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Clarksville men named to Forestry Board / October 03, 2012
Two Clarksville residents were recently named to the Virginia Forestry Board by Governor Bob McDonnell. They are Don Bright, president of Meherrin River Forestry Products and J. Kenneth Morgan, Chairman of Morgan Lumber Company.

The Board of Forestry advises the Governor and the Department of Forestry on the state of the forest resources in Virginia and the management of those resources. The members also recommend plans for improving the state system of forest protection, management, and replacement, and prepare a yearly report analyzing the progress and conditions of state forest work.

It is composed of one member from each congressional district, who are appointed by the Governor for a term of four years.

Bright is a first time appointee to the Board. He began Meherrin River Forest Products in 2011 in partnership with Union Level Land and Timber and C.A. Wright Logging. Since beginning the Alberta-based business, Bright and his partners increased production at the facility more than 400%.

Prior to opening Meherrin River Forest Products, Bright worked for Morgan Lumber Company. He joined the firm as Sawmill Manager in 1998 after completing his B.S. degree in Forest products Management. He became Vice President of Morgan Lumber after only six years. In 2010 Bright headed up the design and construction of a continuous dry kiln, the first of its kind in Virginia and 1 of 4 in the world.

Don Bright received the “Outstanding Alumnus” award from Virginia Techs College of Natural Resources in 2006. He serves the College currently as a chairman of the Alumni Board. He actively participates in the industry through the Virginia Forestry Association, the Appalachian Lumberman’s Club and the Virginia Forest products Association. His civic involvement includes membership with the Alberta Economic Development Authority and coaching 2 Dixie Youth teams.

Bright is also a Deacon and youth Sunday school teacher at Buffalo Baptist Church, and Vice President of the local Gideon’s International chapter.

The newly appointed Bright said, “It is an honor and privilege to serve the commonwealth of Virginia under Governor McDonnell’s appointment. I hope that we as the Board of Forestry can help to continue and promote good stewardship and utilization of Virginias forest, insuring a healthy renewable resource for future generations.”

Morgan, who is currently a member of the Board of Forestry, said, “I am indeed honored to serve our great Commonwealth and our highly acclaimed Department of Forestry on the Board of Forestry.”

He is Chairman of Board of Morgan Lumber Company, Inc.; President of Sunrise Shavings, LLC, and Vice President of Morgan Lumbers Sales, LLC, having been with Morgan Lumber for the past 40 years.

After graduating from the University of Richmond in 1971 with a B.S. in Industrial Management, Morgan served seven years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He is the past Administrative Council Chairman of Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Church; and the current Chairman of the Stewardship Committee.

Morgan’s other civic commitments include tenure as the Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 7450, and serving as a current Board member and past President of the Board of Directors of Halifax Regional Health System.

His industry commitments include serving as the past Chairman of the Board of Virginia Forest Products Association, past President of the Board of the Virginia Forestry Association, and member of the Reforestation of Timberlands Board. Additionally, Morgan is on the Advisory Board for Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, and represents Virginia on the Board of Governors of the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau.

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