February 23, 2019

Texas Forestry Association Recognizes Brian Babin as 2017 Legislator of the Year

 LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association presented Senator Brian Babin with the Legislator of The Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Tyler County Courthouse in Woodville, Texas.

“We are very proud to present this award to Dr. Babin,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “His support was invaluable as we worked together to keep the industries that support forestry in perspective as the I-69 transportation system progresses.”

Dr. Babin serves the 36th District which covers nine counties. He has been appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space and represents the interests of Johnson Space Center that is located in the district. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Environment.

“I am very grateful to have been presented with the Texas Forestry Association’s Legislator of the Year Award,” Rep. Babin said. “The forestry industry plays a critical role in our local and national economy, particularly in East Texas. As one of our area’s top employers, I am committed to advancing policies that support out timber industry.”

Dr. Babin provided legislative support that helped grandfather in existing weight limits to the I-69 infrastructure, maintaining a current weight limit for motor carriers to haul up to 84,000 pounds with the appropriate permit. This promotes an economic benefit to all of East Texas as motor carriers do not have to find alternate routes to reach their destinations.

“We strive to be an integral link for landowners, providing them with information on laws and issues that affect them,” Hufford said. “We are grateful for the work Rep. Babin has done to protect the interests of our members.”


mike-birdMONTGOMERY, TEXAS – Mike Bird of Center, Texas has been elected Vice President of Texas Forestry Association (TFA).  He was recommended by TFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to fill the position in 2017 during TFA’s annual convention held Oct. 26-28, 2016 at La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas.


“Mike Bird brings a proven and successful background in land management consultation,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA.  “We look forward to working with him as TFA creates new partnerships with both private and commercial forest landowners.”


Bird is a 1975 graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. In 1979, he founded Bird Forestry Services as a traditional forestry consulting firm offering services to private non-industrial landowners in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.


As his business grew, Bird recognized other natural resource opportunities associated with land management including reclamation and restoration, enhancement, and preservation. As a result, in 1989, he created Silva-Tech/South, Inc. as a vegetation and management reforestation business. In 1994, Bird, along with Terry Anderson, created Advances Ecology, Ltd, an environmental consulting firm.


In 2015, he merged Bird Forestry with Sam Crawford and The Crawford Forestry Group to form Bird & Crawford Forestry. Today, Bird is actively involved in both Bird & Crawford Forestry and Advanced Ecology, serving as CEO for Advanced Ecology, Ltd. And Silva-Tech/South, Inc.


Mike Bird was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held Oct. 26-28, 2016 at La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas.  



Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource. 

Texas Forestry Association Welcomes Dave Duren as Texas Logging Council Coordinator


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Texas Forestry Association (TFA) is pleased to welcome Dave Duren of Lufkin as the Texas Logging Council Coordinator, an affiliation of private business men and women who make their living from the harvesting and delivery of wood fiber to forest products mills all over East Texas.

“We are very happy to welcome Dave Duren to the TFA staff,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “His experience and passion for forestry makes him a strong liaison for TFA and the Logging Council which work together to improve relationships with landowners, loggers, and municipalities.”

“I’m honored to be selected as the new Coordinator,” said Duren. “I want to work with loggers and other forestry professionals to help East Texas continue to be a great place to live.”

Duren began a life-long career in the woods by going out with his father and grandfather, both foresters who passed on a passion to see Texas forests thrive for generations. He later worked for and as a partner with his father, “a priceless experience. He was the best in every way.”

“I remember being in high school and passing a clear-cut with my grandfather,” said Duren. “He was a career forester and seeing the mismanagement of that tract brought him to tears. I really hadn’t thought about taking care of the forest until I was taught Best Management Practices and learned that we have to protect and manage Texas forests through education and conservation.”

After a year of college, Duren worked full-time in the logging industry until 2010. As a logger, Duren has worked with Southland Paper and Temple-Inland. One of his sons, Daniel, “is carrying the flag” and runs his own logging and trucking operation.

Duren is a charter member and past president of Chapter 3 of the Texas Logging Council, which is dedicated to the preservation of East Texas’ wood-based economy, and its legislative efforts are designed to keep men and women working. He is also the 2003 recipient of TFA’s Texas Logger of the Year Award.

“I want to work with Logging Council members to build a positive image of logging in the public eye,” said Duren. “Together we can increase the understanding and awareness of industry best management practices that have made me and others better stewards of the land.”

The Texas Logging Council is a council under the Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, which promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

God Save America Rally at The Villages

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Rally to Focus on Voter Engagement

The Villages, FL- Vision America and The Villages Tea Party will host a “God Save America Rally” Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5 5:30pm at the Savannah Recreation Center at 1545 Buena Vista Blvd. in The Villages, FL.  Decorated war veteran Tim Lee along with Vision America’s Rick Scarborough will be the evening’s guest speakers.   Admission is free.

“Our freedoms are in jeopardy and now more than ever, Christians must stand up and be counted,” says Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America. “America needs The Church to stand up and be involved in the political process.”

Tim Lee, the rebellious teenager and son of a Baptist minister severed two lower limbs in a land mine explosion during the Vietnam was, and was placed in a wheelchair for life. After his call to preach in 1973, and following a year of itinerant evangelistic preaching, Tim Lee pastored for five years in southern Illinois before surrendering to the full-time ministry of evangelism in 1979. The results in the lives of people were almost immediate as the former Marine began to stir and challenge God’s people across the country. They hear a clear, uncompromising message grounded deep in old fashioned patriotism, righteous living and biblical revival.

Rick Scarborough holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Houston Baptist University, with a double major in Political Science and Speech. In 1998 he founded Vision America and in 2008 he published the widely acclaimed book appropriately titled “Enough is Enough.”

Vision America’s mission is to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation. Additional information is available online at www.visionamerica.org.