University. Source: Mississippi State University Continuing Education Course Description, 3/00.
Troy Scott Parker is the president of Natureshape LLC, offering trail design services, trail training workshops, and consulting services. He has designed and built trails for the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and others. He authored the newly published full-color book, "Natural Surface Trails by Design: Physical and Human Design Essentials of Sustainable, Enjoyable Trails." He authored the popular "Trail Design and Management Handbook" for the Open Space & Trails Department of Pitkin County, Colorado, an internationally used design guide for multiple use concrete/asphalt trails, crushed stone trails, boardwalks, and other trail features. For the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, he authored a major portion of "Site-Level Design and Development Guidelines for Recreational Trails," a comprehensive planning, design, construction, and maintenance guide for all trail types and uses (unpublished as of this writing). Involved in trail research and education since 1985, he is a past president of the Professional Trailbuilders Association (trailbuilders.org) and a popular presenter at trail conferences. See www.natureshape.com for more information or to order books. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/06.
Don Parmeter is a native Minnesotan and a West Point graduate. He received an EPA scholarship to attend grad. school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the field of energy and environmental policy. He has worked 35 years in the environmental field, mostly in Minnesota. Don received the Grassroots Leadership Award from the Property Rights Foundation of America. He is currently Co-chair of the National Water and Conservation Alliance, a group established to promote local and regional alternatives to the proposed Clean Water Restoration Act. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/09.
Jimmy Parnell is President of ALFA Insurance
and the Alabama Farmers Federation. Parnell is a native of Stanton, Alabama, and
a graduate of Auburn University in agricultural business and economics. He
served on ALFA's board of directors from 1999-2008; was chairman of the Alabama
Farmers Federation Young Farmers State Committee in 1997; and has been president
of the Chilton County Farmers Federation since 2006. In 1999, he and his family
were named Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family.
Parnell, 48, is fifth-generation farmer and a partner in his family's beef cattle farm and timber business. In 2006, the Alabama Forestry Association named him Alabama Logger of the Year. He has served in numerous leadership roles for business, environmental, agricultural organizations that include Central Alabama Farmers Co-op board of directors, Chilton County Water Authority, Chilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Cattlemen Beef Association and the Alabama Forest Fund.
He and his wife, Robin, have two children, James Robert and Anna Grace. They are active members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Maplesville. Source: www.alfafarmers.org, 4/13.
Don R. Parrish is the Senior Director,
Regulatory Relations, for the American Farm Bureau Federation's Public Policy
team in Washington, D.C.
His primary area of responsibility at the American Farm Bureau is the Clean Water Act, which encompasses a wide range of issues affecting farmers and ranchers. These include Federal authority over waters of the U.S., wetlands, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), water quality standards, and conservation issues related to the farm bill (such as swampbuster). Don supports state Farm Bureaus in their legislative and regulatory efforts and works with numerous agricultural organizations, as well as a diverse group of industry and trade associations in Washington DC.
His expertise on these issues has placed him in leadership roles. He currently chairs the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC), whose purpose is to prevent the expansion of the regulatory definition of “waters of the United States.” The WAC is made up of diverse organizations representing virtually every aspect of the nation’s economy. Don also chairs the Agricultural Nutrient Policy council. ANPC is made up of agricultural organizations that want to strengthen their ability to work effectively on nutrient related policy and regulatory issues important to the agricultural community.
Before joining the AFBF staff, Don was an economist at Auburn University. Prior to his working at Auburn, he was employed by the Farm Credit System as a Research Analyst.
Don received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Auburn University and a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University.
Originally from a farm in Alabama, Don now resides in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Dee Dee. His daughter Leslie Anne now lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama and his son Austin is a sophomore majoring in pre-med and business at the University of Alabama. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/14.
Gregory Allen Pate was appointed as the 7th State Forester for Alabama in 2014. He had been the 9th State Forester of North Carolina and is one of only a few people who have held the position of State Forester in two states. Greg is a native of Anniston, Alabama, graduating there from Wellborn High School. He is a 1981 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management. Greg has 30 years of experience in forestry: 5 in the private sector and 25 with state government. In the private sector he worked as a forestry contractor and with private forestry consultants. Greg joined the North Carolina Forest Service in 1988 and worked 25 years in various capacities including forest management, fire, nursery and genetics, and management. Fire suppression has been an important part of his career having worked numerous incidents in North Carolina and some in the Western US. As North Carolina Regional Forester for the Coastal Plain in 2011, operated as an on-the-ground Agency Administrator for five major fire incidents across the four districts under his supervision. Ten Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Team rotations occurred during this period. He has worked to bring out the leadership qualities in all the personnel who have worked with him through the years and credits his wife, Mary, as having been an integral part of his forestry career. They and their three children are heavily involved in church, community, and school activities. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/14.
Tommy Patterson is the owner/operator of Gulf Coast Aerials, an aerial photography company based on the coast of Alabama. In addition to full scale aircraft, Gulf Coast Aerials uses radio controlled helicopters, airplanes and telescoping masts to create very unique views of properties and structures. Tommy is a retired forester. He received his forestry degree from the University of Georgia and served 28 years with the Alabama Forestry Commission in a variety of positions relating to forest management and technology. With a lifelong interest in anything that flies as well as photography, it was a natural progression to put the interests together as a service. Source: Personal Résumé, 6/10.
Darryl Patton, MA., ND, Master Herbalist,
Clinical Hypnotherapist. Darryl has been hunting, gathering and working with
medicinal plants for the past twenty-five years on Lookout Mountain in the
Southern Appalachians. He is an ND as well as a Master Herbalist and brings many
years of experience to the field of alternative medicine. Known for his easy
going approach towards teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants,
Darryl has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore.
For 12 years, Darryl was privileged to spend thousands of hours studying under the late A. L. "Tommie" Bass, one of the last of the old mountain herb doctors. Known internationally among herbalists as well as the common folk living near Lookout Mountain, Alabama, Tommie Bass used his God-given ability and vast knowledge of medical herbs to help thousands of people from all walks of life. During his apprenticeship with Tommie, Darryl was taught the identification and medicinal uses for literally thousands of plants found in the hills and hollows of the South. His passion in life is to pass the "old way" of using medicinal plants to his students and others wanting to continue the tradition of gathering wild plants as food and healing.
Darryl is the author of Mountain Medicine, The Herbal Remedies of Tommie Bass published by Natural Reader Press and has appeared on Alabama Public Television and the Comedy Channel. Darryl has also been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles relating to the uses of medicinal plants and is in demand nationally as a speaker on alternative medicine. He has lectured in such diverse places as Las Vegas, New York City and Atlanta. An Adjunct faculty member of Clayton College of Natural Health, Darryl publishes The Southern Herbalist, and Stalking The Wild....The Magazine of Outdoor Discovery. Darryl operates a wilderness survival training school in the mountains of North Alabama where he teaches a wide range of classes such as medicinal plant walks and also offers one-on-one apprenticeships for those seeking to further their knowledge in the world of herbs and alternative medicine. A past publisher of Wilderness Way Magazine, Darryl is the editor and publisher of Stalking The Wild…The Magazine of Outdoor Discovery, The Southern Herbalist, and co-founder of Wild Alabama, a nationally recognized environmental magazine. Primitive and wilderness survival expert, outdoorsman, adventure traveler, herbalist—you name it and Darryl does it. He is a member of Randall’s Adventure Training and is a veteran of many trips to the Peruvian Amazon, where he graduated from the Peruvian Air Force’s Jungle Operations and Survival School. He has instructed classes and training seminars on primitive and wilderness survival skills. Living with his wife, Jane, on Lookout Mountain, not far from Tommie’s shack, Darryl operates a wilderness training school in the mountains of north Alabama. Source: http://www.thesouthernherbalist.com/aboutdarryl.html, 1/10.
Rory Paul is the CEO of Volt Aerial Robotics. Rory has a very strong background and interest in all things technical! He started his working career in product engineering roles in the graphic arts and communication industry working for international companies and startups. His technical interest took him to the field of nondestructive testing and he started his own business in 2003 in South Africa. He relocated to the US in 2005 and continued this business while investigating the uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems with specific applicability to the US agricultural sector. Since 2006 Rory has been actively working with both fixed wing and rotary wing UAV platforms. In the past seven years he has accumulated hundreds of hours using unmanned aerial systems for both mapping and aerial inspection missions. He is one of the original members of the Diydrones.com community group which advocates open source autopilot systems. He is a contributor at sUASnews.com which is a central clearing house for all UAV related news where he manages the agricultural UAV section. Source: Personal Résumé, 9/13.
Stephen Pecot is a Forester and Environmental Specialist with Larson & McGowin in Mobile, AL. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Louisiana State University. He worked for 10 years as a Research Associate at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center where he conducted research on the longleaf pine-wiregrass ecosystem. He also worked at Silvics Solutions in Birmingham as a GIS analyst before coming to Larson & McGowin in May 2009. Stephen is going to talk about the invasive weed cogongrass and a grant funded through the ARRA stimulus bill. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/10.
Arlyn W. Perkey is a silviculturist working for the USDA Forest Service in the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry's Morgantown, West Virginia, field office. He is best known for his award-winning work on Crop Tree Management which is designed to improve communication between natural resource professionals and owners of family-owned forests. He publishes a technology transfer periodical called Forest Management Update for service foresters and consultants in the 20-state Northeastern Area. Arlyn provides forest management technical assistance to state forestry organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. In addition, he conducts training and informational presentations on Crop Tree Management in the eastern United States. He has established crop tree demonstration areas in 12 locations in four states. He is also responsible for the federal role of providing technical assistance to support the Forest Stewardship Program. Arlyn is also a forest steward and tree farmer. His 78-acre tree farm in southwestern Pennsylvania has provided him with the opportunity to experience the joy and challenge of managing a forest to accomplish his timber, wildlife, and aesthetic goals. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/01.
Matthew H. Pelkki is a Professor and holds the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair of Forest Resource Economics, Management, and Policy at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Pelkki has a Bachelor’s degree (Forestry) from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNR&E), and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Dr. Pelkki was on the faculty of the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky from 1991 to 2001, and joined UAM’s School of Forest Resources in 2001. He teaches courses in financial analysis, forest economics, and forest management. His current research projects include numerical methods applied to forest optimization, non-industrial private forest management in the mid-Gulf South, economics of biomass production and carbon sequestration in forestry, and forest-based economic development. An author of more than 100 research publications, Dr. Pelkki was a member of a 1996 National Academy of Science’s forest research team to Russia and held a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Novosibirsk State University (Russia) in 1998-99. Dr. Pelkki was named the Arkansas Forestry Association’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2008 for his outreach work in the state and throughout the South. Dr. Pelkki is a member of the Society of American Foresters, is a Certified Forester and a Registered Forester in the state of Arkansas. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/09.
Oliver Pergams is a conservation scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Field Museum. He views conservation as a problem-focused discipline, and has utilized diverse methodologies to solve various conservation problems. These methodologies derive from biology (molecular genetics inc. ancient DNA, morphometrics, extinction prediction) as well as the social sciences (sociology, economics). Dr. Pergams is able to draw on experience from his first career trading various financial instruments, and which he ended as Chairman of the Board of the trading firm Chicago Options. During his career in conservation he has received a number of awards, including a Smith Conservation Research Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research Award. Source: www.redrockinstitute.org/founders.html, 3/08.
James D. Petersen is a co-founder and
executive director of the non-profit Evergreen Foundation, and publisher of
Evergreen, the Foundation’s periodic journal. The Foundation was established in
Medford, Oregon in 1986 to help advance public understanding and support for
science based forestry and forest policy. The organization’s original sponsors
were all members of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association.
Jim is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the 2003 Society of American Foresters National Journalism Award, for his work on “The New Pioneers,” a special Evergreen report profiling entrepreneurial solutions to the Southwest’s forest health crisis. Among Jim’s other awards: Best Forestry Public Relations Program in the Nation, American Forest & Paper Association, 1991; Whistle Punk of the Year, Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association, 1994; National Public Service Award, Association of Consulting Foresters, 1996; Outstanding Contributions to Forestry Education, Northeastern Loggers Association, 1999; Outstanding Forestry Activist in the Western United States, Forest Resources Association, 2000; Woodpecker of the Year Award, Hoo-Hoo International, 2002 and Communicator of the Year Award, Montana Wood Products Association, 2004, for his leadership in the national forest health debate and, in particular, his role in congressional ratification of the Bush Administration’s Healthy Forests Restoration Act.
Jim is the author of two books: Flying Finns, the history of Columbia Helicopters, an Oregon-based company that pioneered helicopter logging and Can’t Never Could Do Anything, the remarkable story of Oregon lumberman, Milt Herbert. He is now working on a third book, The Independents, the story of the post- World War II rise of family-owned sawmills in the western United States.
Jim also writes periodically for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, and he is also under contract to write a fourth book, Nothing Much But Ambition, which will chronicle the 100-year history of western Washington’s West Fork Timber Company, and a fifth book, the yet untitled story of Longview Fibre, one of the most storied paper manufacturers in American history.
Jim grew up in Kellogg, Idaho. His family roots are in logging, sawmilling, cattle ranching and mining. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he majored in journalism and broadcasting. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for several years before founding his own public relations firm. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Forest History Society, the Intermountain Logging Conference and the Pacific Logging Congress [President, 2007]. He lives in Yamhill, Oregon and can be reached via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 406-871-1600. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/12.
George David Peterson is retired from retail
sales and is a lifelong resident of Baldwin County (63 years), a small property
owner, and resident of Bay Minette, Alabama (Baldwin County). David is an avid
outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing mainly in the Delta region. For the
past 23 years he has fought, on the local level, to defeat issues that would
have diverse effects on private property owners rights. I am currently leading
the fight to protect the Mobile/Tensaw Delta from Federal takeover in the form
of designating the Mobile/Tensaw Delta a National Park. If this issue moves
forward it will effect approximately 260,000 acres of privately owned property
in the Delta region.
David and the Save Our Delta group have developed a web site, www.saveourdelta.com, which has many links to articles pertaining to this issue, and an online petition you can sign. They also have a Face Book page where they try to update the public on recent activity regarding this issue -- Save the Mobile/Tensaw Delta. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/14.
William H. Phillips, Jr., AIA. In the past
forty-five years, Bill Phillips has achieved a reputation as one of the most
notable architects in America. His abilities as a restoration architect,
directing the renovation of much of the West Wing of the White House, and as
staff architect and consultant for Colonial Williamsburg, have given him
Yet Phillips is just as comfortable with commercial buildings including restaurants, retail and office spaces, and both multi-family and single family residences. His hugely popular portfolios of homes, published regularly by Southern Living magazine attest to that. Phillips has also been involved in the master planning of several retirement and destination resort developments.
"One of the reasons we enjoy our practice so much is that we can't be put in any niche. One week we'll be designing a contemporary office building, the next week we'll be working on the restoration of a two hundred year old home."
A native of Mobile, Alabama, and a graduate of Auburn University, Phillips spent 18 years in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was associated with the historic village for 10 years, was a lecturer at the College of William and Mary, opened his own practice and then in 1979, moved his offices to his hometown of Mobile. In 1991, Bill relocated his practice to Dauphin Island, Alabama (his studio is attached to his residence overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound) where his practice thrives today. Source: Personal Résumé, 3/12.
Mel Harkrader Pine is Director of Communications and State Government Relations for the American Wood Preservers Institute (AWPI). He began his professional career in Philadelphia and New York City newspapers, then served from 1976 to 1995 as an executive in the Corporate Public Relations Department of Mobil Corporation, where his responsibilities included executive speeches, annual reports, crisis communications and advocacy advertising. Before joining the AWPI staff in 2000, Mr. Pine maintained his own consulting business, MHP Communications, whose clients ranged from ExxonMobil to AWPI. Source: Personal Résumé, 1/02.
Paul Pingrey, a twenty-nine year veteran with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is the state's Private Forestry Specialist. Paul develops policies for the state's private forestry assistance programs and provides technical training to state and private foresters. He is the DNR liaison to groups such as the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, Association of Consulting Foresters and the Tree Farm organization. Previously, Paul had been a DNR field forester in central and southern Wisconsin. Paul graduated with a bachelor's degree in forest management from Iowa State University in 1974. He received U.S. Forest Service Silviculturist Certification in 1988. Digital mapping techniques and Geographic Information Systems have been of special interest to Paul since the early 1990's. He launched an Internet site called Digital Grove Mapping in August 2002 to share information with fellow foresters and woodland owners. The site is a popular resource, receiving nearly 200,000 hits per month. Source: Personal Résumé, 02/03.
Keith Polk is a native of Prentiss, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Wildlife Science. Keith is a Registered Forester in the State of Mississippi and an Associate Wildlife Biologist. He has several years of forestry and wildlife field experience and is now serving as a New Product Specialist with Forestry Suppliers Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi. Source: Personal Résumé, 10/00.
Richard Porterfield is a Certified Forester and currently teaches Natural Resource Economics at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Dick was an Executive Vice President with Champion International Corporation until July, 2000. He has been responsible for all solid wood production, uncoated free-sheet paper production, human resources, and management of some 5 million acres of forest land at various times in his career with Champion. He has taught forestry at the University of Arkansas, Mississippi State University and Yale University. Dick received his B.S. degree in forestry and business from Ohio State University, M.S. degree in forest economics from North Carolina State University, Ph.D. in forest economics from Yale University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He is active in The Society of American Foresters and Chairman of the Board, The Forest History Society. Source: Personal Résumé, 5/03.
Walt Prevatt is Extension Economist and Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. degree from Clemson University. His Extension and research responsibilities include livestock economics, futures and options marketing, and farm real estate. Source: Personal Résumé, 7/04.
Arthur Pruet grew up in Atmore, Alabama. He graduated from both Marion Military Institute and the University of Alabama. Arthur owned Alabama Parts Company before going into business with State Farm Insurance from which he will retire in July after 36 years. He and wife Madelyn purchased their farm in 1985. It is owned as a family corporation. Farm is managed for timber and wildlife. The Pruets have 2 sons - Daniel, an attorney and graduate of the University of Alabama and Wes, a forester and graduate of Auburn University - and 4 grandchildren. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Daniel Pruet graduated from the University of Alabama in 2000 with a degree in English and History. In 2005 he received his Juris Doctorate at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. From 2005-2006, he worked as a law clerk at the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals for Presiding Judge William C. Thompson. From 2006-2011, Daniel was a violent crimes prosecutor with the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's Office. He opened his own solo practice in Tuscaloosa in August of 2011. Daniel is married to Caryn Pruet. They have three children. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Gordon Wes Pruet is both a registered forester and a certified burn manager in the state of Alabama (RF #2082). Wes finished his forestry degree at Auburn in 2006 with an enphasis in wildlife management. He worked for Southern Forestry Consultants in Enterprise, Alabama for two years, and has now been with Glenwood Forest Products out of Crenshaw County for 4 years. Wes buys both pine and hardwood stumpage throughout southern Alabama and conducts prescribed burns on about 3,000 acres a year. He currently reside in Enterprise, Alabama with wife, Paty, and daughter, Caroline. Source: Personal Résumé, 4/12.
Bruce Pruitt, M.S., Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessment. Mr. Pruitt specializes in Piedmont and Coastal Plain problem soil assessment and biogeochemistry of hydric soils. He has participated in several large-scale intensive wetland mapping, classification, and regional functional assessment procedures throughout the Southeast. He is also a Regulatory IV certified wetland delineator through the Corps of Engineers and is a Professional Wetland Scientist. Source: The University of Georgia Continuing Education Course Description, 3/00.
Eric Pugh is Forestry Profit Center Manager for Great American Insurance Company, based in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Pugh is a professional forester with 14 years experience in both government and private forestry consulting in addition to 6 concurrent years of experience in the development and underwriting of timber insurance. Eric has met the criteria for and been designated as a "Certified Forester" by the Society of American Foresters. Source: Great American Insurance Company, TimberGuard Fact Sheet, 2/02.
Richard Quina was born in Mobile, Alabama, and has lived in several states following his father from one small paper-mill town to the next. Since then, Quina has been working for almost thirty years in every aspect of the timber industry, from land management to wood procurement. He has worked in the business as co-owner of his own company and with forest products firms across the South, though the majority of his work history has been in South Alabama. Currently, he works for Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation in Brewton. He became interested in Log a Load for Kids several years ago, and since 1997, has been the Log A Load Chairman for the Longleaf District, which is comprised of Monroe, Conecuh, Escambia, Covington, Butler, and Crenshaw counties. He raises funds from loggers, foresters, mills, and a few landowners and to date has been relatively successful. Since the inception of Log A Load in 1992, he has raised approximately $4,000,000 that has gone to Alabama hospitals, with the Longleaf District having raised in excess of $300,000.
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