Who We Are

The Communities Committee was born out of the Seventh American Forest Congress held in Washington, D.C., in February of 1996. This congress, the seventh since 1882, brought together over 1400 citizens from diverse perspectives to help establish a common vision for the future of forests in the United States. Through its deliberations, the Seventh American Forest Congress significantly enhanced the legitimacy of collaborative approaches to forest management at national, regional, and local levels.

To carry forward the Congress' work, five standing committees were established: policy, management, education, research, and communities. Over 200 people volunteered to serve on the Communities Committee. Since 1996, the Communities Committee has become the most compelling and effective champion of the vision and principles of the Seventh American Forest Congress.

Rebecca Salminen-Witt
The Greening of Detroit
Detroit, MI
Sandra Jones
Community Development Consultant
St. Louis, MO
Mikki Sager
Conservation Fund
Chapel Hill, NC
Mike DeBonis
Forest Guild
Santa Fe, NM

Dennis Becker
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
Hanna Cortner
Cortner & Associates
Flagstaff, AZ
Jacob Donnay
National Association of State Foresters
Washington, DC
Gerald Gray
American Forests
Washington, DC
Marcy Lyman
Community Forest Collaborative
Manchester, NH
Melanie Hughes McDermott
Rutgers University
Highland Park, NJ
Maureen McDonough
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Laura Meins
Rome, Italy
Sterling Tipton
Ramah, MN
Director Emeritus
Carol Daly
Flathead Economic Policy Center
Columbia Falls, MT

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