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Alternate Member, State of Montana, Royalty Policy Committee

Shawn Tomas is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Before working for the Montana Department of Natural Resources, Shawn Thomas began his career in the timber industry. After graduating from the University of Montana in 1995, Thomas worked for Plum Creek Timber Company (which was acquired by Weyerhauser in 2016). In October 1999, Thomas took a job as a forester at Thompson River Lumber, a position he held until January 2003. Since March 2003, he has worked for Montana’s Department of Natural Resources in various capacities: first as a forest management supervisor, then, from May 2006 to November 2008, as a trust lands program manager, and from November 2008 to November 2011 as a forest management bureau chief. Since November 2011 he has been Montana’s Trust Land Division Administrator. In this role, Thomas oversees the “active management of 5.2 million surface acres, and 6.2 million acres of mineral estate for the benefit of Montana’s schools.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, LinkedIn Profile for Shawn Thomas, accessed 09/29/17, and “Company Overview of Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/29/17]

Special Interests

Plum Creek Timber Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In the 1990s, Thomas worked for Plum Creek Timber Company, which "own[ed] and manage[d] timberlands in the United States." Plum Creek was acquired by Weyerhauser in 2016.

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Thompson River Lumber (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Thomas worked at Thompson River Lumber, a timber company based in Thompson Falls, Montana.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Plum Creek (now Weyerhauser) 

Thompson River Lumber

Montana Department of Natural Resources

Other Information

Shawn Thomas was a registered lobbyist in the state of Montana for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in the 2013 and 2015 legislative sessions. He is not currently registered as a lobbyist.

[Lobbyist Search for Shawn Thomas, Montana Secretary of State, accessed 09/29/17]