Idaho Forest Group has announced the upcoming retirement of Bob Boeh, vice president of government affairs.
Boeh, who will retire in 2018, has a distinguished career in the timber sector, working for Plum Creek Timber Company, Riley Creek Lumber, and most recently with Idaho Forest Group. During Boeh’s tenure at IFG, the company has seen tremendous growth. IFG is now the eighth-largest forest products company in the United States. Mr. Boeh has been instrumental in developing strategic partnerships and identifying areas of consensus with diverse forest collaborative groups. His leadership has assisted IFG and its partners to increase effective land and range management practices resulting in improved forest health conditions.
“Bob is a friend and an outstanding executive,” Idaho Forest Group Chairman Marc Brinkmeyer said. “He has been a leader in this company for twenty years and been instrumental not only in the growth or IFG, but also has been a trusted representative of our company with the community and stakeholders we serve. I will miss his vision, counsel, and wit.”
Brinkmeyer also announced the appointment of Tom Schultz, former director of the Idaho Department of Lands as IFG’s next vice president of government affairs. Schultz has managed state forests and rangelands in Idaho and Montana for the past 20 years and has overseen the regulation and wildfire protection of Idaho’s state and private forests since 2011. Like Boeh, Schultz is also a graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Forestry. Prior to his land management experience, Schultz was an officer in the United States Air Force. He excels at working with diverse constituencies and finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
“IFG prides itself on identifying, developing and retaining talented leaders,” Brinkmeyer said in announcing the appointment. “Tom has a long record of accomplishment and shares our company’s priority of looking forward and partnering with diverse communities. We look forward to his contribution to the future growth of our company.”
Schultz is expected to begin his new position by mid-January 2018.
IFG is a family-owned, Idaho-grown forest products company that prioritizes excellence in caring for natural resources, employees and its customers. IFG operates six state-of-the-art sawmills in Chilco, Grangeville, Laclede, Lewiston, and Moyie Springs, Idaho. The company also recently acquired a mill in St. Regis, Mont.