SEVENTH AMERICAN FOREST CONGRESS
Many Voices -- A Common Vision
Committees of the Forest Congress Board of Directors
The following committees of the Board of Directors of the Seventh American Forest Congress
carried out the planning and implementation of the events leading up to and through the February
1996 Forest Congress gathering in Washington, DC. Since the Forest Congress meeting, the
Communities, Education, Management, Policy, and Research committees have continued to
function in support of local and national initiatives aimed at realizing the vision generated by the
Seventh American Forest Congress.
- Citizens' Involvement Committee
- Facilitated input from the American people into the Seventh American Forest Congress
process and reported these recommendations for use in the Forest Congress in February 1996.
Methods for capturing input included:
- Local Roundtables - Forums at which a full spectrum of people with an interest in forests
developed recommendations, using the Nebraska Roundtable
process as a model.
- Collaborative Meetings - Meetings of various organizations, quite likely already scheduled,
at which several hours of the agenda were dedicated to consideration of Forest Congress
information and providing recommendations to the Forest Congress process.
- General Public Input - Opportunities for individuals and groups (using Internet, fax, and
written communication) to make recommendations to the Forest Congress process.
- Gerald Rose, State Forester of Minnesota, served as the chair of the Citizens'
Involvement Committee .
- National Program Committee
- Developed the program, format, process, topics, and speakers for the Seventh American
Forest Congress meeting held February 1996 in Washington, D.C.
- John W. Moser, Jr., professor in the Department of Forestry at Purdue University,
served as chair of the National Program Committee.
- Local Arrangements Committee
- Handled the facility arrangements for the Forest Congress sessions in February 1996. This
committee consisted of several sub-committees including: registration, meeting rooms/A-V
monitors, student activities, VIP hospitality and transportation, Ambassador Corps, Press Room
support, safety/emergency medical, exhibits/posters, and message center. The National Capital
chapter of the Society of American Foresters served as the core leadership group for this
- Bill Banzhaf, Executive Vice President of the Society of American Foresters, served
as the chair of the Local Arrangements Committee.
- Development Committee
- Coordinated fund-raising in support of the planning, preparation, and convocation of the
Seventh American Forest Congress. The committtee raised funds from a
balance of constituencies, including corporations, for-profit businesses, foundations,
environmental organizations, and government agencies.
- Lisa Diekmann chaired the Development Committee.
- Communications Committee
- Proactively provided information about the Seventh American Forest Congress to all
citizens, thus promoting maximum participation in the 1995 pre-Congress activities and events
and attendance at the Forest Congress in February 1996.
- Donna Brown (Weyerhaeuser Company) and Dan Smith (American Forests) served as
co-chairs of the Communications Committee.
- Forest Communities Committee
- [An on-going committee in the Forest Congress implementation phase] Explores the
links between people and the forest resources with which they live. Helps translate the results of
the Seventh American Forest Congress for use by local communities, and disseminates the
learned from local forest communities to others.
- Lynn Jungwirth of the Watershed Research and Training Center (California) serves at
the chair of the Communities Committee.
- Forest Education Committee
- [An on-going committee in the Forest Congress implementation phase]Facilitates
communications among everyone involved in the Forest Congress process regarding the
educational resources currently available related to forests, natural resources, and the
- Dennis LeMaster (Purdue University) and Maria Rivera-Maulucci (New York City
Public Schools) serve as co-chairs of the Education Committee.
- Forest Management Committee
- [An on-going committee in the Forest Congress implementation phase]Ensured that
the voices of landowners and mangers were heard during the pre-Congress activities and is
currently working with landowners and managers to implement the recommendations of the
- Keville Larson (Larson & McGowin, Inc.) served as chair of the Management
Committee through February 1996; Bill Banzhaf (Society of American Foresters) is the current
chair of the Committee.
- Forest Policy Committee
- [An on-going committee in the Forest Congress implementation phase]Monitors
policy developments at the federal, state, and local levels and to helps implement the policy
recommendations of the Forest Congress through legislative and executive office changes.
- Perry Hagenstein of the Institute for Forest Analysis, Planning and Policy, serves as
chair of the Policy Committee.
- Forest Research Committee
- [An on-going committee in the Forest Congress implementation phase]Reviews the
state of knowledge and information available to forest owners, managers, and policy makers, and
recommends steps to close the most critical gaps.
- Wayne Haines (International Paper Company) served as chair of the Research
Committee through February 1996; William Bentley (Salmon Brook Associates) is the current
chair of the Committee.
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