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Arkansas State Forester Joe Fox was elected president of the National Association of State Foresters on Monday at its annual meeting.
Fox directs the Forestry Division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. He joined the division in May 2012. Before that, he was director of conservation forestry for the Arkansas Field Office of The Nature Conservancy.
“Wise forest management and safe wildland fire operations are central to our collective work and dependent on our collective capacity,” he said in a news release. “My greatest hope for this year is that we are able to build greater collaboration and communication within the forestry community. Together we can achieve so much more for our forested landscapes.”
Fox is a native Arkansan who worked as a procurement forester in a family-owned lumber business in Pine Bluff and Sheridan for more than 20 years. He is a former president of the Arkansas Forestry Association and a former chairman of the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Fox also previously served as vice president of the NASF, and he chairs its Forest Resource Management Committee. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina State University, in forestry and agricultural economics.
In addition, Fox has appointed the following NASF members to chair its foundational committees: