North American Forest Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

Collierville, Tennessee, August 22, 2022 – The North American Forest Foundation (NAFF) is excited to introduce two new board members—Jimmy Thornberry of Powell Valley Millwork and Butch Bernhardt of Western Wood Preservers Institute


North American Forest Foundation Introduces Butch Bernhardt as newest Board Member.

Collierville, Tennessee, September 22, 2021 – The North American Forest Foundation (NAFF) is excited to introduce Butch Bernhardt, Senior Program Manager for the Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI).

His responsibilities include product education, technical publications, standards, distance learning and digital design tools for preserved wood products.

Bernhardt has extensive experience in wood promotion, providing product support, user education and international market development for nearly four decades in positions with WWPI, Western Wood Products Association, Softwood Export Council and Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is the third generation in his family to work in the wood products industry.

Western Wood Preservers Institute, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., represents preservative treated wood product producers, chemical manufacturers and others serving the industry throughout western North America. For 75 years, WWPI has provided regulatory and market outreach services aimed at sustaining a viable western North America preserved wood industry.

The North American Forest Foundation (NAFF) is also excited to introduce Jimmy Thornberry, President and Co-Owner of Powell Valley Millwork.

Jimmy Thornberry is the President and one of the owners of Powell Valley Millwork, a domestic manufacturer of mouldings and millwork with two manufacturing locations east of Lexington, Kentucky. Jimmy entered the millwork industry in 1993 when he and his father developed their first location in Jeffersonville, Kentucky.

Since then, the Thornberry family has expanded their presence in the market acquiring a second location in 2014 and grown their business to employ approximately two hundred team members supplying a diverse customer base across North America.

Communication is paramount to Jimmy and he finds himself at home when walking the facilities, asking questions, giving advice, and finding ways to make equipment run more efficiently and increase morale amongst the team.

He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in finance and business management. When not in the office, Jimmy is at home with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife, or on the family farm raising beef cattle.

Interested parties can learn more by visiting NAFF’s website.

About North American Forest Foundation

The North American Forest Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit on a mission to nurture the next generation through education, changing hearts and minds about sustainable forestry and wood products, for good. Because helping kids become #exTREEmelysmart cultivates a healthier future for them, the industry, and the planet.