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AFA Mission & History

Vision

AFA strives to be the respected leader and credible information source for all issues related to forestry.

Mission

AFA advocates for the sustainable use and sound stewardship of Arkansas’s forests and related resources to benefit members of the state’s forestry community and all Arkansans, today and in the future.

AFA represents one of the state's largest manufacturing sector which directly employs some 24,736 Arkansans and contributes more than $1.38 billion annually in payroll. AFA also represents an estimated 2,500 certified family forest owners in the state, as well as 125,000 other non-industrial private forest landowners, who together own nearly 56 percent of Arkansas's forestland.

Forestry Issues

AFA members are finding ways to meet the demands for essential forest products, with the world's growing population, while maintaining fresh water and air supplies, enhancing fish wildlife habitat and conserving significant sites and recreation areas. Meeting all of these needs is perhaps one of the forestry community's greatest challenges today, and AFA members are meeting them head on.

AFA Education Foundation

The AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF) sponsors a Landowner Education and Assistance Program for landowners seeking forest management information. As part of this program, AFAEF holds a number of landowner education workshops throughout the state and publishes a variety of educational guides to provide landowners the information they need to make sound forest management decisions.

 

AFAEF also serves as an information and education source to Arkansas's teachers and students. AFAEF offers teacher training as part of the Project Learning Tree curriculum as well as summer teacher training workshops and other activities.

 

AFA History

In 1947, leaders in the forestry community established the Arkansas Wood Products Association. The group changed its name to Arkansas Forestry Association in 1971. Since 1947, this organization has been the only private, nonprofit organization that speaks for the entire forestry community in Arkansas.

 

AFA Presidents

1947

R. E. Van Dusen

1948

V. H. Whitten

1948-49

Bruce Anthony

1950-51

Spencer Fox

1952-53

E. N. Beisel

1954-58

Waldo Tiller

1959

Mark Townsend

1960-June 62

P. M. Dacus

June 62-1963

George Clippert

1964-66

Herman Wilson

1967

T. A. "Tommy” Reynolds

1968-69

Graham Griffith

1970-71

Tom Faust

1972-73

John Elrod

1974-75

Charles Black

1976-77

John Ed Anthony

1978-79

J. C. Dellinger

1980-81

W. H. Fox

1982-83

R. V. Warner

1984-85

James Bibler

1986-87

Harold Humphries

1988-89

O. H. "Doogie” Darling

1990-91

Joe Fox

1992-93

Dave Elkin

1994-95

Allen Bedell

1996-97

John McEntire

1998-99

Steven M. Anthony

2000-01

Ron Pearce

2002-03

Peggy Clark

2004-05

Frank Wilson

2006-07

Randy Crowder

2007-09

Glenn Gray

2009-10

Miles Lacy

2011-13

Allen Morgan

2013-15

Ray Dillon

2015-17
2017-present
Pete Prutzman
David Cawein

 

AFA Executives

1947-53

Osro Cobb

1959-63

Waldo Tiller

1964-67

Art Smith

1967-77

M. F. "Dobbin” Taylor

1975-77

Bill Chestnutt

1978-80

Bill Harbour

1980-90

B. J. "Merf” Pavlovich

1990-98

Chris Barneycastle

1998-08

J. Kelly Robbins

2008-present

Max Braswell

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