The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Science and Health Committee welcome new committee contractor Robert (Bob) Simpson.
In addition to his contract position with NASF's committee, Simpson is President and CEO of GreenWoodGlobal Consulting, Ltd. His firm specializes in working with forest products companies, natural resource agencies and natural resource NGOs, helping them meet their strategic directives involving forest sustainability, with focus on family forest owners, cooperatives and communities owning and managing forest land.
Prior to founding GreenWoodGlobal Consulting, Simpson spent 17 years with NASF partner the American Forest Foundation. As AFF’s Senior Vice President, Simpson was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for AFF’s forestry programs such as the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) as well as developing the ATFS standard and keeping it compliant with PEFC endorsement.
While at AFF Simpson grew ATFS to nearly 90,000 certified properties. In 2009 ATFS was endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as a full 3rd party certification system. His clients have included the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, UK Department of Environment and Climate Change, the Forest Guild, Environmental Defense Fund and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Simpson has served on multiple Boards including the PEFC Board of Directors and is co-founder of the International Family Forestry Alliance. He has guest lectured at the University of Geneva, Yale School of Forestry and keynoted the John Gray Distinguished Lecture Series at Florida State University.
The committee is chaired by Chris Martin, CT State Forester, and State Forester members are Mike Valenti (DE). Rob Davies (NY), Bruce Payton (RI), Mike Leser (CO), Mary Taufete'e (AS), Lisa Hadway (HI), Scott Bissette (NC), Louis Petersen (US Virgin Islands), and Wade Dubea (LA).