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Charleston, WV

Once a frontier town and home to Daniel Boone, today Charleston is the historic, sophisticated capital of West Virginia and home to a variety of cultural and recreational attractions.

The State Capitol, with its 23-karat gold dome, is truly a sight to see. Most of the city's major landmarks are located right around the Capitol, making it easy to see everything.

Shopping, interesting attractions and plenty of outdoor fun make Charleston an ideal getaway.

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Charleston, WV

Getting Here

Located within two-thirds of the U.S. population at the confluence of three interstates (64, 77, 79) and served by Yeager Airport, named for the pilot who first broke the sound barrier (Chuck Yeager), this laid-back region offers a much needed respite from the hectic pace of big city life. Amtrak’s Cardinal also provides easy access from travelers from Chicago to Washington, DC.

Yeager Airport
Getting Here

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Ann BartuskaSenior Advisor, Resources for the Future

Ann M. Bartuska is a senior advisor at RFF. In this capacity, Dr. Bartuska is focusing her efforts on natural resources and forestry, especially a consideration of natural climate solutions through forests and agricultural lands. She also will be doing outreach in support of the valuation of information (VALUABLES) obtained through satellite imagery. Dr. Bartuska joined RFF in 2017 after serving as the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics as well as chief scientist. Prior to USDA, Dr. Bartuska held a host of leadership positions, including Deputy Chief for Research and Development of the US Forest Service. She also has served in several appointments, including to the advisory board of the National Science Foundation and as executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Invasive Species Initiative and president of the Ecological Society of America.

Ann Bartuska photo
Dr. Ann BartuskaSenior Advisor, Resources for the Future

Ann M. Bartuska is a senior advisor at RFF. In this capacity, Dr. Bartuska is focusing her efforts on natural resources and forestry, especially a consideration of natural climate solutions through forests and agricultural lands. She also will be doing outreach in support of the valuation of information (VALUABLES) obtained through satellite imagery. Dr. Bartuska joined RFF in 2017 after serving as the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics as well as chief scientist. Prior to USDA, Dr. Bartuska held a host of leadership positions, including Deputy Chief for Research and Development of the US Forest Service. She also has served in several appointments, including to the advisory board of the National Science Foundation and as executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Invasive Species Initiative and president of the Ecological Society of America.

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Mr. Tom InmanExec. Director, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc

Tom Inman is president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI), a regional trade association headquartered in High Point, North Carolina. The group promotes the hardwood lumber and related products from the Appalachian forest to consumers around the world and has more than 200 member companies.

Inman joined AHMI in 1994 and was named president in 2006. He developed AHMI’s successful Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable and Verified Legal promotions and has administered the New Oak Partnership, The Appalachian Height of Beauty and Appalachian Standard campaigns. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hardwood Export Council and the North Carolina Forestry Association.

Inman is a native of southwest Virginia and spent 14 years in broadcasting and print journalism before joining the association.

Mr. Tom InmanExec. Director, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc

Tom Inman is president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI), a regional trade association headquartered in High Point, North Carolina. The group promotes the hardwood lumber and related products from the Appalachian forest to consumers around the world and has more than 200 member companies.

Inman joined AHMI in 1994 and was named president in 2006. He developed AHMI’s successful Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable and Verified Legal promotions and has administered the New Oak Partnership, The Appalachian Height of Beauty and Appalachian Standard campaigns. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hardwood Export Council and the North Carolina Forestry Association.

Inman is a native of southwest Virginia and spent 14 years in broadcasting and print journalism before joining the association.

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Organizing Committee

Jamie Schuler
Jamie SchulerJamie.Schuler@mail.wvu.edu

West Virginia Unviersity
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

Mary Beth Adams
Mary Beth Adamsmary.b.adams@usda.gov

USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station

Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy
Melissa Thomas-Van Gundymelissa.a.thomas-van.gundy@usda.gov

USDA Forest Service
Northern Research Station

Shawn Gruschecky
Shawn GruscheckyShawn.Grushecky@mail.wvu.edu

West Virginia University
Energy Land Management Program

Joseph McNeel
Joseph McNeeljmcneel@wvu.edu

West Virginia University
Appalachian Hardwood Center

Ben Spong
Ben Spongben.spong@mail.wvu.edu

West Virginia University
Appalachian Hardwood Center

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