Michael was appointed Executive Vice President of the 12,000 member Society of American Foresters on May 22, 2003. As the Chief Executive Officer, he leads the SAF team publishing the Journal of Forestry and The Forestry Source, is involved in outreach to local units of the organization, university accreditation, forester certification, and the annual convention of the SAF and several other continuing education programs. Michael is also involved in the organization’s forest policy work and represents the professional society before Congress, the Executive Branch, and state governments, articulating the profession’s responses to USForest Service and US Bureau of Land Management initiatives, and developing and coordinating position statements, briefing materials, Congressional testimony, and member involvement in policy development on a variety of natural resource issues. Michael has been instrumental in a number of legislative successes including authorizing stewardship contracting on the national forests, the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, and the forestry titles of numerous Farm Bills. Michael serves as a national spokesperson with the media, and he has authored or participated in a number of SAF papers including discussions of EPA’s TMDL initiative, tax reforms for forestry, wildfire, and communities and forests. He has also published scholarly articles in the Journal of Forestry.
Michael graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management and a Master of Science degree in Forest Resource Policy and Management. He has served as Chair of the External Review Panel of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Vice President of the Communities Committee, and Chair, Binational ANSI Process on Carbon and Forest Accounting Standards. Michael is a recipient of the National Association of State Foresters Award for Outstanding Service in Forest Public Policy, the Society of American Foresters’ Young Forester Leadership Award, the SAF President’s Leadership Award, and Travel Portland’s Twin Spires Award.