Dr. Norland provides national leadership for forest resource management, forest sustainability, and agroforestry research and extension programs; the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) Program which provides funding to 73 land-grant institutions for extension forest and rangeland resources programs; and the national network of Extension Forestry Program Leaders, Specialists, and Educators. He is the NIFA liaison to the USDA National Agroforestry Center, USDA Forest Service-Cooperative Forestry, National Association of Conservation Districts - Forestry Resource Policy Group; and National Association of University Forest Resources Programs. He serves as the NIFA State Liaison to the land-grant universities in Tennessee and to several multi-state and regional committees.
Prior to joining NIFA he served as County Extension Agent, District Extension Specialist, and State Extension Program Leader for Natural Resources, Ohio State University Extension Service, for nearly 20 years. He holds three degrees in natural resources (forestry) and environmental biology from The Ohio State University.
Eric has been an active member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) for 35 years. He is a Past Chair of Ohio SAF and National Capital SAF chapters, a Certified Forester, and was elected Fellow in 2012. He is also active in the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.