Dave Tenny

David P. Tenny is the founding President and CEO of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), an organization devoted to policy advocacy on behalf of private forest owners. Under Tenny’s leadership, NAFO has grown from 14 initial members in 2008 to 70 members representing more than 80 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. During this time NAFO has developed a sophisticated, bipartisan and solutions-oriented advocacy approach to advance federal environmental, energy, conservation, economic and tax policy benefiting private working forests and those who own and manage them.

Tenny previously served as Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products for the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environmental at the United States Department of Agriculture where he had responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service.

Tenny came to USDA from the House of Representatives where he served as Counsel and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for the Committee on Agriculture and as Counsel for U.S. Representative Wally Herger of California.

A native of Boise, Idaho, Tenny earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is married with three children.

Recently the media has reported on release of the sequel to the infamously flawed "carbon debt" argument, asserting that biomass energy contributes to carbon build-up in the atmosphere. Read more

The science dialogue is heating up on biomass as policy makers in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere seek to chart a path forward on carbon emissions policies. Read more

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered the message that biomass is part of the climate and renewable energy solution. Read more

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the Tailoring Rule, thereby addressing one of the key risks of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) treating biomass energy carbon emissions the same as fossil fuel emissions. Read more

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The clock is ticking on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to develop a workable carbon accounting approach for biomass energy greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Read more

Last week House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp introduced his long-awaited draft tax reform proposal. Read more

The Farm Bill awaiting President Obamas signature this afternoon is good news for the forestry community across America. Read more

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) commends leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for inclusion of a provision in the Farm Bill conference report that helps preserve the treatment of forest roads Read more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts intensify on amendments to its greenhouse gas regulations Read more


Last week the Supreme Court announced it would review the validity of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Tailoring Rule” or the rule that “tailors” the application of the agency’s new greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations. Read more

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an order issued last Friday in Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) v. Decker gave litigators another chance to seek federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits on forest roads. Read more

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) in Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Read more

EPA prepares amendments to its 2010 greenhouse gas regulations Read more

President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan Read more

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to soon propose changes to its 2010 greenhouse gas regulations Read more

Important step toward preserving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longstanding policy of regulating forest roads as non point sources. Read more

As expected, the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule clarifying that logging is not an industrial activity under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has precipitated a legal quagmire. Read more

As Congress adjourns for the year it is timely to take stock of where things stand on the forest roads provision in the Farm Bill. Read more

This week’s hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) was no typical day in court. Read more