Meet William Snyder,
Redwood Forest Foundation's New Board Member
On January 27, 2016, William Snyder was appointed to the Redwood Forest Foundation's Board of Directors.
William Snyder brings a wealth of forestry experience from both the public and private sectors, including board membership and industry and public agency employment to this new position. Bill retired as Deputy Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) in 2013. As the Deputy Director, his areas of responsibility included oversight of the Department's Forest Practice, State Forests, Climate and Landowner Assistance Programs along with administrative responsibilities for budget development, legislation, and policy supporting those program areas. Prior to assuming the position of Deputy Director for the Department, he was responsible for the Forest Practice program for Timber Harvesting Plan review and approval for plans submitted to the Santa Rosa office of the Department.
Prior to CalFire, Bill worked as a forester for 25 years in private industry. He was responsible for the management of timberlands owned by Fibreboard Corporation in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He also worked as the Chief Forester for Georgia Pacific's Martell Division and subsequently spent time in Georgia Pacific's Fort Bragg operations where he was responsible for activities associated with reforestation, pre-commercial thinning and timber stand improvement. He also served as an industry member on the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection from 1993 to 1995.
Bill and his wife, Wendy, reside in Santa Rosa, CA and have enjoyed the opportunity of the time retirement provides to fish, spend time in the garage woodworking, golf, travel and spend time with family.
Bill has stayed active in the forestry profession and currently serves as Chair of the Northern California Society of American Foresters and Chair of the California Tree Farm Committee. He is a lifelong proponent of sound forest management. He has in the past been an interested outside observer of efforts of RFFI and Usal Forest. In committing to serve on the RFFI Board, Bill will be more than an interested observer and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the overall vision the community has developed for the Usal Forest.