Appalachian Timber Manager
Jim is Appalachian Timber Manager of Columbia Forest Products location in Old Fort. Columbia Forest Products’ ESOP started in 1985 and became fully functional in 1987. Jim is a registered Forester in North Carolina and has earned the designation of Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters. He has 44 years’ experience in the forest products industry and has been a Columbia Forest Products employee since 1981.
Jim is a graduate of both Paul Smith’s College (The College of the Adirondacks) and North Carolina State University and has held positions with both Weyerhaeuser Company and Champion International prior to Columbia Forest Products.
Jim had a key role in establishing Columbia’s Group Forest Stewardship Council Certification program for forest landowners which now manages more than 130,000 acres in the Southern Appalachian Region. He has worked closely with the Carbon Canopy to bring the opportunity to participate financially in carbon sequestration projects to certain landowners in CFP’s group program. For the last 4 years Jim has served as one of three forest industry representatives on the Forest Stewardship Council-US controlled wood working group developing a national controlled wood risk assessment.
Mr. Sitts is a former President of the North Carolina Forestry Association and also serves as a board member with Forestry Mutual Insurance Company, the National Woodland Owners Association and The Hardwood Federation.