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Forest History Society Board of Directors

The Forest History Society's president and staff receive superior guidance from a dedicated, highly qualified Board of Directors that helps ensure the Society maintains the fiscal health necessary to accomplish its daily operations in research, publication, education, and projects. Board members serve a three-year term under the leadership of an experienced chairperson and a group of duly selected officers.

Officers of the FHS Board of Directors
Chris Zinkhan, chairman
Doug Decker, co-vice chairman
Edward (Ned) Phares, co-vice chairman
L. Michael Kelly, co-vice-chairman
Douglas W. MacCleery, co-vice-chairman
Hayes Brown, immediate past chairman
Henry I. Barclay III, treasurer
Steven Anderson, secretary and president

FHS Board of Directors

Henry I. Barclay III

is the managing partner of Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay LLP. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Business Administration (Accounting). Henry was employed by an international accounting firm then joined Lehmann, Ullman and Barclay LLP in 1971 and became a partner in 1974. He is a member of the Forest Landowners' Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and its Birmingham Chapter. Henry is also chairman of the board of the Forest Landowners Tax Council.
Matthew M. Booker is an environmental historian at North Carolina State University. As a National Humanities Center fellow in 2017, he is writing Edible City, the surprising history of rapid ecological change in America’s industrial era, focusing on the rise, collapse and possible future of aquaculture in urban estuaries. His book Down By The Bay: San Francisco’s History Between The Tides is the story of the American West's most important estuary from the California Gold Rush to the creation of the first urban wildlife refuge. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Matthew bridges the humanities and sciences. He is coordinator of NC State’s Chancellors Faculty Excellence Program cluster in Visual Narrative, co-director of the Archive of Agricultural Genetic Engineering and Society, and has co-taught with faculty in Ecology, Biology, Communication, Anthropology and Entomology. He sits on graduate student committees in History, Architecture, Biology, Entomology and Forestry. He was named to the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2012. He has recently been a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Urban Fellow at the San Francisco Exploratorium, and a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Munson Institute on maritime history. Matthew has a PhD in American History from Stanford, MS in Environmental Studies from Oregon and BA in Latin American History from UC Berkeley.
Lisa Brady is Associate Professor, Department of History at Boise State University where she has been since 2003. Much of her teaching, research, publications, and presentations have involved environmental history associated with war or other military actions, ranging from the Civil War to Korea in the 20th century. She teaches courses on history and environmental history of the United States and the world, and her lectures and presentations have included the topics of conservation and natural disasters. At the University of Sidney, she examined the political and ecological aspects of the wood chipping debate that surrounded Australia’s pulp and paper related timber industry. On July 1, 2013, she became the new editor of the journal, Environmental History.
Hayes Brown is a practicing attorney in Birmingham AL and has a forest management degree from Auburn University. He has represented private forest owners on a wide variety of legal matters including land title, timber sales, acquisition and business formation. He also has represented forest industry, timber management organizations, family businesses, registered foresters and forestry consultants. For many years, he has served as general counsel for the Alabama Forest Owners Association. The mission of the Association is to be the advocate for forest owners and to keep members well informed on all things related to forest ownership. Since 2000, he has been the host of frequent audio conferences interviewing experts on topical issues in forest management.
Chris Conte

is an Associate Professor with the History Department and the Department of Environment and Society in the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. He received his doctoral degree in African History from Michigan State University in May of 1995. Chris earned two masters degrees from Ohio University, one in international affairs and the other in linguistics. His 2004 book, Highland Sanctuary: Environmental History in Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains, received a Choice Award in the category of “best academic titles.”

Christopher Davidson is the Director, Corporate Sustainability at WestRock. His responsibilities include ensuring that WestRock is a recognized global leader in sustainability, and projecting the company’s interests into the national and international debates on sustainability and natural resource issues. This includes facilitating WestRock’s position as a strategic partner, supplier, and resource in sustainability for customers and stakeholders, both internal and external. Chris also works with national and international NGO’s on issues relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has worked in the forest products industry for over 20 years and prior to WestRock held positions of increasing responsibility with Nekoosa Packaging, Georgia Pacific, Champion International, International Paper and MWV. Chris received his Ph.D. in silviculture and forest ecology from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and B.S. in forestry from North Carolina State University.
Doug Decker retired in October 2016 from a 29-year career at the Oregon Department of Forestry, where he served most recently as director and Oregon State Forester, responsible for strategic direction, budget and policy development, and implementation of statewide operations for one of Oregon’s largest and oldest state agencies, and one of the nation’s largest public forestry organizations. Having left state service, Doug is now Director of Portland State University’s Executive Seminar Program, a case-study based natural resource leadership development program. He also serves as Development Director for the Salmonberry Trail, an 86-mile planned rails-to-trails project connecting Portland and the Oregon Coast through the Tillamook State Forest. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula along with minor coursework in Forestry in 1985.
C. A. (Chip) Dillon, III is a Partner at Vertical Research Partners covering the Global Paper and Packaging Industry. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and consistently ranks highly in the major polls/surveys of U.S. Paper and Packaging Analysts, including a #1 ranking on eight occasions in the Institutional Investor (II) poll. In addition, Chip is the only U.S. Paper and Packaging Analyst to be inducted into The Wall Street Journal Analyst “Hall of Fame.” A Wall Street veteran, Chip has covered the industrial space for nearly three decades. He joined Vertical Research in July 2011 after serving as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and prior to that, Citigroup Investment Research. He also worked at First Manhattan Co. and J.P. Morgan Investment Management. Chip earned a BS from the University of North Carolina in 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University in 1986.
Steve Fairweather served as the president for Mason, Bruce, and Girard from 2007 to 2016. His expertise is in forest inventory, forest biometrics, applied statistics, and growth and yield modeling. Prior to joining MB&G in 2000, he worked in academia, government, and private industry. He earned his B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State, his M.S. in Forestry (Remote Sensing and Forest Pathology) with a minor in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics from Penn State. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of Consulting Foresters and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Penn State Forestry Alumni Society.
Kent Gilges is Managing Member of Conservation Forestry, LLC. Before that, Kent was Managing Director of Finance and Acquisitions at The Nature Conservancy where he was primarily responsible for identifying, structuring, and financing transactions for the Conservancy. In this role, he managed the acquisition of over 800,000 acres since 1999.
Rhonda Hunter has been Senior Vice President, Timberlands, since January 1, 2014. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President, Southern Timberlands, from 2010 to 2014. She held a number of leadership positions in the Southern Timberlands organization with experience in inventory and planning, regional timberlands management, environmental and work systems, finance, and land acquisition. She joined Weyerhaeuser in 1987 as an accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Henderson State University.
Douglas Hutton is a television and record producer, writer and director. Over the past 40 years, his 227 (+) television credits include various prime-time music series, 120 programs on Canadian history and many programs featuring the cultural and natural heritage of North and South America. Music and documentary programs that Doug produced have featured major international performing artists and film stars. In 1990, Douglas created and began producing a television series entitled This Living World and was the founder of This Living World Nature Trust. The main purpose of the trust is to promote a strong world-wide conservation ethic and help fund the purchase of sensitive wildlife habitats with recognized conservancy partners. In 2009, Hutton created, produced and released a musical project recorded in Nashville and New York on American history featuring major U.S. songwriters and performing artists – entitled "This is My America." From 2003 to 2007, he served on the Board of Tree Canada in Ottawa. Hutton is currently in production of a new 4K UHD TV special entitled "Canada’s Forest Treasures" for release prior to the "Canada 150" anniversary of Confederation celebration in 2017.
Bob Izlar has been the Director at the Harley Langdale, Jr. Center for Forest Resources at the University of Georgia since 1998. Prior to this position, he spent eleven years as the Executive Director for the Georgia Forestry Association. His interests are in forest finance, forest operations, forest business management, and forest policy, and he has traveled extensively in Canada, Central America, Asia, Europe, South America, and the South Pacific. His academic achievements include a B.S. and Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Bob is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with 36 years of service.
Richard W. Judd is a professor of history at the University of Maine/Orono. Richard received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of California at Irvine and earned both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Fullerton. He is currently a member of the Research Committee and co-editor of a project designed to produce a 100-plate Historical Atlas of Maine, from glaciation to the present. A second project is a book-length manuscript on the environmental history of New England. Topics covered will include pre-contact Native American history, interactions between Natives and colonists, frontier expansion, resource-based industries, industrialization, Romanticism, conservation, urban environmental history, and the "re-wilding" of New England.
L. Michael Kelly is president of Forest Investment Associates in Atlanta. During his eighteen years with the company, he has served as Management Forester, Vice President and Director of Timberland Management, and Executive Vice President. Michael graduated from Auburn University in 1979 with a B.S. in forestry and also holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Alabama (1987). He is a certified forester and a registered forester in five states.
Douglas W. MacCleery is known for his work and writings on historical development of forests and forest policies in the United States. His USDA/Forest Service background includes field forester, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment and member of numerous committees for the review or analysis of policies ad strategies concerning forest resources. He has experience in the private sector as a policy analyst for the National Forest Products Association in Washington DC and has done international forestry work. His 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.
Peter Madden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Drax Biomass. He oversees the company’s operations including manufacturing facilities in the Southeastern United States that are environmentally sound, safe, and professionally managed to meet the market demand for compressed wood pellets. Pete began his career in forestry in 1988 with the Westvaco Corporation in South Carolina. In 1992, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he held various positions including operations manager, procurement manager and senior financial analyst. In 2001, Pete joined Plum Creek Timber Company as a senior financial analyst and held several key positions including director of financial planning, manager of construction materials, director of regional marketing for the Southern region, vice president of operations support, and most recently as vice president, renewable energy and supply chain. Pete graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Vermont. He also earned a Master of Science in Forestry and a MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Registered Forester in South Carolina and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Michigan Forest Products Council and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.
John J. Martin is a historian of early modern Europe, with interests in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Venice’s Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City (1993), winner of the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA. He is currently completing Crossing the Boundaries of Hercules: Knowledge, Faith, and Power in Early Modern Europe, a history of Europe from the late 15th to the early 19th century. He teaches courses in Italian and European history, including a graduate seminar on the history of the early modern Mediterranean and an undergraduate seminar on the history of torture in the West. In 2013 he offered a course entitled “Mapping Knowledge in the Renaissance: Raphael’s School of Athens,” a collaborative that investigated the epistemologies of various disciplines in Rome in the High Renaissance. Before joining the history faculty at Duke in 2007, Martin taught at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he also served as Chair of the History Department (2004-2007). Martin received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard.
Glenn Mason was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in March 2014. He joined NRCan in 2011, as Director General, Policy, Economics and Industry Branch, CFS. Prior to that, he was Director of Strategic Operations for the Social Development Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office (PCO), where he was responsible for supporting the Social Policy Committee of Cabinet. Glenn holds a M.A. in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in economic history from the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Brooks Mendell is the president and founder of Forisk Consulting, LLC, in Watkinsville, GA. The company is a provider of research, education, and advisory services to forest businesses and investors. He is also the chairman and speaker for Mendell & Associates delivering keynotes and workshops on business and technical communications as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Georgia. His educational background includes a B.S. (Political Science) and M.S. (Political Science/Environmental Policy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California/Berkeley in Political Science. His Ph.D. in Forest Resources was earned at the University of Georgia.
Rose-Marie Muzika is an Associate Professor in Forestry at the University of Missouri/Columbia. Her previous positions within the University’s Department of Forestry included Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Her research efforts focus on disturbance ecology with an emphasis on long-term changes in forest composition and processes by both natural and anthropogenic influences. She earned a B.A. from Seton Hill University and an M.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, both in Biology. Her Ph.D. from Michigan State University is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Edward W. (Ned) Phares is the Academic Advisor for the Criminal Justice Studies Program at the University of Georgia. After serving in the United States Marine Corps as a Signals Intelligence Analyst, he earned his B.A. degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Montana State University. He has served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and as a trustee for Athens Academy and for the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation.
Jonathan Prather is a partner in Perella Weinberg Partners (a leading global institutional asset manager) and manages the firm’s Industrials practice. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Prather was a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Global Industrials Group, where he managed the global paper and forest products investment banking franchise. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Mr. Prather was a Director at UBS in the Global Industrials Group. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Prather was a Financial Analyst at Simpson Investment Company. Mr. Prather received a BA with honors from the University of Colorado in History and International Affairs and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
William McLeod (Mac) Rhodes has been President of McLeod Lumber Company since 1984. He earned a B.A. in 1973 from Duke University, a J.D. in 1977 from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Forestry in 1984 from Clemson University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Longleaf Alliance, and the American Tree Farm System. He is a Director and Chair-elect of the South Carolina Forestry Association, a Director of the Forest Landowners Association, and serves on the Clemson Timberland Legacy Advisory Committee as well as the Clemson Wood Utilization & Design Institute.
Dan Richter has been Professor of Forest Soils and Ecology at Duke University since 1987. Before that, he was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a research associate at the Oak Ridge National Lab. Dan has a B.A. in philosophy from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from Duke. He also did graduate work at Mississippi State University.

Michelle Steen-Adams

is affiliate forest scientist at Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. Prior to her current position, Dr. Steen-Adams was Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of New England. She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has authored nearly 20 scientific publications on forest social-ecological systems. Dr. Steen-Adams has interdisciplinary training in environmental history and forest landscape ecology. She conducts applied research on human dimensions of forest landscape structure and change. In recent years, her research has focused on fire-prone forests of the Pacific Northwest; this work is designed to inform wildfire policy and management. In addition to National Forests, tribal forests and communities are a major research topic. Michelle is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: she served in Mali (1994-1996).
Donald Stevens is the Chief of History and National Register Programs for the National Park Service. He received his BA and MA in U.S. History from the University of Nebraska/Omaha and his Ph.D. in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He and his staff work with interdisciplinary teams to research, plan, and assistance in the identification and preservation of historic properties in 60 national park units in a thirteen state region. From 1999-2004, he served on the editorial board of The Public Historian, the quarterly journal of the National Council on Public History as well as on their board of directors from 2004-2007. He was involved with the development of a cooperative agreement and co-sponsored a series of public history workshops around the Great Lakes parks and initiated a nationwide study of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The latter study resulted in five new National Historic Landmarks at Veterans Administration facilities across the country.
Frederick W. (Rick) Titcomb is the President of the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. He received a BA from the University of Colorado in Political Science and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Washington. After serving in the US Air Force as a linguist, he held positions as an analyst at Pacific Northern Oil, a marine fuel oil reseller, as a trade finance specialist at Union Bank of California, and as a bond salesman at Seattle First National Bank for their Capital Markets Group. Rick founded and was President of Maritime Training Services, a video training production and distribution company to the international shipping industry, from 1994 until its sale in 2010. He also serves as trustee of the Fales Foundation Trust and is President of the Rodman Foundation.
Chris Zinkhan is Chief Executive Officer and President of The Forestland Group where he oversees investments and operations, develops investment strategy, and chairs TFG’s Forestland Investment Committees. As a founder of TFG, he has served as an officer since its organization in 1995. He has held the executive position of all other fund-affiliated Forestland Interests since their inception. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Anderson-Tully Company. His previous positions include Holding Professor of Finance and Dean at Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, Associate Professor of Forest Finance at the University of Georgia’s School of Forest Resources, and Senior Credit Analyst in the Corporate Banking Division of First National Bank of Maryland. He is the co-author of Timberland Investments: A Portfolio Perspective (Timber Press, 1992), the first book to address Forestland as a separate asset class for the portfolios of individual and institutional investors. He holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, M.F. (in forest management) and M.B.A. degrees from Duke University, and a D.B.A. in finance from Mississippi State University.

Forest Service Liaison for the FHS Board of Directors

National Park Service Liaison for the FHS Board of Directors
Donald Stevens, National Park Service, Omaha, NE

Emeritus Members of the FHS Board of Directors
Herbert I. Winer, New Haven, CT