Joe Hopkins—Folkston, GA
As a fourth generation forest landowner from Southeast Georgia, Joe Hopkins (in red shirt) has been involved in forestland management all his life. After graduating from Emory University in 1974 and Mercer Law School in 1977, he practiced law until 1989 when he closed the practice to manage personal and family timberland full time. Joe has been a member of the FLA since 1993, elected to the Board of Directors in 2005 and currently is Chairman of Governmental Affairs. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Forestry Association since the early 90’s, serving as President in 1997. In addition, Joe was a founder of the Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, which was formed in 1994 to coordinate the forest landowner’s needs with the fire fighting and prevention resources to combat forest fires that threaten landowners around the Okefenokee Swamp. Joe has also have served on the Joint Georgia House and Senate Future of Forestry Study Committee and Georgia Land Conservation Partnership.
Executive Vice President
Scott Jones—Atlanta, GA
Scott Jones joined FLA in 2003 and has a Bachelor Science degree in forest resources from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and is an SAF Certified Forester as well as a Georgia Registered Forester. He spent five years in land management and procurement with a paper company in North Florida and has worked on Government Affairs issues dealing with forestry for the Georgia Forestry Association and the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.
Jane Hearn—Valdosta, GA
Jane Hearn (center) was born in Oxford, Mississippi, but did most of her growing up in south Georgia. She is the daughter of W.F. Frederick, a forestry business owner, and is married to Dr. Jackson Hearn, an agricultural scientist in citrus research. Her father bought her first forestland tract for Jane when she was 18. Jane later graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia. By age 28, she owned most of the family’s eight tracts. About 15 years later, she began her active involvement in the management of her own forests and developed an intense interest in forestland and landowners. In June of 2000, she represented Georgia forest landowners at the “EPA Rules Public Meeting,” sponsored by congressmen Sanford Bishop, Jr. and Saxby Chambliss. Her first speaking engagement was an exciting one—she represented private forest landowners across the United States at President Clinton’s “White House Conference on Climate Action,” held in Washington, DC in 1994. She serves on the Forest Landowners Association’s executive board as a regional vice-president. In order to seminars, meetings, and even a few roundtable discussions. However, she is convinced that the best way to learn about the “Family Tree” is through personal experience.
Wayne Alexander—Victoria, Texas
Wayne Alexander inherited his first 398 acres of land when he was 21 years old. His father purchased the 398 acres in the 1940s to raise cattle in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana. When Wayne inherited the land, he started planting forests.
Over the years Wayne and his wife Jennie have grown the family forest to 1,238 acres on six tracts named Three Pines Plantation, Birdsong, Lizzie Burns, Oaklawn, Stirling, and Sligo Plantations. Wayne and Jennie have passed down to their children and grandchildren the importance good stewardship plays in keeping forests healthy and being able to pass forests down to future generations.
David Hall—Meridian, MS
David Hall (in coral shirt) is the Chief Operating Officer of Hall Timberlands, managing approximately 58,000 acres of family-owned land in East- Central Mississippi. David is a Registered Forester in the state of Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Currently, he serves as the Vice-President of the Lauderdale County Forestry Association, is an active member of the Mississippi Forestry Association, an Eagle Scout and Vice-President of Properties for the Choctaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Vice- President of the Magnolia State Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Wesley House Community Center and Rotary Club in Meridian, Mississippi. A member of the Forest Landowners Association for over 10 years, he has helped organize local events in both Meridian and Hattiesburg, participated in FLA’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and serves on the FLA Board of Directors.
Johney Haralson—Denmark, SC
Johney Haralson, whose passion for trees in his native South Carolina is matched only by his dedication to family and the forestry community. What began in the late 1980s as a way to restore quail hunting to what he remembered in his youth became one of Haralson’s greatest passions. Haralson’s nearly 30 whirlwind years in forestry cover many spectrums, including sustainability, controlled burning, longleaf restoration, timber leases, bird dogs, food plots, grandchildren, herbicide, pine straw, short rotation plantings and more.
2016 FLA Forest Landowner of the Year, Haralson is a self-taught forestry veteran whose lengthy resume includes a stint as Chairman of the South Carolina Forestry Association and ongoing service to the Forest Landowners Association on the Board of Directors and on the Forest Landowner Foundation Board. Haralson has worked tirelessly in support of forestry causes while running an insurance business and taking a daily, hands-on approach to his vast forest holdings.Sharing his knowledge of tree farming with thousands of people ranks among his greatest accomplishments, he says. Haralson is married to his wife of 40 years, the former Roxie Varn. They have two children, Kristen H. Rucker and Kacey L. Haralson.
W. Earl Smith—Greensboro, Georgia
Lee Wright—Greenville, Georgia