Ann Forest Burns
Ann grew up on the Olympic Peninsula where her parents’ law practice served the loggers and farmers who kept her small town alive. A summer job on a fire lookout led to an undergraduate degree in forestry from the University of Washington. Despite the doubts of her forestry professors, she saw a link between forestry and law and chose Willamette University for its location in Salem – Oregon’s state capitol. She has served as the lawyer to the timber department of a major corporation, lobbied for forest practices laws in Olympia, Boise and Helena, taught forest policy and law at the University of Washington, and practiced law, serving large and small forest landowners, most recently in partnership with her husband, Bruce Williams.
Ann has long been fascinated by the ability of associations to influence change. Since 2008, her work at AFRC has allowed her to work for better public forest management and a brighter future for communities like the one she grew up in. Ann has served on numerous boards and advised many associations. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters in 1994.