Bruce Vincent

Bruce VincentIn 1984, after completing college, Bruce moved his family back to Libby, Montana and joined Vincent Logging as business manager.  Vincent Logging, a small family owned business, was started by Bruce’s father in 1968. Bruce is a third generation logger- and he’s also a speaker on the environment and agriculture.

In 1988, Bruce helped form Communities For A Great Northwest, a non-profit education and information group dedicated to the intelligent use of our natural resources.  The group has members though out the Northwest.  The Great Northwest Log Haul, which helped focus national attention on resource supply problems in the Northwest, was the first of many of the group’s activities.

Bruce is currently serving as President of Communities For A Great Northwest; President of the League of Rural Voters, serves as Executive Director of the Provider Pals™ cultural exchange program, President of the Alliance for America Foundation – an umbrella group of over 600 grassroots groups across the country; serves on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, the Pacific Logging Conference, the Cabinet/Yaak Grizzly Bear Community Involvement Team, the State of Montana’s Thompson Chain of Lakes Citizen Management Council and coordinates the collaborative Kootenai Forest Congress Roundtable. Bruce has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana Consensus Council and helped form the Temperate Forest Foundation, an international foundation that disseminates forestry information concerning the difficult decisions we face in defining sustainable forestry.

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In 1988, Bruce helped form Communities For A Great Northwest, a non-profit education and information group dedicated to the intelligent use of our natural resources.  The group has members though out the Northwest.  The Great Northwest Log Haul, which helped focus national attention on resource supply problems in the Northwest, was the first of many of the group’s activities.

Bruce is currently serving as President of Communities For A Great Northwest; President of the League of Rural Voters, serves as Executive Director of the Provider Pals™ cultural exchange program, President of the Alliance for America Foundation – an umbrella group of over 600 grassroots groups across the country; serves on the board of the Evergreen Foundation, the Pacific Logging Conference, the Cabinet/Yaak Grizzly Bear Community Involvement Team, the State of Montana’s Thompson Chain of Lakes Citizen Management Council and coordinates the collaborative Kootenai Forest Congress Roundtable. Bruce has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana Consensus Council and helped form the Temperate Forest Foundation, an international foundation that disseminates forestry information concerning the difficult decisions we face in defining sustainable forestry.

Bruce Vincent speaks throughout the United States and the world to groups including resource, recreation, banking and business associations, Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs.  Bruce is a highlighted national university campus speaker for the Young America Foundation.  He has testified on resource issues before Congress, has appeared on “60 Minutes” and other network and regional news.  Bruce has been reported on by Outside, Wheat Life, Range, Tree Farmer, Time and Audubon magazines, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and other periodicals.  Bruce has participated in radio shows, documentary videos and live television broadcasts throughout the nation and in several countries including Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Australia.  Bruce has appeared on the cover of Evergreen Magazine and was a highlighted “hero” in William Perry Pendley’s book It Takes A Hero.

During Bruce’s career he has been awarded the national Timber Industry Activist of the year, the Montana Timberman of the Year, the Sylvan Award for service to the national timber industry, the Public Service Award from the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, is this years Women in Agricultures “Keeper of the Tenth” award winner, and has been inducted into the Libby High School Hall of Fame.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  Bruce has been married to his wife Patti Jo for over 26 years and has four children:  Chas, 25; Echo Jo, 22; Lacie, 19; and Vance, 16.

Bruce’s family settled in Montana in 1904.  His current activities represent a family commitment to responsible environmentalism.

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With Vision There Is Hope
The American environmental movement was timely and necessary – but it is thirty years old and has failed to mature beyond a three-word vision of ‘Stop Doing That.’  America is ready for a new vision of environmentalism.  American is ready for those of us who live in, work in, play in and love the environment that is so hotly debated to share with them our version of new millennium conservation.  Our rural resource providing culture’s challenge for the future is to help make our conservation vision America’s environmental reality.

Thinking….What a Rush (for students)
Bruce and his family have a heritage built upon the practical application of academic environmental management theory.  In sharing this rich and imperfect history, Bruce shares his personal thoughts on the process of defining and defending sustainable development in a world that will soon hold ten to fourteen billion people and in which there will be not easy solutions – only intelligent choices.  In an engaging presentation suitable for environmental studies, sociology, forestry, wilderness, agriculture and political science classes, Bruce encourages student “THINKING” rather than telling students “WHAT” to think.

You Need Us, We Need You
Participants in the 1992 Earth Summit concluded that sustainability, providing for humankind today without compromising future generation’s ability to do so, was going to be defined and defended on a local landscape level with the indigenous (local) stakeholder attending to the table of debate and with a background of global consciousness.  Assuring that today’s leaders work to remove legislative obstacles to the success of these critical local processes of resolutions, therefore, is critical.  Bruce talks with leaders about helping to foster the atmosphere within which common sense resolution of environmental issues can take place and encourages examination of existing environmental policy to insure that the intent of the law is being met in a manner that advances the prospects of finding ground based solutions.

Individual Empowerment:  You CAN Make a Difference
In a society of 270,000,000 it is easy to feel disenfranchised from the leadership of our nation.  Even in civic groups, churches and industry associations we often find members who have allowed apathy to foster a feeling of impotence.  Many people have forgotten three basic truths about governance: democracy works – but it is not a spectator sport; when people lead, leaders follow, and; the world is run by those who show up.  Bruce’s presentation is designed to enlighten audiences on the power of the individual who takes

Will Agriculture Have The Energy To Embrace The Future?
Energy production is one of the greatest environmental challenges humanity faces as the world population grows and increasingly industrializes.  It is also one of the greatest opportunities for Ag today and in the future – but like all resource management issues it is an opportunity that will require the consent of the public to bring to full fruition.

 
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