The WFLC Executive Board

The WFLC Executive Board

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) operates under the leadership of an Executive Board, which represents the views and interests of the WFLC members and provides a direct link between WFLC members and staff.

Executive Board meetings are held quarterly either in person or via conference call to make decisions, set strategic direction, and discuss concerns and opportunities.

The Executive Board is made up of eight WFLC members, including the four person Council of Western State Foresters Executive Committee, two USDA Forest Service regional foresters, one Forest Service State & Private Forestry director, and one Western Forest Service Research Station director.

Council of Western State Foresters

Chair

Mike Lester

State Forester 
Colorado State Forest Service

5060 Campus Box Delivery, Building #1050
Fort Collins, CO 80523-5050
Phone: 970-491-6303
Fax: 970-491-7736
Email: mike.lester@colostate.edu 
Website: http://csfs.colostate.edu/

Chair-Elect

Jeff Whitney

State Forester
Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management

1110 West Washington Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-771-1400
Fax: 602-771-1421
Email: jeffwhitney@azsf.gov
Website: forestryandfire.az.gov

Past-Chair

Ken Pimlott

State Forester 
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

1416 9th Street, Room 1505
Sacramento, CA 94244
Phone: 916-653-7772 
Fax: 916-653-4171
Email: Ken.pimlott@fire.ca.gov 
Website: http://www.fire.ca.gov/

Secretary / Treasurer

Brian Cottam

State Forester
Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

1594 W. North Temple, Suite 3520

Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5703
801-538-5555
Fax: 801-533-4111
Email: briancottam@utah.gov
Website: www.ffsl.utah.gov 

Ex-officio member

Laura Schweitzer

Executive Director
Council of Western State Foresters / Western Forestry Leadership Coalition 

110 16th Street, Suite 603
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-893-0365 
Email: lschweitzer@westernforesters.org

USDA Forest Service

Lead Regional Forester / Co-Chair

Jim Pena

Regional Forester
Pacific Northwest Region

PO Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208
Phone: 503-808-2200
Fax: 503-808-2210
Email: jpena@fs.fed.us
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6 

Lead Regional Forester-Elect / Co-Chair-Elect

Brian Ferebee

Regional Forester
Rocky Mountain Region

740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-275-5350
Fax: 303-275-5754
Email: bferebee@fs.fed.us
Website: www.fs.fed.us/r2

Lead Western Research Station Director

John Phipps

240 West Prospect Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-498-1353
Fax: 970-498-1354
Email: jphipps@fs.fed.us 
Website: https://www.fs.fed.us/rmrs/

Lead State and Private Forestry Director

Debbie Hollen

Director, State and Private Forestry
Alaska & Pacific Northwest Regions

1220 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-808-2340
Email: dahollen@fs.fed.us
Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/r10, https://www.fs.usda.gov/r6