About Us

The NCFA, the state’s oldest forest conservation organization, was established in 1911. Today it is a private, non-profit partnership of approximately 4,000 forest managers, landowners, mill operators, loggers, furniture manufacturers, educators, and others concerned about the long-term health and productivity of the state’s forest resources and the industries they support.

Mission Statement: The North Carolina Forestry Association actively promotes healthy, productive forests by supporting the efforts of landowners and forestry-related businesses and organizations who responsibly manage or use forests.

The NCFA seeks to serve its membership through four major programs – Legislative Affairs, Training for Forestry Professionals, Education, and Communications.


John Hatcher, Executive Vice President
(800) 231-7723 ext. 5 / Cell: (803) 640-9125
John Hatcher, a Certified Forester, was named the NCFA’s Executive Vice President in June of 2018. He leads the association’s advocacy efforts with the North Carolina General Assembly as well as interacting with federal and state regulatory agencies on issues that impact forestry, the forest products industry and private property rights.  Prior to joining the NCFA, Hatcher spent three years with Compass South, Inc. in Walterboro, South Carolina as a Forest Economist. He was involved in all facets of timberland and agricultural land evaluations and appraisals. Hatcher holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Forestry Resources, Master of Science in Applied Economics and Statistics, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Fisheries Biology from Clemson University. During his time at Clemson, Hatcher also served on the faculty as an instructor, graduate research assistant, and graduate teaching assistant. He produced several publications examining different elements of forestland ownership, productivity, and sustainability. Hatcher, an active member of the Society of American Foresters, began his forestry career working with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.  Click here for a complete resume.
Jack Swanner, Membership Liaison & ProLogger Coordinator
Cell:  (828) 421-8444
E-mail: jswanner@ncforestry.org
Swanner rejoined the NCFA staff in 2017 as the association’s Membership Liaison and Prologger Coordinator. He returned to the NCFA after serving as the Executive Director at the Carolina Loggers Association. Before his tenure at CLA Swanner, served as the forestry advisor with the Biofuels Center. Prior to joining the Biofuels Center, Swanner was the general manager at T&S Hardwoods, overseeing wood procurement, production, and sales. Jack has also worked with Georgia-Pacific in wood procurement. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering; Swanner has developed, trained, and operated cable harvesting crews in western North Carolina. In addition to being a registered forester, Jack has also served as president of the Southern Timber Purchaser Council, president of the Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council, and as a board member on the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association.
Ann Harper, Business Manager
(800) 231-7723 ext. 1
E-mail: aharper@ncforestry.org
Ann Harper joined the NCFA in 2004 and is an invaluable member of the NCFA’s staff. In her role as business manager, Harper coordinates the day-to-day operations of the association while maintaining the association’s membership services. One of those membership programs is the NCFA’s Hunting Lease Liability Insurance program, which typically includes close to 800 hunt clubs and corresponding landowners. Harper is also the point person for the NCFA’s most important membership events, Forestry Day in the Legislature and the Annual Meeting.
Amy Juliana, Education Programs Manager
(800) 231-7723 ext. 2 
Amy Juliana became the NCFA’s Education Programs Manager in March of 2017. Juliana directs the NCFA’s education initiatives, including the successful Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience and the Forestry & Environmental Camps. Juliana is a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator, a Project Learning Tree Facilitator, and a Project Wet Facilitator. Juliana joined the NCFA after spending five years leading the natural history public education programs for two Wake County Public Parks. Juliana graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Science, and from North Carolina State University with a Master of Natural Resources. Amy has been an informal science educator for over ten years and has led public programs on a wide range of topics pertaining to North Carolina forestry, natural resources, and sustainability.
Justin Faircloth, Communications Coordinator
(800) 231-7723 ext. 3 /Cell: (919) 594-2254
Justin Faircloth was appointed as the NCFA Communications Coordinator in November of 2018. As the Communications Coordinator, Faircloth manages the NCFA’s website, public relations, executive communications, social media, digital media, and promotional materials for major events. Justin is also responsible for marketing and publicity efforts. In addition to these duties, Faircloth is the editor of NCFA’s quarterly TreeLine magazine. Previously, he worked part-time with Claybourn Walters Logging Company as a timber procurement representative. Faircloth also interned at the Hofmann Forest under the North Carolina State Natural Resources Foundation Inc. for nearly a year. Justin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from North Carolina State University.