Two new directors named to OFRI board
Anne Hanschu, of Forest Grove, and Ron Stuntzner, of Coos Bay, both of whom also own family tree farms and volunteer their time to educate students about forestry, are the two newest members of the board of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
The new directors are Anne Hanschu, of Forest Grove, and Ron Stuntzner, of Coos Bay. They were appointed by Oregon State Forester Marvin Brown for terms beginning Jan. 1 and expiring in three years. They will replace Steve Woodard, owner of Woodard Forests, and Carol Whipple, of the Rocking C Ranch, respectively, both of whose terms expire in January.
In addition to the new appointments, Brown reappointed Gary Springer, of Starker Forests, and Greg Miller, of the Weyerhaeuser Company, for second terms.
OFRI’s board comprises 11 members appointed by the state forester. Additionally, two ex-officio members include the dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry and a public member appointed jointly by the president of the Oregon Senate and the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.
Oregon law stipulates that each of three producer classes be represented by three board members. The classes are categorized by timber harvest volume into small, medium and large producers. The other two forester-appointed members include one member to represent small woodland owners and one representative of forest industry employees.
Hanschu fills the position on the board held by Woodard and reserved for small woodland owners. Stuntzner is taking Whipple’s place as one of the three Class 1 representatives, defined by rule as those paying the harvest tax on 20 million board feet or less per year.
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1991 to improve public understanding of the state’s forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on forest products producers.
Little Beaver Creek Tree Farm Inc.
A teacher by profession, Anne Hanschu has worked for nearly two decades to create a thriving tree farm that is also an educational venue for conservation and forestry that is visited by educational tours and visitors from around the world. In 2000, she and her husband, Richard, were named Western Regional Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System. Their 494 acres of tree farm properties are located near Banks.
Stuntzner Engineering & Forestry LLC
In 1968, Ron Stuntzner opened a forestry and engineering consulting business that has grown to four offices - in Coos Bay, Forest Grove, Dallas and Brookings. He owns and manages a family tree farm and has been active with educational advisory groups for OSU’s College of Forestry. He has organized a group of foresters, engineers and land surveyors on the south coast to present educational and career opportunities in these professions to high schools students from Coos, Curry and coastal Douglas counties.