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Title:Forestry Development Council, Illinois
Website:Forestry Development Council
Contact Name:Paul Deizman
Contact Title:State Forester
Contact Phone:Paul.Deizman@illinois.gov
Contact Comments:
Function:The Council shall study and evaluate the forest resources and forest industry of Illinois. The Council shall: (1) determine the magnitude, nature and extent of the State's forest resources; (2) determine current uses and project future demand for forest products, services and benefits in Illinois; (3) determine and evaluate the ownership characteristics of the State's forests, the motives for forest ownership and the success of incentives necessary to stimulate development of forest resources; (4) determine the economic development and management opportunities that could result from improvements in local and regional forest product marketing and from the establishment of new or additional wood-related businesses in Illinois; (5) confer with and offer assistance to the Illinois Finance Authority relating to its implementation of forest industry assistance programs authorized by the Illinois Finance Authority Act; (6) determine the opportunities for increasing employment and economic growth through development of forest resources; (7) determine the effect of current governmental policies and regulations on the management of woodlands and the location of wood products markets; (8) determine the staffing and funding needs for forest and other conservation programs to support and enhance forest resources development; (9) determine the needs of forest education programs in this State; (10) confer with and offer assistance to the Department of Natural Resources relating to the implementation of urban forest assistance grants pursuant to the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Act; and (11) determine soil and water conservation benefits and wildlife habitat enhancement opportunities that can be promoted through approved forest management plans. The Council shall report (i) its findings and recommendations for future State action and (ii) its evaluation of Urban/Community Forestry Assistance Grants to the General Assembly no later than July 1 of each year.
Term:2 year term and may not serve more than two terms
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:(please see composition)
Compensation:Expenses incurred in the performance of their duties that are not otherwise reimbursed
Composition:The Council shall consist of 29 members appointed as follows: 4 members of the General Assembly, - 1 appointed by the President of the Senate, - 1 appointed by the Senate Minority Leader, - 1 appointed by the Speaker of the House - 1 appointed by the House Minority Leader; 1 - member appointed by the Governor to represent the Governor; the Directors of the Departments of: 1- Natural Resources, 1- Agriculture, and 1- Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 1 - the Executive Director of the Illinois Finance Authority, 1- the Director of the Office of Rural Affairs, or their designees; 1 - the chair of the Department of Forestry or a forestry academician, appointed by the Dean of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; 1- the head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or a forestry academician, appointed by the Dean of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 2 members, appointed by the Governor, who shall be private timber growers; 1 member, appointed by the president of a statewide association involved in promoting wood products, who shall be involved in primary forest industry; 1 member, appointed by the president of a statewide association involved in promoting wood products, who shall be involved in secondary forest industry; 1 member who is actively involved in environmental issues, appointed by the Governor; 1 the president of a statewide association involved in promoting soil and water conservation; 2 persons who are actively engaged in farming, appointed by the Governor; 1 member, appointed by the Governor, whose primary area of expertise is urban forestry; 1 member appointed by the president of a statewide organization of arborists; 1- the Supervisor of the Shawnee National Forest (ex-officio or their designee and 1- the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service's State Conservationist, ex-officio, or their designee; 1- the president of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois forestry; 1- the president of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois walnut trees; 1- the chair of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois tree farms; 1- the president of a statewide association of American foresters; and 1- the president of a statewide association promoting Illinois wildlife.
Chair:The Council shall select from its membership a Chairperson and such other officers as it considers necessary.
Authority:525 ILCS 15

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Bailey, Roy1/5/20181/15/2016GovernorPrivate Timber GrowerMason
Barickman, JasonRepublicanSenate Minority LeaderMemberState SenatorNone
Benson, TJStatuteMember, President of a statewide association promoting Illinois wildlifeNone
Bobsin, KurtStatuteMember, Chair of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois tree farmsNone
Cain, BrendanStatuteEx-OfficioSupervisor, Shawnee National ForestNone
Callahan, ColleenStatuteMemberDirector, IDNRNone
Costello II, JerryStatuteMemberDirector, IDOANone
Curtis, StanPresident of a statewide association involved in promoting wood productsMember, involved in primary forest industryNone
Davis, Terry1/5/20204/20/2018GovernorEngaged in FarmingAdams
Dozier, IvanStatuteMember, US Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service's State ConservationistNone
Groninger, John Dr. Dean of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University at CarbondaleMember, Department of Forestry or a forestry academicianNone
Guthrie, ErinStatuteMemberDirector, DCEONone
Holzmueller, EricDirector
Lesko, JenniferStatuteMember, President of a statewide association of American forestersNone
McMahan, MikeStatuteMember, President of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois forestryNone
Meister, ChrisStatuteMemberDirector, Illinois Finance AuthorityNone
Merrett, ChristopherStatuteMember, Illinois Institute of Rural AffairsNone
Reitz, Nathan7/29/2019OtherSpeaker of the HouseMemberState RepresentativeNone
Schooley, Robert Dean of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChair, Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or a forestry academicianNone
Scott, Lydia4/12/20204/13/2018GovernorActively Involved in Environmental IssuesLake
Stierwalt, SteveStatuteMember, President of a statewide association involved in promoting soil and water conservationNone
VACANTPresident of a statewide association involved in promoting wood productsMember, involved in secondary forest industryNone
VACANTStatuteMember, Appointed by the president of a statewide organization of arboristsNone
VACANTStatuteMember, President of a statewide association involved in promoting Illinois walnut treesNone
VACANTGovernorUrban ForestryNone
VACANTGovernorMember, Governor's RepresentativeNone
VACANTGovernorPrivate Timber GrowerNone
VACANTGovernorEngaged in FarmingNone
VACANTOtherSenate PresidentMemberState SenatorNone
Windhorst, Patrick7/25/2019OtherHouse Minority LeaderMemberState RepresentativeNone