OFRI board elects new chairman
PORTLAND, Ore. – Powers Ranch Co. President Quincy Powers is set to be the new chairman of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board of directors.
Powers, whose company manages a third-generation cattle ranch and tree farm in Coos and Curry counties, will replace outgoing chairman David Furtwangler at the July 12 board meeting in Eugene. Furtwangler, president of Sweet Home-based Cascade Timber Consulting Inc., will continue to serve as a board member.
The board unanimously voted in April for Powers to become the new chairman. He previously served as the board’s vice chairman. Board members also approved appointing Tyler Freres as the new vice chairman. Freres is the vice president of Lyons-based Freres Lumber Co.
OFRI’s 13-member board includes representatives of forest products producers of varying size that pay harvest taxes to support OFRI’s programs. The board also contains one member representing small woodland owners and one representing forest-sector employees.
Two other members serve ex officio: the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, and a public representative appointed jointly by the president of the Oregon Senate and the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.
About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. A 13-member board of directors governs OFRI. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.