Tom Lannen (center) received American Forest Resource Council's Tillicum Award for his leadership and service to rural communities from Nick Smith, American Forest Resource Council’s and Matt Comisky, Washington Manager for AFRC and Executive Member of Pinchot Partner’s Board. Photo: Nick Smith, AFRC
American Forest Resource Council met for its annual meeting April 11-13 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.
Pinchot Partners was well-represented with Board President Pete Krabbe; Board members Matt Comisky, who is AFRC’s Washington Manager; and Anjolene Price, Hampton Lumber’s Collaborative Forestry Manager; and Pinchot Partners’ Executive Director Janene Ritchie all attending.
Congressman Cliff Bentz, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries gave the keynote address.
Joe Furia, Executive Director of the World Forestry Center, talked about social change and the importance of empowering new voices in the forestry conversation. Those conversations continued during breaks and on the links at Skamania’s beautiful site.
Matt said attendance was at an all-time high this year and that he found the programming well-rounded.
AFRC’s Public Affairs Director Nick Smith agreed.
“For me the highlight were the members of Congress, including Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, who participated in our meeting and demonstrated there is bipartisan support for improving the health and resiliency of our forests. We also appreciated all the public lands managers from the Forest Service, BLM and Washington DNR who made the trip to Stevenson to discuss constructive solutions for accelerating the pace and scale of science-based, proactive forest management.”