The Forest Landowners Association is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from the forestry community. Each of these individuals has made a commitment of service to the mission, objectives and goals of the Forest Landowners Association.
For us – presumably as for you – coming to work everyday isn't really about work at all. It is about a passion we all share to enhance the stewardship and sustainability of private forests – by protecting the rights of the families who own them.
Joe Hopkins—Folkston, GA
As a fourth generation forest landowner from Southeast Georgia, Joe Hopkins 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.
Scott Rowland—Magnolia, AR
Scott Rowland received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southern Arkansas University and a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Louisiana Tech University. He is a private forest landowner and has 18 years of experience as an independent consulting forester. Scott is currently President of Neill Forestry Consultants in Arkansas. Neill Forestry Consultants was founded by past FLA President Bobby J. Neill who was instrumental in helping the association change its name from Forest Farmers to Forest Landowners. He is a Registered Forester and Appraiser in Arkansas, SAF Certified Forester, ACF, and Board Member of Arkansas Forestry Association. Scott has been a member of the Forest Landowners Association for 25 years, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2000 and was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2007. While on the Board, Scott has served as Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Awards Committee, and Personnel Committee. He has also been active on the Governmental Affairs Committee attending the annual Advocacy Days in Washington DC. This past year, Scott was asked to serve on a Communications Task Force to analyze the Forest Landowner brand. He is also a trustee for the Forest Landowner Foundation.
Derek Dougherty—Athens, GA
Immediate Past President
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia in 1993, Derek Dougherty worked as District Manager for James M. Vardaman & Co., Inc. in Lumberton, North Carolina until starting Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc. in 1995. Derek also serves as manager of Progressive Realty Services, LLC, specializing in the sale of rural land, and co-manager of Progressive Forest Properties Group, LLC, managing pooled monies invested in timberland properties. An accomplished writer and speaker on forest management in the southeastern United States, Derek is also a member of Society of American Foresters. Derek is a Registered Forester in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi and a Real Estate broker in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Robert Crosby, Covington, LA
Southwest Regional Vice President
Robert is the Manager of Crosby Land and Resources, a family owned non-industrial private timberland company in Louisiana. He has been an active FLA member since 1991 and has served on the Board of Directors for the past several years. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Robert has served in many leadership roles in and out of forestry including President of the Louisiana Forestry Association and Chairman of the Board of the LSU Foundation. He currently serves on the advisory board to the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels & Bioprocessing both of whom are involved in advancing economic development in the use of our forest resources.
Kirk Rodgers—Falls Church, VA
Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President
Kirk Rodgers is a graduate of Yale University, with a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's in natural resources management and conservation. Following jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, the Baltimore County Planning Commission, and a three-year tour of duty as a naval intelligence officer, he joined the Organization of American States in 1960. Kirk is currently the manager of 6,500 acres of pine forest and wetlands on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Forests Association, Past President of the Forest Landowners Association, and is currently active on the Executive Committees of both organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Network of Private Forest Landowners and the Forest Landowners Tax Council. In 2004, Kirk received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for his lifetime achievements.
Henry Darden—Centerville, MS
Mid South Regional Vice President
Earl Smith - Greensboro, GA
South Atlantic Regional Vice President
William H. Hodges, Jr. (Will) - Raleigh, NC
Tri-State Regional Vice President
Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, Will now lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Renee and three children. Will attended Washington & Lee University graduating in 1981 with a bachelor of arts degree. Subsequently he attained an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1988. Will owns forest land with his family in Alabama and began his career in finance as a commercial banker at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and then moved into investment banking. After business school he followed his entrepreneurial interest first in healthcare as a partner and manager of five senior housing and assisted living facilities in North Carolina. After selling this company, he purchased and developed nursing homes in Louisiana. One of which he still operates. He then purchased the development rights for Golden Corral restaurants for the Louisiana market. Currently Will spends much of his time working with his real estate development company Tributary Holdings and other ventures.
In addition to FLA, Will has been involved with many local organizations. He has served on the board of Durham Academy, the Alumni Board of the Fuqua School of Business.
Troy Harris—Cumming, GA
At-Large Regional Vice President/Membership Chair
Troy Harris grew up in Portland, Oregon and is a Certified Forester with a degree from Auburn University (1992) and an MBA from the University of Georgia. Troy works as Vice President of Operations for Wells Timberland and is responsible for the day to day management of over 300,000 acres. Having practiced forestry in every timberland region of the country, his passion for forestry is evident. Positions he has held in FLA include: Chairman of the Magazine Finance Committee, Chairman TIMO/REIT Task Force, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Membership Chairman.
John Hearnsberger - Hot Springs, AR
Information & Education Chair
John Hearnsberger is a third generation landowner who actively manages his family timberlands. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hendrix College and a Masters of Forestry degree in Forest Management and Economics from Duke University. He has worked with Weyerhaeuser Company for 34 years in forestry procurement, contract logging, raw materials and southern regeneration. His present position is Southern Sales Manager for Southern Regeneration where he is responsible for sales of nursery products to the Southeast United States. John is a board member of the Arkansas Forestry Association and serves on a number of local boards and foundations.
Barrett McCall - Mobile, AL
Government Affairs Chairman
Barrett B. McCall is President of Larson & McGowin, Inc. A native of New Orleans, McCall earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of the South and a Master of Forestry degree from Duke University. McCall’s expertise lies in land management operations and silviculture, large-scale property transactions and negotiations, strategic planning and forest economics. He is President-Elect of the Alabama Forestry Association, Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Forest Landowners Association, and a past president of the Nicholas School of the Environment Alumni Association at Duke University. Active in a number of other professional organizations, McCall is also a SAF Certified Forester, a Registered Forester in several states (including Alabama #1539), and a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters
Robert Olszewski—Atlanta, GA
Forest Landowner Foundation President
Robert Olszewski received a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science degree in forest hydrology from the University of Georgia. He began his career in 1980 as state forest hydrologist with the Florida Division of Forestry. From 1986 to 1993, he served as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Forestry Association. Robert then worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation and The Timber Company where he served as Director of Environmental Affairs. He held this role until he joined Plum Creek as Vice President Environmental Affairs in 2001 where he is responsible for managing the environmental aspects of approximately 7 million acres of company timberlands as well as the company's manufacturing facilities. Robert is on the Alumni Advisory Committee of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia, and is active in various roles with the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Scott P. Jones—Atlanta, GA
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Scott P. Jones—Atlanta, GA
Chief Executive Officer
Susan Johnson Klco– Atlanta, GA
Director of Administration
Katelin Baker –Atlanta, GA
Kent Sole - Forsyth, GA
Director of Development
Vicki Penchosky - Atlanta, GA
Melinda Gable –Washington D.C.
Government Relations Consultant
Pete Williams – Safety Harbor, FL
Eric O’Keefe – Dallas, TX
Senior Staff Writer