The NCFA, the state’s oldest forest conservation organization, was established in 1911. Today it is a private, non-profit partnership of over 4,200 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
Office: (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.
|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.
|Amy Juliana, Education Programs Manager
Office: (800) 231-7723 ext. 2
Amy Juliana became the NCFA’s Education Programs Manager in March of 2017. Juliana directs the NCFA’s education initiative, including the successful Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience and the Forestry & Environmental Forestry 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 – Crowder District Park and Historic Yates Mill County Park. Juliana graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and from North Carolina State University with a master’s degree in Natural Resources. It’s worth noting that in addition to her existing relationships with environmental educators through her last position, Juliana also collaborated with the North Carolina State University Forest Education and Outreach Program (FEOP) and the North Carolina Forest Service through her master’s degree work at N.C. State University.