ABOUT

 
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Keeping Forests as Forest (KFAF) was created as a broad regional initiative with a focus on maintaining the long-term economic and ecological viability of southern forests. KFAF is supported by a diverse coalition of both private and public stakeholders ranging from human health professionals to traditional forest product manufactures and conservationists. This uniquely diverse partnership has coalesced around a common appreciation for the ecological, economic and social importance of our southern forests – and the need to develop new and innovative approaches to its long-term stewardship. 

 

OUR TEAM

SCOTT DAVIS, PROJECT COORDINATOR   Scott Davis is the project coordinator for Keeping Forests as Forests, a 13-state southern forest conservation initiative. Davis spent more than a decade living and working in Belize, Ecuador, Indonesia and the Bahamas on a variety of fishery, aquaculture and coastal management projects. After that, he worked for The Nature Conservancy for nearly 25 years in various roles before accepting his position with Keeping Forests as Forests in 2017.   scott.davis@keepingforests.org

SCOTT DAVIS, PROJECT COORDINATOR

Scott Davis is the project coordinator for Keeping Forests as Forests, a 13-state southern forest conservation initiative. Davis spent more than a decade living and working in Belize, Ecuador, Indonesia and the Bahamas on a variety of fishery, aquaculture and coastal management projects. After that, he worked for The Nature Conservancy for nearly 25 years in various roles before accepting his position with Keeping Forests as Forests in 2017.

scott.davis@keepingforests.org

RITA HITE, POLICY CHAIR   Rita Hite serves as Keeping Forests as Forests Policy Chair. She is the Executive Vice President of the American Forest Foundation’s Woodlands and Policy programs. She is responsible for the development implementation of overall strategy while integrating the work of conservation, sustainable forestry, policy, and communications departments. Continue to oversee all government relations, lobbying, coalition, grassroots and public affairs activities.   rhite@forestfoundation.org

RITA HITE, POLICY CHAIR

Rita Hite serves as Keeping Forests as Forests Policy Chair. She is the Executive Vice President of the American Forest Foundation’s Woodlands and Policy programs. She is responsible for the development implementation of overall strategy while integrating the work of conservation, sustainable forestry, policy, and communications departments. Continue to oversee all government relations, lobbying, coalition, grassroots and public affairs activities.

rhite@forestfoundation.org

WIB OWEN, MARKETS CHAIR   Wib Owen serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Markets Chair. He is the Executive Director of the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF). His work supports state forestry agencies in providing leadership to sustain the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the South's forests.    wib.owen@southernforests.org

WIB OWEN, MARKETS CHAIR

Wib Owen serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Markets Chair. He is the Executive Director of the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF). His work supports state forestry agencies in providing leadership to sustain the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the South's forests.

wib.owen@southernforests.org

 
JENNIE STEPHENS, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR   Jennie Stephens serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Communications Chair. She is the Executive Director for the Centers for Heirs Property in Charleston, SC. She leads community and economic development in the Black Belt by protecting heirs’ property and promoting its sustainable use to provide economic benefit to family owners through education and legal services.   jstephens@heirsproperty.org

JENNIE STEPHENS, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR

Jennie Stephens serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Communications Chair. She is the Executive Director for the Centers for Heirs Property in Charleston, SC. She leads community and economic development in the Black Belt by protecting heirs’ property and promoting its sustainable use to provide economic benefit to family owners through education and legal services.

jstephens@heirsproperty.org

PAUL TRIANOSKY, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS CHAIR   Paul Trianosky serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Public-Private Partnerships Chair. He is the Chief Conservation Officer with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). He is the principal liaison with conservation organizations and leads collaborative efforts to conserve forested landscapes. He works to build partnerships and grow the network of conservation organizations involved in the SFI Program.   paul.trianosky@sfiprogram.org

PAUL TRIANOSKY, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS CHAIR

Paul Trianosky serves as the Keeping Forests as Forests Public-Private Partnerships Chair. He is the Chief Conservation Officer with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). He is the principal liaison with conservation organizations and leads collaborative efforts to conserve forested landscapes. He works to build partnerships and grow the network of conservation organizations involved in the SFI Program.

paul.trianosky@sfiprogram.org

TREVOR CUTSINGER, PLANNING CHAIR   Trevor Cutsinger servers as the Keeping Forests as Forests Planning Chair. He is  the Business Manager for The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund. He oversees the financial and business functions of the Fund’s growing portfolio of working timberland across the United States. Trevor also supports the Working Forest Fund’s forest operations, real estate acquisitions, dispositions and fundraising.     tcutsinger@conservationfund.org

TREVOR CUTSINGER, PLANNING CHAIR

Trevor Cutsinger servers as the Keeping Forests as Forests Planning Chair. He is the Business Manager for The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund. He oversees the financial and business functions of the Fund’s growing portfolio of working timberland across the United States. Trevor also supports the Working Forest Fund’s forest operations, real estate acquisitions, dispositions and fundraising.  

tcutsinger@conservationfund.org