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

Co-Vice Chairs
Doug Decker
L. Michael Kelly
Edward Phares

Immediate Past Chair
Hayes Brown

Henry I. Barclay III

Secretary & President 
Steven Anderson

National Park Service Liaison
Donald Stevens, National Park Service, Omaha, NE

Emeritus Members
Charles S. Peterson, St. George, UT
Herbert I. Winer, New Haven, CT

Steven Anderson
Lisa Brady

2017 Spring Meeting in Québec City

Henry I. Barclay III (AL) 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 admitted to partnership 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. He was elected to the Board in 2004 (Term: 2004-2016).

Lisa M. Brady (ID) is a 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 Sydney, 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 (AL) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2010 (Term: 2010-2016).

Chris Conte (UT) 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.” He was elected to the Board in 2014 (Term: 2014-2017).

Christopher B. Davidson (VA) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2014 (Term: 2014-2017).

Doug Decker (OR) is the Director of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and an Oregon State Forester. As Chief executive officer, he is 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. He has direct policy development and operations for fire protection, forest resource protection and management on all state-owned and private forests in Oregon. Additionally, he is also principal forest advisor to the Oregon Governor, Oregon Board of Forestry, and Oregon Legislature. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula along with minor coursework in Forestry in 1985. At the Spring 2013 Board meeting, he was appointed to fulfill Paul DeLong’s remaining term of service (Term: 2013-2017).

Steve Fairweather (OR) has served as the president for Mason, Bruce, and Girard since 2007. 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 chairs the Education Committee for the Association of Consulting Foresters and sits on the Board of Directors for the Penn State Forestry Alumni Society. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Kent Gilges (NY) is Managing Member of Conservation Forestry, LLC. Previously, 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. He was elected to the Board in 2011 (Term: 2011-2017).

Joy N. Hodges (LA) serves as Managing Partner for family owned enterprises including Hodges Natural Resources and Hodges Land Management and is a Director and Vice President of W.H. Hodges and Co., Inc. Additionally she was a board member of the National Livestock Marketing Association. She served as a Director of Rapides Bank and Trust Company and as a member of the Community Advisory Board for Bank One. Presently, she is a board member of the Willwoods Foundation, and has received the Servus Fidelis Award. She is a member of the Board of the Forest Landowners’ Association, and the Louisiana Forestry Association, where she served consecutive terms as the first female president and was named the First Lady of Louisiana Forestry. She was elected to the Board in 2010 (Term: 2010-2016).

Douglas Hutton (AB) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2008 and re-elected in 2015 (Term: 2008-2014; 2015-2018).

Bob Izlar (GA) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Richard W. Judd (ME) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2012 (Term: 2012-2018).

Michael Kelly (GA) is president of Forest Investment Associates in Atlanta. During his twenty-five 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, a registered forester in five states, and a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He was elected to the Board in 2008 to continue the position previously held by Charles Tarver (Term: 2007-2016).

Douglas W. MacCleery (VA) is known for his work and writings on historical evolution 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. He was elected to the Board in 2010 (Term: 2010-2016).

Glenn Mason (ON) 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. (Term: 2014-2017)

Brooks Mendell (GA) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Rose-Marie Muzika (MO) is a Professor in Forestry and Associate Director of the School of Natural Resources 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. She was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Rob Olszewski (GA) is Plum Creek’s vice president, environmental affairs and is responsible for managing the environmental aspects of Plum Creek’s 7 million acres of timberlands and the company’s manufacturing plants. Rob began his career with the Florida Division of Forestry and was director of governmental affairs for the Florida Forestry Association. He has a B.S. from Michigan Technological University and a master’s in forest hydrology from the University of Georgia. He was elected to the Board in 2011 (Term: 2011-2017). (in memoriam)

Edward W. (Ned) Phares (GA) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2009 (Term: 2009-2016).

Dan Richter (NC) 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. Dan has studied the detailed effects of soil changes from forest development on long-cultivated cotton field soils at the Calhoun Experimental Forest in the Piedmont of South Carolina and organized the first network of about 250 long-term soil experiments world-wide. He was elected to the Board in 2011 (Term: 2011-2017).

Kirk P. Rodgers (VA) is currently the manager of 7600 acres of pine forest and wetlands on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in Tidewater Virginia and president of his family’s timber corporation. He is a graduate of Yale University, with a bachelor's degree in Geography and a master’s in Natural Resources Management and Conservation. Following jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, the Baltimore County Planning Commission and a three-year tour of duty as a naval air intelligence officer, he joined the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1960. He retired from the OAS in 1998 and continued for several years as a consultant to international organizations, including the Commission of Environmental Cooperation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He is a Past President of the Maryland Forests Association, Past President of the Forest Landowners Association, and is currently Regional Vice President of the Forest Landowners Association for the Mid-Atlantic Region.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Forest Landowners Tax Council. In 2004, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for his lifetime achievements. He is completing the remainder of  Roger Sedjo’s term which ends in the fall of 2016. (Term: 2016)

Michelle Steen-Adams (ME) is 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 or co-authored numerous scientific publications on forest social-ecological systems. She teaches courses in forest landscape ecology, environmental history, and related topics.  Her research spans the fields of forest social sciences, environmental history, tribal forestry, and forest landscape ecology. She has studied the influence of forest policy, institutions, and knowledge systems on long-term forest landscape change in the northern Great Lakes region and the interior Pacific Northwest.  In counterpart with her position at UNE, she is an affiliate social scientist of the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. In that capacity, she conducts applied research on fire-prone forests to inform wildland fire policy and management. Michelle is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: she served in Mali (1994-1996). She was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2016).

Peter R. Stein (NH) joined The Lyme Timber Company in 1990 and provides leadership in the development and structuring of conservation-oriented forestland and rural land purchases and dispositions.  Peter also manages the Company’s conservation advisory business.  Prior to joining the Company, Peter was Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) where he directed TPL's conservation real estate acquisitions in the Northeast and Midwest. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club and serves on the Boards of the National Alliance of Forestland Owners and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. He is a current Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Peter earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975 and a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1981. He was elected to the Board in 2010 (Term: 2010-2016).

Donald Stevens (NE) 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. (Term: 2013-2016).

Frederick W. (Rick) Titcomb (WA) is the retired 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 is President of the Rodman Foundation. He was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2016).

Rick Wilson (BC) is the Vice-President of Corporate Development and Strategic Capital at Canfor Corporation in Vancouver. Joining in company in 1998 as the Manager of General Accounting, over the years he has been Division Controller, Regional Controller, Operations Controller, General Manager of Residual Fiber, General Manager of Business Optimization, Corporate Controller, and General Manager for Finance and Business Optimization. He was elected to the Board in 2015 (Term: 2015-2018).

Chris Zinkhan (NC) 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. He was elected to the Board in 2013 (Term: 2013-2016).

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