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Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF)

The Committee for Family Forestlands is comprised of 13 members appointed by the Oregon Board of Forestry; there are three ex-officio (non-voting members).
 
The charter specifies that voting members shall serve three-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.

 
The seven voting members include:
  • Four family forestland owners (representing small to large acreage ownerships in various regions of the state)
  • One forest industry representative
  • One environmental community representative
  • One citizen at large
The ex-officio members include:
  • An Oregon State University College of Forestry representative
  • Two State Forester representatives
  • An Oregon Forest Resources Institute representative
  • An Associated Oregon Loggers representative
  • An Oregon Small Woodlands Association representative
 
 


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Chair & Citizen at Large

Dr. Craig Shinn, Committee Chair
Craig Shinn
Craig Shinn - Canby, Oregon
shinnc@pdx.edu
Second term Expires: July 2014


Craig Shinn, a Portland State University faculty member, serves as director of the Public Administration and Policy, Ph.D Program and as associate director of the Executive Leadership Institute and Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Dr. Shinn (B.S., University of Maine; M.P.A., Lewis & Clark College; Ph.D., University of Washington) finds opportunities where people and the environment intersect. Craig works on environmental and natural resource policy and administration through teaching, research and professional outreach. His research interest focuses on how policy agreement is created and sustained in society, including administrative aspects of adaptive management, social aspects of sustainability, civic capacity building, and inter-jurisdictional administration of natural resources. He coauthored Rural Resource Management (1994) with Sandra Miller and William Bentley and co-managed the Oregon State of the Environment Report (2000)


Dr. Shinn is regularly involved in the community of practice, providing applied workshops, consulting services, and outreach in the region and across the nation and globe. Craig chaired the ad-hoc Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Forest Indicators Project for the Oregon Board of Forestry, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for The Resource Innovation Group and for the Institute for Natural Resources.




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Northwest Oregon Representative

Sara Leiman, NW Oregon representative
Sara Leiman
Sara Leiman - Monroe, Oregon
bsleiman@peak.org
Term Expires:  June 30, 2013

Leiman co-owns and serves as general manager of her family forestland business, Coast Range Conifers LLC based in Monroe, managing 2,814 acres in Benton, Lane and Lincoln counties.
 
Leiman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute since 2004. She has also served on many regional and local leadership boards. Leiman was named Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year in 2005.
 

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Southern Oregon

Rick Barnes, Southern Oregon representative
Rick Barnes
Rick Barnes - Roseburg, Oregon
rbarnes@barnesinc.com
Term Expires: June 30, 2012

Rick Barnes is a professional consulting forester and founder of Barnes & Associates in Roseburg. He is the current President of the Douglas Forest Protective Association Board, and is a member of Douglas Small Woodlands Association, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, American Tree Farm System and the Douglas County Woodland Advisory Committee. Barnes recently completed a four-year term on the Douglas County Planning Commission.  Rick Barnes graduated from Oregon State University in 1978 with a BS degree in Forest Management and completed his MBA at Southern Oregon State University in 1981.  Rick is a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters. 

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Eastern Oregon Representative

Dr. Roje Gootee, Eastern Oregon Representative
Dr. Roje Gootee
Roje Gootee - Long Creek, Oregon
rushcreek@hevanet.com
Term Expires:  June 30, 2013
 
Dr. Roje Gootee co-owns and manages Rush Creek Ranch, 3083 acres of forest and rangeland in the foothills of eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Dr. Gootee works as an independent consultant specializing in natural resource stewardship and policy.
 
Dr. Gootee holds a baccalaureate degree in Forest Management from Utah State University and a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her research focuses on the social and legal interface between private forests and environmental regulatory policy. Dr. Gootee’s research results have been presented in a variety of professional and academic settings including Yale University and international conferences in Ireland and France. She is committed to improving public understanding of environmental issues and working toward socially and ecologically sustainable policy solutions.

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Landowner and vice-Chair

Susan Watkins, Landowner Representative
Susan Watkins
Susan Watkins - McMinnville, Oregon
maczenith@onlinemac.com
Term Expires:  June 30, 2012 
 
Susan Watkins moved to Oregon following a thirty-year career in municipal law in California and Washington State.  After Susan and her husband planted a small forest in Yamhill County, Susan became a Master Woodland Manager and is responsible for managing her family woodland.  As landowner representative, Susan helped found the Ties to the Land Initiative, which develops succession planning tools for landowning families.  Susan continues to help the Initiative, which is housed in the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, develop materials for both landowners and the professionals they consult in preparing their succession plans. 
 
Susan has served on the Board of the Yamhill County Small Woodlands chapter and was an early member of Women Owning Woodlands Network.  In 2007, Susan testified on behalf of small forest owners before the Economy Work Group of the "Big Look" land-use planning task force.  Susan received both her BA and JD from Stanford University.  She is an active member of the Oregon Bar.

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Environmental Community

Sarah Deumling, environmental community representative
Sarah Deumling
Sarah Deumling - Rickreall, Oregon
 
 
Second Term Expires:  June 30, 2014
 
Sarah Deumling grew up on farm and forest land in the Cascade foothills east of Molalla. She earned a BA in Political Science at Whitman College in Walla Walla and her MAT at Reed College in Portland. Sarah has spent three years teaching and many years as a mother, homemaker, gardener, and farmer. Sarah is a family forest owner; in 1987, Sarah and her husband took over management of the 2000-acre Zena Forest in the Eola Hills. Sarah’s husband died in 1996 and she assumed sole responsibility for forest management of Zena. Zena Forest attained FSC certification in 1998, and remains certified today. Currently, one of Sarah’s son is home, running a small sawmill on the forest property.


Sarah is a member of Northwest Sustainable Timber Growers, Build Local Alliance, Forest Guild, Women Owning Woodlands (WOWnet), and the Farm Bureau. She also participates in Willamette University’s sustainability seminar, using Zena Forest as a working example of sustainable forestry. Sarah considers herself, first and foremost, a forest manager interested in the long-term health and vitality of Oregon’s forests.

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Industry Representative

Scott Gray, Industry Representative
Stimson Lumber Company
Scott Gray - Forest Grove
thegrayscott@gmail.com
Term Expires:  June 30, 2013
 
Gray serves as Timberlands Manager for Stimson Lumber Company, overseeing all aspects of forest management and timber production on Stimson’s approximately 175,000 acres in Northwest Oregon.  Stimson timberlands are certified sustainable under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program and Gray is the current chair of the Oregon SFI Implementation Committee.  He graduated from Humboldt State University in northern California with a B.S. in Forestry and a Masters degree in Business Administration.  He began his forestry career working for consulting firms in California and later for Stimson in both California and Oregon, the state he has resided in for ten years.
 

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Secretary (Ex-officio)

Lena Tucker
Lena Tucker
ODF Private Forests Division, Deputy Chief
Lena Tucker
ltucker@odf.state.or.us
 
Lena is the Oregon Department of Forestry Private Forests Division Deputy Chief. In her current position, Lena oversees the daily operations of programs that enforce forest practice regulations and best management practices, coordinate assistance to forest landowners, forest research and monitoring, forest health survey work controlling insect and disease damage on private lands, tree seed research and the Urban & Community Forestry Program.
 
From 2004 until January 2012, Lena served as District Forester for the South Cascade District. She has previously held several positions in the Department since 1994. She is an active member of the Society of American Foresters and has served as State Chair for the Oregon State SAF. She served on the Resources Committee of SFI from 2006 to 2010 in support of SFI, Inc. Director and Chair Marvin Brown. During that time, she has been active in the 2010-2014 Standard review process, SFI European promotions, the 2006 procurement pilot project, and the SFI Interpretations Committee. Lena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and is an SAF Certified Forester.

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Ex-officio

Mike Cloughesy, Ex-officio
Mike Cloughesy
Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)
Mike Cloughesy - Portland, Oregon
cloughesy@ofri.com
Term Expires:

Mike Cloughesy is the Director of Forestry for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), which was created by the Oregon Legislature to provide public education about forest practices and promote sound forest management. Mike develops and implements OFRI’s forestry education programs for landowners and the general public, regularly serving as a liaison with the forestry and forest science communities.
 
Prior to joining OFRI, Mike was director of outreach education, assistant leader of the Forestry Education program and a forest resources professor at Oregon State University College of Forestry. Earlier in his career, he held teaching, research and forester positions with tribal forests in Oregon, Washington and the San Juan National Forest in Durango, Colorado.


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Ex-officio

Brad Withrow-Robinson, ex-officio member
Brad Withrow-Robinson
Oregon State University, Extension Forestry
Brad Withrow-Robinson - McMinnville, Oregon
brad.w-r@oregonstate.edu
Term Expires:
 
Brad Withrow-Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University and a Forestry and Natural Resources Extension agent serving Benton, Linn, and and Polk counties. He has degrees in Agriculture and Forestry, including a Ph.D. from OSU. Brad has worked for Extension in a variety of positions for over 15 years, building a program to serve a diverse population spread across a broad ecological and social landscape. Audiences that he serves include private family forest landowners, forestry workforce, conservation groups, and teachers.


Brad has done research and teaching internationally. Current topics of interest include Family Forestland Succession Planning, conservation and restoration management of oak, prairie and riparian areas, stand development and agro-forestry.
 

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Ex-officio

Rex Storm, ex-officio member
Rex Storm
Associated Oregon Loggers
Rex Storm - Salem, Oregon
rexstorm@oregonloggers.org
Term Expires:
 
Rex is Forest Policy Manager for Associated Oregon Loggers (AOL), a statewide trade association based in Salem.  He works with harvest & allied forest contract businesses and represents them in forest regulatory affairs, industry relations, and professional accreditation.   Prior to joining AOL in 1995, his career included positions in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Wisconsin working with American Pulpwood Association, the US Forest Service, and Louisiana-Pacific.  Rex began forestry work in 1975 as a firefighter with the US Forest Service in Utah.
 
He owns and manages forestland located in Columbia County. Rex holds a BS in forest management from Colorado State University, MBA from the University of Oregon and certificates from Forest Engineering Institute, Certified Silviculturist, and Leadership Oregon.  He is a member of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Society of American Foresters and a Certified Forester.
 
 
 

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Ex-officio

Jim James, ex-officio member
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
Jim James - Salem, Oregon
jimjamesoswa@yahoo.com
Term expires: June 30, 2013
 

James serves as Executive Director of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. He retired from a lengthy career in forest products in 2008, working for Willamette Industries from 1972 through 2002, then Weyerhaeuser until retirement. He received a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University in 1970.
 
 

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Ex-officio

Peter Daugherty
Chief of the Private Forests Division, Oregon Department of Forestry
 
Peter Daugherty
pdaugherty@odf.state.or.us

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