Gregory Johnson, director of forestry research at Weyerhaeuser, serves as coordinator of the sustainable feedstock production effort for the NARA project. The group aims to develop biomass supply models and silviculture regimes to provide and enhance biomass production, as well as to look at the impacts of biomass removal on land productivity and wildlife.
Johnson has a background in biometrics, conducting statistical research on trees and biological systems. Within Weyerhaeuser, he directs a research group that looks at enhancing the productivity and sustainability of forests. Johnson’s research expertise encompasses forest biometrics and growth modeling, silviculture, tree improvement, and harvest planning. His current work at Weyerhaeuser focuses on enhanced, sustainable productivity, wood quantity and quality (including biomass quantification), nutrition management, and reforestation systems.
He has 30 years of industrial research and research management experience. This includes research project and program management for International Paper (Manager of Research & Technical Services), Willamette Industries (Forest Research Director), and Weyerhaeuser Company (Director Forest Research), and the chairmanship of the Forestry Research Advisory Council to the Secretary of Agriculture. He holds a M.S. in biometrics from Oregon State University.