Tom Partin is the CEO of AFRC. He directs the work of all AFRC staff members and consultants to assure the needs and preferences of the membership are met, in both the short and long term. He is the association’s principal voice on matters of policy and speaks on its behalf to elected officials, Congressional committees and staff, and the media. He oversees the day to day operations of the association and the implementation of its budget.As part of his role at AFRC, Tom was active in the formation of the Federal Forests Resource Coalition, a group of regional associations concerned with federal timber supply on the national level. He has also served as chair of Keep Oregon Green and has chaired the Forest Industry Association Council and the National Council of Association Forestry Executives.Prior to becoming an association executive, Tom worked for 25 years in the timber industry, primarily in Eastern Oregon. His positions included forester, logging manager, resident plant manager, regional manager overseeing multiple facilities, and company vice-president. During that time, he also set up an operation in Europe and helped source raw materials for that mill.Tom has been an active leader in his local community, serving as mayor, county planning commission chair, and parks and recreation district chair, among other offices.Tom holds a B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University and is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Phi Kappa Phi and the Society of Association Presidents.
On June 20, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies passed a $28 billion draft FY13 spending bill. more
Jun 25, 2012 12:00 AM Features
Fires in the western United States continue to burn out of control and threaten even more residences and structures as hot weather remains in the forecast and millions of acres of dead and diseased federal timber remain ripe for burning. more
Jun 25, 2012 12:00 AM Guest Columns
On April 24, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released for public review and comment draft Resource Management Plans for six districts in western Oregon encompassing over 2.5 million acres of BLM managed forestland. more
May 15, 2012 12:00 AM Features