Behind the new Forestry Board appointments

Oregon Small Woodlands Association,

Forestland owner Gary Springer and conservation group director Sybil Ackerman have been appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. They replace board members Bill Hutchison and Larry Giustina, whose second terms will expire this spring.

Active in Oregon environmental causes since the 1990s, Ackerman is currently executive director of the Portland-based Lazar Foundation, which funds projects to protect the environment throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to her employment with the Lazar Foundation, she was legislative affairs director for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Her credentials also include positions with the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society of Portland.

Ackerman has served on forest-related advisory committees including the Forestry Program for Oregon Revision Committee, State Forest Advisory Committee, and the State Forest Habitat Conservation Committee. She currently serves on Gov. Kulongoski’s Nearshore and Environmental Justice task forces.

She holds an environmental law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School, a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a baccalaureate in environmental studies from Scripps College.

Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. of Corvallis and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages the 80-acre Chinquapin Point tree farm in Harlan. From the 1970s through the 1990s, he was a partner in Springer Logging, his family’s contract logging business. Springer has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.

He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He was a member of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board until his nomination to the Board of Forestry.

Springer holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from OSU.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced his nomination of Springer and Ackerman on Jan. 11, and the Oregon State Senate confirmed both appointees on Feb. 5.

Attorney Bill Hutchison of Portland has served two terms on the board. His second term will expire on June 30 of this year. Larry Giustina, managing partner of Eugene-based Giustina Land & Timber Co., will leave the board on April 30 when his second term expires.

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