LTA hopes to engage the government and all stakeholders in constructively seeking new avenues in improving the industry for the betterment of society as a whole. To our international partners, we want to thank you for your support through the VPA-SU and also your continuous support to the Government. We can assure you of our, the LTA, support of the VPA and its implementation. To the members of the timber association we want to assure you that we are going to work in your best interest. We ask for your full support and understanding as we serve you.

To our Government and the Forestry Development Authority, we want to assure you of our commitment to work within the frame of the law and that given the chance we will be the partner you desire. We are going to manage the forest in the most sustainable way. When we work together there is nothing that will be too difficult for us. Let’s move the economy together for the good of our people and nation.

  • Liberia is endowed with abundant natural resources, with forest products accounting for a significant amount of these resources
  • Liberia’s forest occupies 43% of the remaining Upper Guinea Forest
  • The land mass of Liberia’s forest is 45% of the total land area of the country
  • Conservation, preservation area is about 1.7 million hectares, and multiple use forest area is 4.0 million ( 70% of the total area of Liberia )
  • Biodiversity contents of Liberia’s Forest include 590 species of birds; 125 mammal species; 1,000 insects species’ 2,000 flowering plants, 59 of which are endemic to the country’ 240 timber species, 60 of which have been exported
  • These graphic descriptions of the Liberia’s forest resources highlight the economic and general importance of the forest to the country and the world at large
  • The forestry industry has been a major contributor to the economic development of the country since the collapse of the iron industry in the 1980’s
  • The industry has impacted the economy in the form of industrial output, national income, employment, infrastructure in rural areas, and export revenues
  • The logging industry has for the past war years suffered from a myriad of setbacks and changes including the imposition and subsequent lifting of the UN Security Council sanction on Liberia’s timber and introduced a new legal regime
  • Recent reform and change is all with the aim of making the forest sector meaningful to the economic growth and development of the country

Mr. Rudolph J. Merab
Liberia Timber Association

Jihad Akkari
1st Vice President

Mr. John S. Deah
2nd Vice President

Augustine B. M. Johnson
Secretary General

Eliza D.J. Kronyahn

Mr. Macdonald Wento


Mr. E. Ekema A Witherspoon - Head of Secretariat

He holds a Master of Science in International Relations as well as a  Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Management.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and minor in International Relations.  Has several certificates in variety of subject matters to his credit form diversified national and international workshops and seminars.

Almost twenty (20) commutative years of working experience in the Public and Private sector with emphasis on administration with specific focus on working with people of diverse backgrounds and experience to achieve desired results Once served as the second in command at the Forestry Development Authority.

Martin F. Kerkula Sr. - Communication and Training Manager

He holds a BA Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Liberia; a retired legislator; and a journalist with 24 years’ experience as well as a civil society Actor with strong NGO background. He blends these experiences to drive the communication and training program of the LTA.

Henra G. Baysah - Administrative and Finance Officer

Is a senior student at the University of Liberia, studying Accounting and Management, major and minor, respectively. She has five years’ work experience in administration. Has worked with NGOs, mainly with Agriculture sector since 2014. Is passionate and committed to service.

Princess K. Gbartu - Expeditor

She is a graduate of the McDaniel Faith Academy in Paynesville, near Monrovia.

Jessica N. Teld - Office Assistant

Is a graduating senior at the African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia where she is reading sociology major and economic minor. She worked with the Tutex Logging and Construction Company from 2012 to 2015 as a filing clerk before joining the LTA.

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