Edward G. Tugwell, President
Jerry has 33 years of professional forestry experience and has practiced as a consulting forester since 1992. He is currently involved in the normal day-to-day operations of a consulting practice: field forestry duties, as well as administration of the company business affairs, marketing, new business promotion and development and client management and retention.
Jerry has been a member of ACF since 1998, has served as Southern Region Director from 2007-2010 and currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics Committee.He assisted in the Practice of Consulting Forestry Class, Ethics Portion, 2013, Keystone Colorado. Has also served on the board of directors and various committees, in the local NC Chapter of ACF.
Michael R. Wetzel, President Elect
Mike is a principal in and one-third owner of Richardson, Bell, McLeod & Wetzel, Inc., Consulting Foresters and Forestland Managers in Aiken, South Carolina.
In addition, Mike has plenty of experience as a volunteer with forestry associations including ACF: three years as the South Carolina ACF (SCACF) Chapter Secretary from 2005 - 2008 and SCACF Chapter Chairman 2010 - 2012. At the National ACF level Mike was a member of the ACF Policy Statements Task Force, 2010 and Chairman of the ACF Constitution and Bylaws Task Force, 2011 - 2013. He received the 2011 ACF President's Award for his work on these task forces. In 2002 he was Chairman of the Forest Resources Association Ad Hoc Tree Planting Task Force; he is now President of the Aiken County Forestry Association and Chairman-elect of the SC SAF Division. He served two years (2005 - 2007) as the SC SAF Division Membership Chairman.
Clifford J. Barnhart, Past President
Cliff earned his B.S. in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University in 1987 and is now a Forester and Ownership Partner at Stuntzner Engineering & Forestry, LLC, a full service forestry and engineering consulting firm entering its 44th year. Cliff started his forestry career out of college logging, and then working as a forester for Hull-Oakes Lumber Company, one of the last steam powered sawmills still running. In 1992 he came to work for Stuntzner at a time when they were expanding operations into Alaska. In 1999, Cliff opened Stuntzner’s office in Dallas. His current role at Stuntzner includes timberland appraisal assignments, overseeing the management of timberlands, and overseeing their Alaska projects.
Cliff has been a member of ACF since 1995, and has served as Western Regional Director, Oregon Chapter President, and chair of the 2005 National Conference committee hosted by the Oregon and Northwest chapters. In addition to ACF, Cliff is a member of the Western Regional Council On Forest Engineering (COFE). He has also served as an appointee representing ACF on the Private and Community Forests Program oversight committee for the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Gerald H. Grossman, Northern Region Director
Jerry Grossman is the founder and President of Grossman Forestry Company (GFCO) located in Newberry, Michigan. The company was established in 1990, and currently staffs seven foresters serving clients in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Grossman received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Michigan in 1985, a M.S, in Forestry from Michigan State University in 1988, and an MBA from Michigan State University in 1989. He is a Michigan Registered Forester and A Michigan Real Estate Associate Broker.
Grossman was appointed to the Michigan Timber Advisory Council by Governor Snyder in 2011 and continues to serve on that council. He has held numeours leadership positions including Chair - Michigan Society of American Foresters, Chair - Michigan Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee, and Trustee - Tahquamenon Area School Board of Education.
Stephen E. Fairweather, Ph.D., Western Region Director
Since 2007, Steve has served as President of Mason, Bruce & Girard, which he joined in 2000. Prior to moving to Portland, Steve worked in academia, government, and private industry in various parts of the U.S. as well as in Brazil. His experience includes time as a research forester for the USFS, an inventory forester and biometrician for various private firms and faculty in the School of Forest Resources and later Chair of the Forest Science Program at Penn State University. He has been active in the SAF at the national level, and was the first associate editor for forest inventory and biometrics for the Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.
Steve earned his B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State, his M.S. in Forestry (Remote Sensing and Forest Pathology) from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics from Penn State. Steve serves as vice-president of the Penn State Forestry Alumni Board, president of his local homeowners association and immediate past chair of the Education Committee for the ACF.
Wayne S. Pfluger, Gulf Region Director
Wayne Pfluger is the owner of Lone Star Forestry, LLC in Huntsville, Texas. The company was established in 2003 and is a small three man shop which caters to the needs of private non-industrial landowners in the Southeast Texas area. Wayne is a 1988 Texas A&M University graduate holding a B.S. in Forestry.
Wayne became a member of ACF in 2006 and served as the chair of the Texas State Chapter form 2011 to 2013. Wayne is a member of multiple other forestry associations and groups, and has served in leadership roles for the Texas Forestry Association, Prescribed Burn Managers of Texas, Texas State Tree Farm Committee, and Society of American Foresters. Wayne has been named the Texas Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector in 2008, 2012, and 2014, the 2009 Southern Region Inspecting Forester of the Year, the Outstanding Forester in the State of Texas in 2001, and the Forestry Conservationist of the Year in 2008.
Robert B. Routhier, Jr., Southern Region Director
Since 2001, Rob Routhier has served as the Executive Vice President of F&W Forestry Services, Inc., one of the nation's oldest and largest forest consulting and management firms. Rob is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day forestry operations of the company's 26 offices; managing property in 25 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia region, Northeast, and Oregon. Rob is active in efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in the South and has perfect sivilculture practices to enhance growth of the species in planted sands. He is a Registered Forester in Georgia, a licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia and South Carolina, and A Certified General Appraiser in Georgia.
Rob joined ACF in 1989. He is an active member of the Georgia ACF Chapter, having served as Treasurer since 1994. He is the 2015-2016 Georgia Chapter Chairman and was previously the Secretary of the National ACF Executive Committee in 2015 and 2016. Rob is also affiliated with the Society of American Foresters, Georgia Forestry Association, Georgia Forestry Commission Forestry Consultant Task Force, The Longleaf Alliance, The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany.
Rick N. Barnes, Treasurer
Rick Barnes has been a practicing forester since 1978, venturing out into business for himself in 1992. With Rick's management, the business has grown and evolved from a one-person operation into Barnes & Associates as it is today. Rick received his Bachelors Degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University where he graduated with honors. He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon State College.
Rick has recently participated on multi-disciplinary forest certification teams to certify that forestlands are being managed according to the standards and guidelines of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. He is trained to certify family-owned tree farms under the standards of the American Tree Farm System. Rick is a Certified Forester by the Society of American Foresters, and is a member of several local Oregon forestry associations.
Michael D. Warner, Secretary
Mike Warner is the owner of ArborTerra Consulting, Inc. in Lizton, IN. Mike grew up on a farm in northern Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with a degree in forest management. After graduation, he began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist and forester in several locations in southern Indiana. After 13 years of government service, Mike started ArborTerra Consulting where he is able to focus on what he loves to do: "To help people better understand the natural environment in which we live ans assist them in effectively managing the resources they have under their ownership and control."
Mike has served on the board of directors for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and for the Indiana Nurserymen's Association. He currently is on the board of directors for the Indiana Woodland Steward Institute, and is the chairman of the Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development's forestry committee and president of the Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters.