State Forester Russell Bozeman has announced that Todd Matthews has been named the new Forest Management Chief for the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC).
“Todd has been a valuable asset to the MFC for almost 20 years,” Bozeman said. “His depth of knowledge of Mississippi’s forestry industry and his experience will allow him to excel in his new role with the agency.”
Matthews has been with the MFC for 17 years. In his current role as Assistant Forest Management Chief, Matthews was the Forest Stewardship Program and Forest Health Program Coordinator. Matthews oversaw the daily activities of the MFC’s Invasive Plant and Urban & Community Forestry programs. Additionally, he was responsible for managing federal and state cost-share programs and grants.
As Forest Management Chief, Matthews will serve as the head of the MFC’s Forest Management Division. Matthews will retain oversight of programs from his previous role, as well as the Public Lands (16th Section and State Forests) Program, the Private Lands Program, American Tree Farm System Program, Water Quality Program and GIS Program.
A 2000 graduate of Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources, Matthews resides in Starkville with his wife and two children.