Meet Our Leadership

Meet Our Leadership

Robert Crosby

Louisiana Forest Landowner, 5th Generation

FLA President “I can’t influence individually issues affected by forest ownership as well as I can collectively with other like-minded owners. FLA is the lead organization that I support to protect my forest business and legacy.”

Barrett McCall

Larson McGowin, Alabama

FLA President-Elect

“FLA is the pure voice for the ownership of forests. They are very effective for the size of staff and budget.”

Wayne Alexander

Texas Forest Landowner, 1st Generation

“I attended my first FLA Conference in 2001. I was fascinated by the people I met and the programs presented. I was hooked.”

David Brazeale

Arkansas Forest Landowner & Sawmill Owner, 3rd Generation

“FLA has given me perspective on how policy impacts forestry ownership and my business.”

Mike Clutter

Forest Investment Associates, Georgia

Derek Dougherty

CEO, Dougherty & Dougherty Forest Consultants

“The Underlying principles of FLA support all aspects of private forest ownership. They are the premier group being effective in forest ownership.”

David Foil

Forest Resources Counsultants, Georgia

“FLA gives us the voice and representation needed to ensure our future.”

Wade Hall

Stuckey Timberland, Georgia

“FLA uses sound science and common sense in the arena of conversation policy and market issues for forest landowners”

Phil Hardin

Landowner, Washington

“No other organization advocates for forest landowner interests at the federal level like FLA”

Johnny Haralson

South Carolina Forest Landowner, 1st Generation

“The future of private forests’ ownership and their economic viability is bright if we mentor the forestry students that will soon carry the torch.  FLA’s Next Generation programs are vital in supporting future forestry leaders.”

Steve McKeand

NC State Frorestry, North Carolina

“FLA’s programs provide valuable information on the range of management options available to meet objectives for all sizes of forest landowners”

W. McLeod Rhodes

South Carolina Forest Landowner, 4th Generation

“The most important issues facing forest landowners are regulation and lack of appreciation by the public of our contribution of environmental benefits. FLA is a proven advocate on both of these issues.”

Steve Templin

Louisiana Forest Landowner and Consultant, 1st Generation

“I have a great affinity for FLA and their representation on developing markets.  No one promotes the position of the base of forest landowners better”

Guy Vise III, Ph.D

Mississippi Forest Landowner, 3rd Generation

“Serving on the FLA Board is a worthwhile cause, it’s the best group in which to share ideas that can make a difference.”

Jimmy Bullock

Resource Management Service, Alabama

“FLA is important to RMS because of their presence in Washington, DC. I appreciate what FLA means for family forestry ownership, regardless of size.

Earl Barrs

Georgia, 1st Generation

“As you become older – and wiser, – your appreciation grows and you feel the responsibility of taking care of something that will be passed on for generations. It’s more than just a business.”

Michael Crowell

Louisiana Forest Landowner, 5th Generation

“We remained behind the scenes and that hurt us.  FLA brings our voice and issues to the forefront speaking for the larger constituency of landowners”

Andy Ferguson

CEO, American Forest Management

“Serving on the FLA board is a way to give back to an organization that has been instrumental in preserving private property rights.”

Greg Hay

Nutrien Solutions, Arkansas

“I feel I have a responsibility to participate actively in representing my profession as a consulting forester and the rights of my clients who manage their forest land with a strong stewardship ethic.”

David Hall

Mississippi Forest Landowner Hall Timberlands, 4th Generation

“FLA provides a singular but loud voice to policymakers about what we do, why we do it, and why they should care. They promote us as the true stewards of the forest.”

John Gifford

President, FORECON, Inc.

“I represent families who manage thousands of forest acres. I know FLA has their back in Washington, ensuring their legacy for the future.”

Scott Mooney

Conservation Forestry

Alex Richman

Tennessee Forest Landowner, 4th Generation

“It is getting harder to pass land to the next generation and FLA helps ensure that legacy for my family.”

Marty Strauss

South Carolina Forest Landowner, 4th Generation

“FLA is aligned squarely with the interest of private forest landowners more than any other organization”

Dave Tenny

National Association of Forest Owners

Lynn Wilson

Louisiana Pacific, Tennessee

“FLA has a strong focus on representing the market aspects of forest ownership.  65% of our sourcing comes from private forests, so we have a vested interest in the success of FLA and it’s members.”

Jane Williston

Louisiana Forestry Owner, 5th Generation

“FLA gives me a voice for forestry stewardship, education, and fellowship connecting me to other landowners.”

Hayes Brown

Alabama Forest Landowner, 1st Generation

“As a member of FLA for over 30 years, it’s an honor to serve on the board. It gives me a chance to give back to the association that serves my interests so well.”

John Burlingame

North Inlet

Mary Clapp

Arkansas Forest Landowner, 2nd Generation

“FLA is at the forefront of representing forest landowners on ESA regulations.  They also promote the stewardship and ethics of private forest landowners to corporate and policy decision makers.”

Scott Folk

Roseberg, Oregon

“Roseburg values the work FLA does to represent our interests on both regional and national issues”

Troy Harris

Director of Timber, Jamestown

“FLA is an expert at managing the regulatory and legislative risks of private forest landowners”

Joe Hopkins

Georgia Landowner, 4th Generation

“No other organization has the central purpose to sustain the forest landowner, not just the forest.”

Will Hodges

Louisiana Forestland Owner, 3rd Generation

“My family has been involved in FLA since I was a kid. FLA covers all aspects of forest ownership that ensure my family legacy.”

Jim King

Westervelt, Alabama

Pete Prutzman

Kingwood Forestry, Texas

“FLA’s is effective in all areas important to my business, policy, networking, and updates on latest management and market issues.”

Bill Siegel

Wisconsin Forest Landowner, 3rd Generation

“I am a small landowner. I am a small 3rd generation landowner, my grandchildren will be 5th generation. FLA is an organization that is there for the private landowner. They have our best interest in the areas of tax, regulations, and policy in general”

Charlie VanOver

Forest Investment Associates, Georgia

“FLA ensures our forest landowner clients are represented and keeps us informed of the issues that matter most to them.”

Lee Wright

Georgia Forest Landowner, 1st Generation

“FLA’s track record on advocating for forest landowners private property rights and tax issues is outstanding.”

Seth Palmer

Prudential Ag. & Timberland, Tennessee

Forest landowners ensure healthy working forests and their sustainability for future generations. It is the long term management which enables multiple generations of timber to be harvested from the same ground.”


Frank Beidler
Forest Landowner

“A working forest is always changing — it is the growing and harvesting of timber that sustains a healthy forest. What makes a forest sustainable in my view is that it is also renewable.”


Robert Crosby

I consider it an honor to serve on the FLA Board, it gives me an opportunity to directly support an organization that helps protect our rights as private forest owners. It also serves as a great educational and networking tool to improve the way our family forest ownership operates.


David Hall
Forest Landowner

A pressing issue to face forest landowners is the presence of healthy markets, as they allow private landowners opportunities to not only maintain valuable forests that benefit the public in many ways, but also allow for incentives to keep their forests productive and benefit local forest industry.


Charles Vanover Vice President, FIA

Family forests have been the backbone of our business since our beginning in 1954. Privately-owned forests are essential to the economy of this country.


John Gifford President, FORECON

The top two policy issues I’d say concern me in regards to forest ownership policy are tax issues, and regulatory issues in relation to farming of trees for private landowners.


Marty Strauss Forest Landowner

When I seek to protect my interests when it comes to forest ownership, I expect FLA to be leading the pack.


Robert Crosby Forest Landowner

FLA’s value can be found in its unified voice, a unique perspective of actual landowners that can at times be watered down in DC.


Lynn Wilson Director, Louisiana-Pacific

I value FLA for its role as a grass-roots organization. Most members are landowners voicing their opinions, and I believe this carries great weight with policy makers.


Andy Ferguson Forestry Consultant

The FLA board is made up of an incredible group of thought leaders in our industry, working on a shared mission of protecting private property. It’s a privilege to be involved.


Barrett McCall Forestry Consultant

Through FLA, landowners can receive objective advice from experts and fellow landowners.


Steve McKeand Professor of Forestry, NCSU

I consider markets the most pressing issue to face forest landowners – in Arkansas particularly, we’ve lost many mills and stumpage prices are low.


Greg Hay CPS, Timberland Div.

Most state forestry associations seem to represent the forestry industry rather than the forest landowner. As the name says, the FLA focuses mainly on landowner rights and issues.


Wayne & Jennie Alexander
Private Forest Landowners

So much was accomplished last year. For the near future I’d say Endangered Species Act reform and deductions for casualty losses remains my top priority, and what I hope to see pursued by the FLA.


Hayes Brown Attorney