Tom Martin will serve as the National Council of Forestry Association Executives President for Calendar Year 2017. Tom Martin is President and CEO of the American Forest Foundation.  Formerly, he served as the Executive Vice President of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA, the citizens advocacy group for a superlative National Park system).  He also served as President and Member of the Board of Directors of Earth Force, Inc., the nation’s largest young people’s environmental and citizenship education and action group. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Audubon Society.

Tom was Deputy Director of Policy, Budget and Administration, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  As the Founding Director, Michigan Offices of the Great Lakes and Water Resources, State Water Administrator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, he acted as chief advocate on these issues for Michigan before Congress, international and regional bodies.

Tom was a member of the Northland College Board of Trustees. He has served as Board Chair of the Natural Resources Council of America; Chair and Founding Member of the Great Lakes Protection Fund, a $100M public endowment to fund Great Lakes research and demonstration projects; Chair of the Great Lakes Commission, an 8‑state, regional government organization; as a member of the Governor’s Commission on a Sustainable South Florida; and as Vice President of the Council of Great Lakes Governors.

He is a third generation tree farmer with 200 acres of mixed hardwoods in northern WI that he manages with his sister.

Tom holds a B.S. from The American University, Washington DC, a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law, and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1979.

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