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USDA Appoints Nine New Members of Forestry Research Advisory Council

Ed Loyd, (202) 720-4623
Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

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SPRINGFIELD, MO, Nov. 4, 2005 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the appointments of nine new members of the Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) for three-year terms. FRAC provides advice to the Secretary on USDA forestry research programs.

Nominations were reviewed by the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and Forest Service (FS). The new members and their affiliations are as follows:

Federal and State Agencies:

  • Bov Eav, Associate Deputy Chief for Research and Development, USDA Forest Service
  • William Crasper, State Forester, Wyoming

Forestry Industry:

  • Gregory Johnson, Director of Research, Weyerhaeuser Corporation
  • Masood Akhtar, CEO, BioPulping International, Inc.
  • Catherine Mater, President, Mater Engineering, Ltd.

Forestry Schools and State Agriculture Experiment Stations:

  • Joseph McNeel, Director, Divison of Forestry, West Virginia University
  • Patricia Layton, Professor and Chair, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University

Volunteer Public Groups:

  • John Wiens, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Scott Jones, Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association

Upcoming meeting notices will appear in the Federal Register and on the CSREES and FS Web sites.

CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. For more information, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service manages 155 national forests and 20 grasslands in 42 states and Puerto Rico. In addition to offering boundless outdoor recreational opportunities, it is the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. For more information about the Forest Service, visit http://www.fs.fed.us.