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Mill employee appointed to state forestry commission

Mike Hudson has been named to the Louisiana Forestry Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Hudson has been the fiber supply manager at the International Paper Bogalusa Mill since 2005 and in the forest industry in south Louisiana since 1981.

He is a member of the Louisiana Forestry Association Board of Directors and a member of Ag Leaders of Louisiana. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Management from LSU and is a graduate of the Agricultural Leaders of Louisiana Program.

The Louisiana Forestry Commission serves to prepare plans for the execution of laws relating to forestry. Additionally, the commission selects, employs and directs the state forester. According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seven members, including the head of the Department of Forestry at Louisiana State University and the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The remaining five members are gubernatorial appointments, subject to senate confirmation, and include the following:

• Two owners or executive managers of interests owning and operating timberlands;

• One owner of farm lands interested in reforestation;

• One owner or executive manager of a pulp and paper mill; and

• One owner or executive manager of interests manufacturing or treating poles, piling, posts, crossties or veneer.