Bill Greenwood, the former Town Manager for Eagar, was recently hired as the new Executive Director for Northern Arizona Wood Products Association. Greenwood, who has been the town manager since 1991, began his new role with NAWPA on March 1. “I enjoyed my position as Town Manager for Eagar these last 20 years, but I feel that my experience and knowledge with forestry and wood products would help benefit our wood industry in White Mountains,” says Greenwood. “ The wood industry is vital to the economic growth here in Northern Arizona and I want to make sure the businesses who employ a significant number of our community receive the support needed to continue to develop wood products and contribute to the overall economic growth of our area.” A father of 5 children, Greenwood is an avid cabinet builder, and his craftsmanship as a carpenter is well known in Northeastern Arizona. Greenwood, who has been a NAWPA board member since its inception, replaces Molly Pitts as Executive Director, who recently left the position to move to Colorado with her husband, Jim Pitts, and their two boys. Pitts will continue to assist Greenwood for the next few months in order to help make a smooth transition for the association. NAWPA also recently appointed Dwayne Walker, Future Forest Partner and part owner of WB Contracting, as the association’s President. “Dwayne was a natural fit for NAWPA as a leader in forest restoration here in the White Mountains with his company’s work on the White Mountain Stewardship Contract,” says Pitts. Dwayne partnered with Rob Davis, owner of Forest Energy Corporation in 2004 to establish Future Forest, LLC who manages the WMSC. NAWPA also welcomes Gary Moore, Operations Director at Forest Energy as their newest board member.
The SmallWood 2012 conference is being held May 1-3, 2012, in Flagstaff, Arizona. This year’s conference is about finding technical and economical solutions to the everyday challenges to woody biomass operations. Wildfires and bug-killed forests are generating enormous quantities of woody biomass from hazardous fuel reduction activities and from salvage operations. These issues are driving the need to create solutions for using low-value and waste wood.