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LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association will host its annual convention at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, from October 17-19, 2018.
‘More Than Trees’ is the theme for this year’s conference, which marks the one hundred and fourth annual meeting of the association.
Speakers for this year include Scott Sacco, founder of Environ Strategies, LLC who will present “Pardon the Disruption: The Influence of Strategic Thinking on Forestry and our Forest.”  Heather Strong, Senior Director of WoodWorks, will give an overview of their promotional efforts and education to architects and engineers for using wood in buildings. Charlie Cornish, Executive Vice President, North and South American Operations for Resource Management Service, will speak about the ongoing management and direction of the company. Stephen Raley is Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for the up and coming Angelina Forest Products mill in Lufkin and will give an overview of the new mill as well as a timeline and production information at the General Session on Thursday, Oct. 18. Amy Hays has been with the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for three years as the Adult Education Manager and will give a presentation on “Generational Intelligence: Working effectively when you don’t want to (or they just won’t!)” at breakfast on Friday, Oct. 19.
A highlight of the event will be the InterActive Theater Company which will provide entertainment during the President’s Banquet on Thursday evening. They engage and inspire through live theater productions that reflect their own experiences and challenge their own understanding of the world in which they live. InterActive Theater Company produces a full season of original and interactive productions based on literature and history for children and families, as well as featuring a repertory unit to tour the metropolitan area.
TFA offers a myriad of concurrent sessions on topics of interest for everyone during the annual conference. This year’s topics include “Invasive Plants: What’s out there and what to do about them”, “Using Drones in the Workplace,” Succession Planning, Technology, and a session on proper ethics in forestry.
For a complete meeting brochure, visit Texas Forestry Association’s website at or email Registration is available online at To exhibit or sponsor, please call (936) 632-8733.

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