Mr. Tuchmann is President of US Forest Capital, LLC, a forest advisory company based in Portland, OR. US Forest Capital helps clients: identify, manage and finance natural resource transactions; create and improve governance structures; and resolve public policy and communication challenges. In this role, Mr. Tuchmann has helped raise $280 million in conservation and ecosystem service funding that has conserved 165,000 acres of private working forestland.
Prior to founding US Forest Capital, Tom was Western Director and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. During his tenure, he directed negotiations and implementation of the $480 million Headwaters Forest Agreement and he was charged with designing and managing President Clinton’s Forum that resulted in the $50 million conservation management plan for Lake Tahoe.
In his capacity as a public servant, Tom also served as the Director of the U.S. Office of Forestry and Economic Development where he was responsible for developing and implementing the President’s 24-million-acre Northwest Forest Plan and the associated $1.2 billion economic assistance program.
Mr. Tuchmann has also served as lead staff for the Senate Agriculture Committee where numerous statutes — including the Forest Legacy, Stewardship Contracting, Forest Stewardship, Northern Forest and Lake Champlain programs — that he developed on behalf of the Chairman were signed into law. Tom also served as Policy Director for Society of American Foresters.
Tom graduated with forestry degrees from Northern Arizona University and Pennsylvania State University and has served as Adjunct Professor at the Lewis and Clark School of Law. Tom speaks regularly on an array of natural resource topics, has served as Board Chair for Sustainable Northwest and currently serves on Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry Advisory Board.