NCFA, the state's oldest conservation organization, was established in
1911. Today it is a private, nonprofit partnership of over 4,000 forest managers, landowners, mill operators, loggers, furniture
manufacturers, educators and others concerned about the long-term health
and productivity of the state's forest resources and the industries they
Mission Statement: The North Carolina Forestry Association actively promotes healthy, productive forests by supporting the efforts of landowners and forestry-related businesses and organizations who responsibly manage or use forests.
The NCFA seeks to serve its membership through four major programs - Legislative Affairs, Training for Forestry Professionals, Education and Communications.
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Executive Vice President
Bob Schaefer was named the NCFA’s Executive Vice President of the NCFA in 2013. Schaefer directs the NCFA staff and serves as the lead lobbyist for the association. Schaefer, a past NCFA President, had been working with the association as a contract employee through the Sentinel Forest Project. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in Forestry, Schaefer has over 25 years in the forest products industry with Weyerhaeuser Company and Willamette Industries. Schaefer served as a Regional Wood Procurement Managerfor both Weyerhaeuser and Willamette. In addition to his years on the NCFA's Executive Committee, Schaefer has been active on several NCFA committees,including the Public Affairs and Annual Meeting committees. He also has been strong supporter of the Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee, serving onits board of directors since its inception. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Assistant Executive Vice President
Jack Swanner was named the NCFA's Interim Executive Vice President in October of 2012 with the passing of long-term leader, Bob Slocum. Swanner joined the association in July of 2011 as the Director of Logging and Transportation. Swanner came to the NCFA after serving as the forestry advisor with the Biofuels Center located in Oxford, NC. With the Biofuels Center, Swanner served on several outreach committees, exploring and detailing biomass, biofuels and future markets emerging through technology.
Prior to joining the Biofuels Center, Swanner served as general manager at T&S Hardwoods, overseeing wood procurement, production and sales. He has also worked with Georgia Pacific in wood procurement in Warm Springs, Georgia. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering, Swanner has developed, trained, and operated cable harvesting crews in western North Carolina.
Swanner is a registered forester. Has also served as president of the Southern Timber Purchaser Council, as president of the Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council, and served as a board member on the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association.
Harper joined the NCFA in 2004 and is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of the NCFA, the NCFA’s hunting lease
insurance program, and member services. She
also is the point person for all board meetings, the NCFA's Annual Meeting
and Forestry Day in the Legislature.
Director of Communications
Brown joined NCFA as the director of
communications in 2000. Brown is responsible for
all media relations for the NCFA, including the promotion of National
Forest Products Week through the NCFA’s Goods from the Woods campaign.
He coordinates the production of all publications such as the monthly
newsletter, the Treeline, a weekly e-mail newsletter, and the
NCFA’s website. He also submits articles for publication in other trade
magazines. He produced the NCFA’s video, “Forestry: Keeping North Carolina Green and Growing” in 2002. Brown joined the NCFA after spending six years as the public
relations director for the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes.
Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Brown was a sports information director
at Trinity College (CT) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He
earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Trinity.