October 7, 2008
National Association of State Foresters Elects New Officers at 2008 Annual Meeting
The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) elected Leah W. MacSwords, State Forester of Kentucky, as its new president at the association's 86th annual meeting last week in Hyannis, MA. MacSwords is the first woman to serve as the president of NASF and is also the first Kentucky State Forester to lead the organization.
Ms. MacSwords is the director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry in the state's Department for Natural Resources, the state agency responsible for forestry, mining, conservation, and natural areas programs. Ms. MacSwords is the first woman director in the division's 96-year history. She joined the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet (now the Energy and Environment Cabinet) in 1985 where her primary responsibilities were in the area of environmental protection. In 1997, her responsibilities shifted to natural resources when she was appointed the deputy commissioner. In June 2001, she became the director and state forester.
NASF also elected Steven Koehn, State Forester of Maryland, as the association's new vice president and Jeff Jahnke, State Forester of Colorado, as its new treasurer. Each will serve a twelve-month term.
Ms. MacSwords has previously served as NASF's vice president and treasurer, has served as the chair of the Southern Group of State Foresters and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.
The National Association of State Foresters represents the directors of forestry agencies from the fifty states, eight U.S. territories and associated states, and the District of Columbia.
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SOURCE: National Association of State Foresters