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Paul Vanderford

Manager of the oldest FSC small business support program in North America, ISO 9001 auditor, FSC Chain-of-Custody lead audit, FSC US board chair, FSC Policy and Standards Committee member

Green Markets Program Director

Sustainable Northwest


Paul manages Sustainable Northwest's Forest Stewardship Council Group Certification, the oldest group in North America. He provides technical assistance and on-site support to 75 businesses in the Western US. Prior to working at SNW, Paul ran the Rainforest Alliance SmartWood program's Western Office where he managed over 150 FSC Chain-of-Custody companies. He brings with him extensive familiarity with the Forest Stewardship Council standards and experience helping companies walk through the FSC assessment and audit process. Paul earned his B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and his M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management in a partnership between UWSP and Rhodes University in South Africa. His graduate work focused on the implementation of South Africa’s National Water Act in the Kat River Valley, where he facilitated a public involvement process with farmers, foresters, domestic water users, and government agencies. When not at work, Paul can be found in the woods bow hunting, splashing around the Northwest’s treasured fishing rivers, clamming in Nehalem bay, and bike touring.