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V. Alaric (Al) Sample has served as President of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington, DC since 1995.
He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, and a Research Affiliate on the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is author of numerous research papers, articles and books on topics in national and international forest policy.
His most recent book is Common Goals for Sustainable Forest Management: Divergence and Reconvergence of American and European Forestry, with Steven Anderson (Forest History Society 2008). Sample earned his doctorate in resource policy and economics from Yale University.
Sample has served on numerous national task forces and commissions, including the President's Commission on Environmental Quality task force on biodiversity on private lands, and the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry.