New Director for AFA
The Alaska Forest Association (AFA) has selected Owen Graham as its new
executive director. He replaces Jack Philips, who took a position with Alaska
Senator Frank Murkowski at his Washington D.C. office. Graham says his mission
is "to try to stop the downward spiral of the industry and build for the
future, or at least save what we've got left."
Top Forest Operators
The Oregon State Forestry Board awarded Mike and Gary Brownson, of Brownson
Logging Co. in Myrtle Creek, the southwest Oregon Forest Operator of the Year
Award. The award goes to companies in each of the state's regions that have
consistently exceeded the Oregon Forest Practices Act and rules for road
building, logging and fish and wildlife enhancement. Brownson Logging was chosen
because of its innovative work on steep terrain near streams. Also taking home
the award was A-1 Logging of Yamhill, Oregon. Larry Heesacker and his son
Jeremy, were able to quell neighbors concerns by protecting views, soil and
wildlife. "Nobody wants to live next to a clearcut," says Larry.
New Deputy Supervisor for Idaho
Ranotta McNair, previously a deputy supervisor of national forests in North
Carolina, was named regional forester of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
McNair replaces David Wright. McNair has worked throughout the Pacific Northwest
and will manage 2.5 million acres of national forestland, including 847,000
New President for Starfire
Starfire Lumber company's general mgr., Foster "Robbie" Robinson, has
been promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Cottage Grove,
Oregon, company. Robinson takes over for Frances D. Engle who stepped down in
Collins Pine Honored
The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection presented its highest
honor, the Francis H. Raymond Award, to the Collins Pine Company of Chester, California.
Collins Pine is widely known for its continuing influence on the public's
perception of sustainable forest management in California. "It is notable
that in 2000, Collins Pine harvested and milled their two billionth board foot
of lumber, yet their volume of standing timber remains at the same level as when
it first began logging in 1941," said Stan Dixon, Acting Board Chairman.
"This long term view of sustainable forest management, and Collins'
obtaining the first green certification by a private timberland owner in the
United States, forms the basis for this Award."
Changes at Pope & Talbot
Pope & Talbot announced organizational changes within its pulp operations.
C. Douglas Eamer is now the Vice President of Canadian Pulp Operations
responsible for Pope & Talbot's Harmac and Mackenzie operations. Paul G.
Sadler has assumed the position of general manager of the Harmac Pulp
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