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The GreenWood Board of Directors has unanimously selected Hank Kashdan to be our new Chairman. Having served on the Board for four years, Hank will replace Scott Landis in a position Scott has held since the founding of GreenWood in 2000. We consider the establishment of a new Board Chair—independent of our founder—to be an exciting milestone in the professional development of our young organization.
Hank retired as Associate Chief of the U.S. Forest Service in 2010, and he served the agency with distinction in seven national forest units across the west—from California, Washington and Oregon, to Idaho and Montana—concluding his term at Forest Service headquarters in DC. In a career spanning nearly four decades, Hank worked in law enforcement, as a U.S. Senate staffer and was Director of the Agency’s Budget Office.
A resident of Virginia, Hank holds a strong personal interest in forest- and wood-related activities and has worked with Native American tribes, small woodlot owners, and indigenous populations in Southern Mexico and Peru.
You can expect to see more of Hank’s “fingerprints” on future GreenWood developments, as he and Scott continue to work closely together to build GreenWood’s capacity and Board in the months and years ahead.
Congratulations, Hank, and welcome aboard!
Honduran Environmental Activist Assassinated
On March 3 the prominent indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her hometown of La Esperanza in western Honduras. A mother of four, Ms. Cáceres was subjected to years of threats for her resistance to the construction of the Agua Zarca hydro dam. She was recognized for her organizational leadership in 2015 with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.
GreenWood's Annual Update: 2014
It’s been an extraordinary year, in the most positive sense of the word—and the most negative. On the positive side, I returned from Mexico last week, where GreenWood and the Honduras nonprofit we founded, Fundación Madera Verde, received a $25,000 prize from the Vidanta Foundation for “outstanding, original projects to reduce poverty and inequality and combat discrimination” in Latin America. (We took third place in a field of nearly 400 applicants.) The Vidanta prize is one of two major validations we received in 2014—the other being our receipt in January of the first-ever Innovation Prize awarded by the Yale School of Forestry.
Between these bookends of recognition, 2014 also delivered some tragic losses, with the assassination of two Honduran colleagues—a young government forester and the dynamic mayor of our most dedicated partner communities. And the illegal forest invasions I reported last year have hardly abated. Remarkably, Madera Verde staff, artisans and sawyers continue not just to persevere in this threatening context, but to advance.
Silas Kopf Named Smithsonian Master
Founding GreenWood board member and former treasurer, Silas Kopf of Easthampton, Massachusetts, has been named a 2015 "Master of the Medium" by the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution for his exemplary work in wooden marquetry. Past honorees in the Renwick's wood category include Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle and Judy MacKie.
Silas is widely known for his inventive and witty inlayed furniture, which he has been making since 1973. His "Bad Hare Day," pictured at right, was purchased for the Renwick collection in 2008. His work can also be found in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and numerous private collections. He has designed and executed the decorative inlaid case of several concert grand pianos for Steinway & Sons.