Texas Forestry Association Hosts 100th Annual Convention


LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association will host its 100th annual convention at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin, Texas, October 21-23, 2014, an event designed to showcase Texas Forestry Association’s proud history as the voice of forestry for 100 years.


As part of its centennial celebration, Texas Forestry Association is honored to announce W. Goodrich Jones, II will be its keynote speaker Thursday morning, October 22, 2014. Jones, who grew up in College Station, Texas, has strong and fond memories of his grandfather, William Goodrich Jones, who was the founder and first president of Texas Forestry Association.


The featured speaker for the President’s Banquet Wednesday evening, October 21, is Sheriff J. B. Smith, a humorist who has appeared on CBS’s Early Show with Harry Smith and NBC’s Today with Matt Lauer. Smith manages one of the largest jails in Texas, housing over 1,000 prisoners, oversees over 355 personnel, has over 100 vehicles and feeds more than 3,000 meals a day, while overseeing an annual budget over $27 million.


Lynn Wilson, Executive Vice President of Forest Resources for Rayonier, will present Rayonier’s outlook over the next few years to maintain a strong presence in the forest products industry, including their investment in Texas. Mark Luetters, Executive Vice President of Building Products for Georgia-Pacific LLC, will address the future of the forest products industry and their holdings in Texas.


Other speakers include Richard Peberdy, who joined Drax in 2012 after working 30 years in UK forest industry and will present a perspective on European demand for wood pellets from North America and their efforts to coordinate sustainability requirements for the sourcing of fiber.  Lawrence Seltzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, will discuss the future of our forests and communities and the role of certification. Hughes Simpson, who coordinates Water Resources and Ecosystem Services programs for the Texas A&M Forest Service, will present Ecosystem Services and The Private Landowner.


The Association of Consulting Foresters will present “People and the Forest: A look at Private Forestry in Texas” Wednesday afternoon with a question and answer session.


For a complete meeting brochure, visit Texas Forestry Association’s website at www.texasforestry.org or email tfa@texasforestry.org.  Registration is also available online at www.texsforestry.org.  To exhibit or sponsor, please call (936) 632-8733.


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