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ATFS Standards of Sustainability Review

ISRP Members

Independent Standards Review Panel (ISRP)

The Independent Standards Review Panel (ISRP) is convened by the American Forest Foundation (AFF) Board of Trustees for the purposes of reviewing the American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability and making recommendations for appropriate modification or improvement, based on public feedback collected during two public review periods.

The ISRP is comprised of a representative cross-section of forestry community leaders with a stake in the ATFS Certification Program or a sincere interest in forest sustainability on small private forest ownerships in the US. Serving by invitation of AFF’s Board of Trustees, the ISRP includes representatives from academia, the conservation community, the forest industry, landowners, foresters, loggers, buyers and public forest agencies. The work of the ISRP is guided by AFF’s Standard Setting Procedures and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) requirements for standard setting of endorsed programs. 

For information about opportunities to participate in this process, contact Sarah Crow, Director of Certification at 202.765.3440 or

ISRP Member Roles

Members of the ISRP also represent their respective organization and stakeholder groups and engage in consensus based decision-making processes. The ISRP members receive comments and views of interested parties, including disadvantaged stakeholders or those unable to participate in the standard setting process due to their own or AFF’s resource limitations, elevating those views to ISRP discussions. 

Carmen Austin

Carmen Austin serves as the District Forester on the Las Vegas District with the Forestry Division. Her key accomplishments include planning and implementation efforts for NM’s first governmental biomass-to-energy conversion facility, and assisting with the creation of the NM Forest Industry Association and the NM Forest Workers’ Safety Certification Program. Carmen is responsible for developing productive relationships with local municipalities, private landowners and various land management agencies and organizations. Her primary goals are to work with local cooperators in order to help improve forest and watershed health and to encourage the successful growth of businesses that depend on forest resources. Carmen’s past experience working with various forestry entities has given her a broad foundation and unique background for her current position. Carmen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, and had pursued her graduate studies at the University of Montana.

Clint Bentz

Mr. Bentz is a partner with Boldt, Carlisle & Smith LLC, a full service CPA firm with offices in Salem, Stayton, and Albany, Oregon. He specializes in estate and succession planning for family business owners. He is also the managing member of Blue Den Ranch, LLC, and a second-generation family forest operation in Scio, Oregon. Clint and his family were recognized as the 2002 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. He is also a past chair of the American Forest Foundation Board.  He lives in the Stayton, Oregon area.

Amadou Diop

Amadou is passionate about sustainable forestry, especially projects that make land in general and particularly forestland and its products, more valuable and productive. Currently, Amadou serves as the Outreach Liaison for USDA-Forest Service. Amadou’s position is located in the Cooperative Forestry Unit of the Deputy Regional Forester for State and Private Forestry in the Southern Region office in Atlanta, GA. Amadou duties include performing natural resource program coordination and liaison functions, as well as providing region-wide technical assistance and resources for forestry issues related to outreach to limited resource and historically underserved communities and individuals. Amadou previously worked for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as the Senior Forestry Program Manager, where he was responsible for leading NWF’s longleaf pine and southern forest restoration program. Before joining NWF, Amadou was the Forestry Program Director for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. Amadou studied in Tunisia, North Africa where he obtained a B.S. in agricultural sciences and M.S. in animal sciences and then at Tuskegee University in Alabama where he obtained a M.S. in agricultural and resource economics. Amadou is a native of West Africa.

John Godbee

John F. Godbee, Jr. (M.S., University of Georgia, Forestry; B.S., University of Georgia, Forest Entomology) is manager of F&W's Forest Certification and Environmental Compliance Group. Godbee helps clients through the process of certification for programs such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the American Tree Farm System, and the Forest Stewardship Council. Along with his work providing silvicultural expertise and policy support for clients, he also provides technical support for F&W's South American operations. Godbee serves on the executive committee of the Georgia Forestry Association and is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and Rotary International.

Barry Graden

Barry Graden is the Director, Southeast U.S. Community Outreach for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program. He oversees the SFI Forest Partners Program aimed at growing SFI certification among medium sized landowners and mills, and supports the SFI program’s community. Before joining SFI, Graden accumulated over three decades of experience working in the forest products industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Iowa State University and an MBA from Winthrop University.

Mark Heyde

Mark Heyde was appointed as the WI DNR Sustainable Forestry Certification Coordinator in June 2012. He is responsible for managing the certificate for the MFL Tree Farm group with about 45,000 tree farms totaling over 2.4 million acres. He also manages certificates for public land under the FSC and SFI certification schemes. He previously held positions with DNR forestry as the Private and Community Forestry Section Chief, Planning and Analysis Section Chief, and the Program Support Section Chief. From 1986 to 2001 he was the Marathon County Forest Administrator and prior to that a DNR field forester. Mark’s previous involvement in forest certification includes representing the Wisconsin County Forest Association on the team that developed the original FSC Lake States Standard. He also was a member of an audit team for the initial assessment of the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation for FSC certification. Mark is active in several professional and community organizations. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mark graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1980 with a BS in Forest Management and minor in Soil Science. He now lives in Verona, Wisconsin with his family. 

Nicole Hill

Nicole Hill has been a conservation professional for over 13 years, working for non-profits and private landowners to conserve and restore lands across the country. As a resident and recently elected city council member in Tumwater, Washington, Nicole works with community leaders across south Puget Sound to grow great communities and conserve some of North America’s most productive and majestic forest lands. Nicole is currently the Conservation Projects Director for the Nisqually Land Trust and manages a conservation consulting business with clients in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. She is a native Midwesterner and has a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University in Indiana. Nicole did her graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Clemson University in South Carolina. 

Bryan Hulka

Bryan Hulka has been the Southern Timberlands Environmental Management System Manager for the Weyehaeuser Company since 2008. Before that he was an Environmental Manager for eight years for the same company so he has ample experience in the fields of forest certification and management. He has a Masters in Forestry from North Carolina State and a career of experience managing forest land in the North Carolina region.

Jessica Leahy

Jessica Leahy is an Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine.  She is also the Family Forest Program Leader in UMaine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests. She has an Honors B.S. degree in Forest Recreation Resources from Oregon State University, an M.S. degree in Forest Resources from Oregon State University with a minor in environmental and resource economics, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota in the economics, policy, society and management track. Her research is broadly defined as applied social science that aims to identify innovative solutions to forest resource issues that involve human dimensions. She focuses on environmental attitudes and behaviors towards forests, forestry, and other natural resource management topics using social psychology and communication theories. Her research program encompasses landowner decision-making processes; the role of social capital and trust in natural resources management; and influence of media and educational campaigns on attitudes and behavior. Jessica teaches Environmental Communication Skills (SFR222), Environmental Education & Interpretation (SFR452), and Environment & Society (SFR220).

Tony Lyons

Tony Lyons is the Director of Fiber Supply and Public Policy for Rumford Paper Company, a subsidiary of NewPage Corporation. Rumford Paper Company operates a fully integrated pulp and paper mill in Rumford, Maine.  He has worked at the Rumford mill for 32 years in a variety of roles and presently is responsible for all wood, chip and biomass fuel procurement, chip processing, external mill communications and Maine public policy activities. Tony is a 1977 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Engineering. Tony has extensive experience in commercial forestland management, wood and chip procurement, wood supply strategy and mill operations. Tony has been an active participant in forest certification since the early 1990’s, leading organizations in achieving 3rd party certification to the SFI land management and wood sourcing standard, SFI and FSC Chain of Custody standard and developing a landowner forest management assistance program to Group Certification under the American Tree Farm standard.

Will McDow

Will McDow leads EDF’s effort on biomass energy to address the multiple land, water and wildlife issues associated with increased land-based energy production. Will’s work focuses on policies and practices to address the carbon accounting of bioenergy systems and the development of models of sustainable biomass management. Will works with national, regional and state stakeholders to improve land management, enhance biodiversity and protect water quality on private forest and farm lands. Will has spent 10 years specializing in economic incentives and rural land management, with an emphasis on energy markets, Farm Bill programs and tax policy.  He led EDF's multi-year effort to pass legislation in North Carolina that gives property tax relief to landowners who undertake conservation activities on their property. 

Alton Perry

Alton Perry is a Forest Management-Land Retention Consultant at The Roanoke Center. He is also a retired Forest Technician from the NC Forest Service. He has experience with the technical implementation of forest practices and has served for 24 years in the field working with forest landowners, farmers, and the public on programs and services provided by the NC Forest Service. This work involved on the ground development of forest management plans, addressing reforestation, timber stand improvements, timber sales, prescribed burning, and more.  During the last 6 years of his career with the NC Forest Service he served as the Outreach Coordinator for the agency. In this role he provided outreach statewide to forest landowners, farmers, and the public on services, programs, and the importance of forestry in North Carolina. His focus in this position was to reach minority forest landowners and inform them (and guide them through the process) of the programs and services available to them in forestry by the different natural resource agencies. 

Steve Sinclair, ISRP Chair

Steven Sinclair is the Director of Forests for Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. In his thirty-eight year tenure with the department, he has been a county forester, state lands manager, forest planner, and the program manager for urban and community forestry. He has served as Director/State Forester since 2002. Steve graduated with a BS in Forestry from the University of Vermont and the Vermont Certified Public Manager Program. He has served as the Chair of the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters and the recipient of the National Association of State Foresters Association Burney Fischer Urban Forestry Leadership Award. He currently represents the northeastern area on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee. 

William Street

William Street is chair of the PEFC Board of Directors and the Director of Woodworkers Department of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, one of the largest industrial trade unions in North America. His experience includes: Director of Research and Education of the International Woodworkers of America, US, the largest US labor union representing forest and mill workers; Director of the Global Wood and Forestry Program for the International Federation of Builders and Woodworkers (now Builders and Woodworkers International), a global trade union federation. In addition to his work in industrialized countries, Mr. Street has directed forestry projects in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, India, China, and Malaysia. He holds a Master of Science in Politics & Government from the University of Oregon and has written on poverty reduction and sustainable forestry.