SFI Board Members

 

Environmental Sector

Board members representing the environmental sector, which includes non-profit environmental or conservation organizations:

 

 

 

Larry Selzer (SFI Chair)
President and CEO, The Conservation Fund

Robert Abernethy
Executive Director, Longleaf Alliance

John M. Hagan III
President, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Jonathan (Jon) Haufler
President, The Wildlife Society and
Head of the Ecosystem Management Research Institute

 

Greg Siekaniec
CEO, Ducks Unlimited Canada

 

Gail Wallin
Co-Chair of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species
Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

 

 

Social Sector

Board members representing the social sector, which includes community or social interest groups such as universities, labor, family forest owners or government agencies:

Richard W. (Dick) Brinker
Dean Emeritus, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Dr. Skeet (A.G.) Burris
Family forest landowner

Steven W. Koehn
Director, Cooperative Forestry
USDA Forest Service

Bob Matters
Chair, United Steelworkers Union of Canada Wood Council

 

 

 

Mark Rodgers, PhD, CEC, RODP

President and CEO
Habitat for Humanity Canada

 

 

Charles Tattersall (Tat) Smith, Jr. (SFI Secretary-Treasurer)

Former Dean and Professor
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

 

Economic Sector

Board members representing the economic sector, which includes the forest, paper and wood products industry or other for-profit forest ownership or management entities:

 

Craig Blair (SFI Vice Chair)
President and CEO, Resource Management Service LLC

Robert A. (Bob) Luoto (SFI Immediate Past Chair)
Representing independent Professional Loggers and the American Loggers Council

Craig Armstrong
President and CEO, Millar Western

Daniel P. Christensen
Chief Executive Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group, and President, Hancock Timber Resource Group

Jim Hannan
CEO and President, Georgia-Pacific

 

 

Chief David Walkem
Chief of the Cooks Ferry Indian Band, Merritt, British Columbia, and President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture

 


Robert Abernethy

Executive Director, Longleaf Alliance

Highly regarded for his decades of involvement with a range of wildlife and land management issues, Robert Abernethy became president of the Longleaf Alliance in 2012. Prior to that he held a senior position with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Longleaf restoration is at the forefront of conservation efforts on private land in the U.S. The mission of the Longleaf Alliance is to ensure a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem through partnerships, landowner assistance and science-based education and outreach.

Robert makes a strong contribution to SFI’s efforts to influence the discussion about how to engage large private landowners.

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Craig Armstong

President and CEO of Millar Western

Craig Armstrong is a respected forest sector executive with more than 35 years of experience, including senior executive, operating and marketing positions. Craig is currently serving as the Chair of the Alberta Forest Products Association. He has a strong interest in the recruitment of youth to the forestry sector, and the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Millar Western is an Alberta-based company with three sawmills and one pulp mill. The company sources the majority of its timber from publicly-owned forests, all of which are certified to the SFI standard. 

Craig plays an important role in helping SFI link responsible forest practices with sustainable, market-based approaches. His work on the Board is helping SFI explore market-based approaches to improved environmental, economic and social outcomes. His interest in youth recruitment also supports SFI’s community outreach efforts.

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Craig Blair, (SFI Vice Chair)

President and CEO, Resource Management Service LLC

Resource Management Service LLC, is a privately held timberland investment firm serving pension funds, endowments, foundations and family offices.

Craig has direct responsibility for the company's investments and operating businesses in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China and New Zealand. He is chair of the company's Board of Managers and Investment Committee, leading an experienced team of forestry and financial professionals that manage a global timberland portfolio of over $4.5 billion. Over a 29-year career, Craig has held a variety of positions at RMS and with the forest products industry, with experience in resource planning, forest management and wood procurement.

Craig’s global experience in investment management, business development and client relations enhances SFI’s global perspective on emerging forestry and supply chain issues.

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Richard W. (Dick) Brinker

Dean Emeritus, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Richard Brinker was dean and professor in the school from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure, it became one of the most highly regarded and productive natural resource programs in the southern region of the United States. Among other awards and distinctions for his work, Dick is also a member of the Alabama Foresters Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

From 1988 to 1998, Dick held a joint extension and teaching appointment at Auburn, and was involved in coordinating extension education activities for professional loggers, foresters, and landowners. He also has more than 12 years of private sector experience in land management, wood procurement, timber harvesting, and lumber mill management.

Dick’s combination of academic and private sector experience is a valuable asset for SFI, especially in relation to developing and enhancing training programs for resource management professionals. 

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Dr. Skeet (A.G.) Burris

Family forest landowner

Skeet Burris and his family own the 2,700 acre (1,092 hectare) Cypress Bay Plantation in Hampton County, South Carolina. He has won many national, state and local conservation and forestry awards.

Skeet and his family bought an abandoned farm in 1986, and turned it into a model for tree farmers. Skeet has worked with organizations such as Quail Unlimited, the Quality Deer Management Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University's Extension Service. He has worked tirelessly to improve wildlife habitat on the farm, making it a popular hunting location.

Skeet brings valuable experience in wildlife management and private land ownership to the SFI Board.

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Daniel P. Christensen

Chief Executive Officer, Hancock Natural Resource Group, and
President, Hancock Timber Resource Group

Dan Christensen is responsible for the overall operation and growth of Hancock. Prior to this role, Dan was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hancock Timber Resource Group. Dan is chairman and CEO of Hancock Forest Management and its subsidiaries in New Zealand and Australia.

Before joining Hancock in1992, Dan was vice president and general manager of a major forest products company in the U.S. Northeast. Dan also serves on the Board of National Alliance of Forest Owners. 

Dan is committed to advancing national policies that promote the economic and environmental benefits of privately-owned forests. He plays a key role in SFI’s work to support sustainable forest communities.

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John M. Hagan III

President, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

John Hagan is an award-winning member of the society of American Foresters and the Society for Conservation Biology. John became President of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Manomet, Massachusetts in 2008. Manomet is a non-profit that works to build a sustainable world. It takes a non-advocacy approach to science to encourage policy makers and the public to make well-informed decisions.

With a series of grants from the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, John helped develop a simple, science-based approach to selecting sustainability indicators that include society's economic, social and environmental values.

John’s leadership helps SFI maintain its objective, science-based approach as it works to ensure forest health. 

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Jim Hannan

CEO and President, Georgia-Pacfic

Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, pulp, paper, building products and related chemicals. In 2013, Jim was named the 2013 North American CEO of the Year by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. 

In addition to his responsibilities at Georgia-Pacific, Jim serves on a variety of boards in the corporate sector and in the arts, culture and human rights sectors.

In his role as an SFI board member, Jim brings together years of experience, diverse perspectives and unique business insights. His expertise is helping to shape our future forests and ensure we create a lasting, sustainable legacy for generations to come.

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Jon Haufler

President, The Wildlife Soceity and
Head of the Ecosystem Management Research Institute

The Wildlife Society has 10,000 members. For more than 75 years, it has been influencing the future of wildlife and wild places for the benefit of generations to come. The Ecosystem Management Research Institute is an independent non-profit institute that specializes in conducting large-scale conservation planning using an ecosystem-based approach. 

John’s leadership roles in these two organizations is augmented by the 14 years he spent as a professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan State University. 

John plays a key role in SFI’s efforts to take an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable forestry.

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Steven W. Koehn

Director, Cooperative Forestry, USDA Forest Service

Steven Koehn oversees programs and partnerships at the USDA Forest Service, where he helps private landowners and rural communities care for their forests, strengthen local economies, and maintain a high quality of life. Koehn was most recently with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service for 30 years. He served as the Maryland State Forester for 13 years. 

He is past president of the National Association of State Foresters, and has held leadership positions in the Chesapeake Bay Program Forestry Workgroup, Society of American Foresters, Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards, Maryland Forests Association, and the American Forest Foundation's Center for Conservation Solutions Operating Committee. Steven’s work on behalf of American forests has earned him awards for protecting trees in Maryland and championing Arbor Day.

Steven helps SFI deliver on its promise to support sustainable forest communities and the forests they depend on. 

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Robert A. (Bob) Luoto (SFI Immediate Past Chair)

Representing independent Professional Loggers and American Loggers Council

Bob Luoto has worked in the forest sector for 34 years, and represents logging professionals and the American Loggers Council on the SFI Board. Bob has been with the council, which represents 27 states and more than 53,000 loggers, since it was created in 1994. He was council president in 2002.

Bob has also been involved with Associated Oregon Loggers for more than 30 years, serving as board president in 1995 and 1996. He was president when Oregon joined the Log a Load for Kids program in support of children’s hospitals. In 2001, Bob was named Oregon’s logger of the year for his active role in both his community and the timber industry.

Bob brings valuable insights and a depth of experience to the SFI Board. His perspective is especially important to SFI’s training programs for resource professionals. 

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Bob Matters

Chair, United Steelworkers Union of Canada Wood Council

Bob Matters experience in the forest industry began in 1977 when he worked for Galloway Lumber in South Eastern British Columbia. There he became active in the International Woodworkers of America (IWA) union. Bob worked full time for the Local from 1992, was elected President in 1994 and in 2006 he was elected to the position of Chair of the Steelworkers Wood Council.

He is responsible for the forestry and forest products sector of the United Steelworkers Union with membership from BC to Ontario. Bob was a member of the merger committee that that created the merger of IWA Canada and the United Steelworkers. He has also served on a number of private and public boards.

Bob’s in-depth understanding of the labor dynamics of the forest sector gives SFI an important window into the economic sustainability of forest communities.

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Mark Rodgers, PhD, CEC, RODP

President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada

Mark Rodgers has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since 2000 in various capacities — first working as the director of development at Habitat for Humanity Waterloo and then as executive director for Habitat for Humanity Brant. Mark has been recognized with awards for civic and social leadership. 

Mark created and implemented a national strategy for directing and supporting Habitat for Humanity’s 58 affiliates in Canada. He also played a key role in establishing a memorandum of understanding between Habitat for Humanity Canada and SFI. This agreement is helping to inspire SFI Implementation Committees to participate in Habitat builds and for Habitat to use wood products certified to SFI Standards.

Mark’s leadership role as community builder is an invaluable asset for SFI as it works to encourage community sustainability across North America. 

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Larry Selzer (SFI Chair)

President and CEO, The Conservation Fund

In addition to his leadership role at The Conservation Fund, Larry currently serves on the boards of the American Bird Conservancy and the Wildlife Habitat Council. He served on the SFI Board from 2000 to 2006, and in 2004 became the first member of the board’s environmental chamber to be appointed chair.

Through land acquisition, community and economic development, and leadership training, the Conservation Fund and its partners demonstrate sustainable conservation solutions emphasizing the integration of economic and environmental goals. Working with public and private partners, the Fund has protected more than six million acres (2.4 million hectares) since its founding in 1985.

Larry’s focus on integrating economic and environmental goals to deliver sustainable conservation solutions makes him uniquely qualified to lead the SFI Board of Directors.

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Greg Siekaniec

CEO, Ducks Unlimited

Canada’s leader in wetland conservation, Ducks Unlimited Canada has more than 400 staff and 9,100 on-the-ground projects that conserve more than 6.3 million acres of wetlands. Greg oversees all of the organization’s conservation programs, which include scientific research, education, fundraising and public policy.

Before joining Ducks Unlimited Canada, Greg had a 28-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, last serving as the Deputy Director for Policy and Management. His career has included positions as the Assistant Director for the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Refuge Manager of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. In recognition of his outstanding leadership, dedication and great contributions to the USFWS, Greg was awarded the Distinguished Service Award — the highest honor of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Greg’s firm belief that in today’s landscape no one organization, landowner or agency can succeed on their own in conserving waterfowl populations for future generations helps SFI realize its potential as an inclusive and progressive force for change in sustainable forestry.

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Charles Tattersall (Tat) Smith Jr. (SFI Secretary-Treasurer)

Former Dean and Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

Tat Smith was Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto from 2005 to 2010. He came to Toronto in 2005 from College Station, Texas, where he had been professor and head of the Department of Forest Science at Texas A&M University. Prior to that, he was a program manager for the New Zealand Forest Research Institute from 1993 to 1998. He was on the forestry faculty of the University of New Hampshire in Durham for 10 years.

Tat is a task leader with the International Energy Agency bioenergy collaboration, focusing on projects related to the development of bioenergy resources from forest feedstock. In 2008, he led a bioenergy workshop for SFI that brought together experts on sustainable biomass production systems as well as technical experts in areas such as forestry, biodiversity, and water and soil protection. The workshop led to recommendations as part of the SFI 2010-2014 standard development process.

Tat’s ability to combine cutting-edge forestry solutions with his global perspective allows him to make an important contribution to SFI’s efforts to remain at the forefront of sustainable forestry. 

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Chief David Walkem

Chief of Cooks Ferry Indian Band, Merrit, British Columbia, and
President Stuwix Resources Joint Venture

Stuwix Resources Joint Venture is a forest management enterprise that manages a forest license for eight shareholder Indian Bands in the Interior of British Columbia. Dave has won several awards recognizing his achievements combining environmentalism and forestry.

He has been the Chief of the Cooks Ferry Indian Band since 1990, and is the Vice-Chair of the Nicola Similkameen Innovative Forestry Society, which oversees the planning for six Innovative Forestry Practices Agreements held by major licensees in the Merritt Timber Supply Area.

Dave played a key role in the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules revision process. His input helped enhance existing SFI forest management requirements aimed at respecting tribal and aboriginal rights on public and private lands. 

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Gail Wallin

Co-Chair of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species
Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Gail’s deep experience in the environmental sector goes back to the mid-1990s. She is Co-Chair of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species which works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species. Gail works closely with the forest sector and others to help ensure industry is equipped and able to demonstrate leadership in reducing the spread of invasive species.

Gail is a widely recognized facilitator and educator on natural resource management and community issues in Canada. She has organized and facilitated public advisory groups to achieve joint solutions on complex resource management issues including land use planning processes, park management plans, senior policy development and a wide range of local community initiatives. 

Her ability to bring disparate groups together to work for sustainable forestry solutions is an important asset for SFI.

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