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New Senior Economist at RISI

Sept. 16, 2014, Boston - RISI has added Senior International Timber Economist John Turland, to its wood products and timber economic analysis group.

Turland comes to RISI from Greenwood Resources Inc., where he most recently held the position of Director of Resource Planning & Analysis. John has over 25 years of experience in the forestry sector, including roles in China, Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, Fiji, Brazil, Poland and the United States. In his new role, John will work with current Director of International Timber, Bob Flynn, to expand and enhance RISI's International Timber services and offerings.

"We are delighted to welcome John to RISI. His wealth of timber economic analysis, forecasting and modeling, along with the extensive experience living in working in some key international timberland markets makes him a perfect fit," said Dan Blenk, Director Wood & Timber Economic Analysis, RISI.

"More and more of our clients are looking into, or already are investing heavily into international timber markets, bringing John onto the team really underscores RISI's continued focus and investment in this market," continued Blenk.

"I'm pleased to join the RISI International Timber team at a dynamic time as the forest products trade emerges from the global recessionary conditions, and as the level of international timberland investment rapidly increases and diversifies into new investment zones," stated Turland. He continued, "I hope to draw on my forestry investment and management experience to provide additional insight on drivers in timber pricing and the patterns of supply, demand and trade of various timber products."

Turland began his forestry career in 1988 at the New Zealand Ministry of Forestry as a forestry analyst. John has also held roles at Forestry Corporation NSW (formerly State Forests of NSW), Poyry, Rayonier New Zealand, World Forestry Institute, Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Greenwood Resources. He holds both a Bachelors and a Masters of Forestry Sciences from the University of Canterbury New Zealand, as well as a Bachelors of Applied Economics from Massey University New Zealand.