Richard is Director of Tree Improvement Operations at GWR. He began his career with the Crown Zellerbach Company working on conifer forest regeneration projects. In 1983, Richard participated in establishing the first hybrid poplar research plantings near Boardman, OR and later worked in poplar tree improvement. In 2000, he started directing GWR’s Westport, OR Tree Improvement Station, where he oversees a program of hybrid poplar breeding and testing that distributes improved plant material to GWR’s global operations. Richard graduated from Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California in 1976 with a B. S. degree in Forestry.