State for­est group con­nects in D.C.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - FRANK E. LOCK­WOOD

WASH­ING­TON — For­est Landown­ers As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­bers from Arkansas were able to dis­play their Capi­tol Hill con­nec­tions last week when they met for the group’s an­nual win­ter board meet­ing.

Two mem­bers of the Arkansas con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion ad­dressed the gath­er­ing dur­ing a lunch in the Rus­sell Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing, ac­cord­ing to board mem­ber Pete Prutz­man of Arkadel­phia.

“It makes us as Arkansans look good to our peers on this na­tion­wide board when Sen. [John] Booz­man and Rep. [Bruce] Wester­man [at­tend],” he said. “We’ve in­vited them. They’ve al­ways shown up.”

Wester­man, a Univer­sity of Arkansas alum­nus and Hot Springs res­i­dent, has a grad­u­ate de­gree in forestry from Yale Univer­sity.

“Most of us on the board [from Arkansas] are in Wester­man’s dis­trict and know him per­son­ally,” Prutz­man said.

U.S. Sen. David Per­due, R-Ga., also showed up.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s board in­cludes five Arkansans; four of them at­tended. Mem­bers from 11 states were on hand.

David Brazeale of Spark­man, Greg Hay of Con­way and Mary Clapp of El Do­rado were the other Arkansas board mem­bers on hand. Clapp’s son, Eric, made the trip as well, Prutz­man said.

The For­est Landown­ers As­so­ci­a­tion de­scribes it­self as the “only na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the eco­nomic in­ter­ests of fam­ily for­est landown­ers and their unique nat­u­ral re­sources as­sets.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has roughly 3,000 mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to Prutz­man, a reg­is­tered forester who also serves as pres­i­dent of King­wood Forestry in Arkadel­phia.

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