The NCFA, the state’s oldest forest conservation organization, was established in 1911. Today it is a private, non-profit partnership of over 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.
|Pryor Gibson, Executive Vice President
Office: (800) 231-7723 ext. 3 / Cell: (919) 632-1700
Pryor Gibson was named the NCFA’s Executive Vice President in April of 2014. A former member of the North Carolina General Assembly, Gibson was a strong ally of the association and the forest products industry during his tenure in the North Carolina General Assembly (1989-1990, 1999-2011). Over this period, he chaired over 20 committees and was a chief sponsor of numerous forestry, environmental & regulatory legislation. Gibson left the House of Representatives in 2011 to serve as a senior advisor to the governor. Gibson also served as the director of the Workforce Solutions section of the Business Services Department within the North Carolina’s Department of Commerce. Gibson began his career as a builder and real estate developer. Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree in biology & chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and attended graduate classes at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina Charlotte.
| Ann Harper, Business Manager
Office: (800) 231-7723 ext. 1
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.
|Chris Brown, Senior Director of Communications
Office: (800) 231-7723 ext. 2 / Cell: (919) 337-6094
Chris Brown joined NCFA as the director of communications in 2000. Brown is responsible for all internal and external communications for the association, coordinating the production of all printed and electronic publications and online content, and promotional materials. He also provides guidance and technical support for the NCFA’s education programs. Brown also serves as the webmaster for the NCFA’s website and the NC SFI State Implementation Committee’s website. In addition to writing material for NCFA publications, Brown also places articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers and trade magazines. He participates in several landowner outreach programs with state and other non-profit entities across North Carolina. On the media side, he oversaw the production of two of the NCFA’s video productions, “Forestry: Keeping North Carolina Green and Growing” and “What is a Working Forest Conservation Easement”. He spent eight years as a lobbyist with the NCFA before stepping down in 2012 to assume leadership of the Friends of Forestry Political Action Committee. Brown joined the NCFA after spending six years as the public relations director and team services director for the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Brown was a sports information director at Trinity College (CT) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Trinity.