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Roger Guernsey, 1947 Roger Guernsey, 1947, knew he wanted to be a forester in the seventh grade. He fulfilled that dream at University of Idaho, graduating with a forestry degree and going on to become Idaho’s chief state forester, a position he held for nearly two decades. In 1987, Roger and his wife, Billie Lou, gave 47.5 acres of family-owned land near Princeton to the university to help students and tree farmers learn about forestry. The land is now known as the Roger Guernsey Outdoor Classroom.

Vernon Burlison, 1943, M.S. 1949 Vernon Burlison, 1943, M.S. 1949, was a University of Idaho Extension forester for 27 years. His career started in 1946 as an assistant instructor and assistant Extension forester, and in 1951 he became the Extension forester. Vernon worked extensively with the 4-H program and helped develop youth resource camp programs in Idaho. He wrote several books and pamphlets about trees in Idaho and helped promote the Idaho Christmas Tree Growers Association. He is pictured here passing out trees and tools for a high school project in 1953, when students planted 5,000 trees on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Bruce E. Colwell, 1950 Bruce E. Colwell, 1950, was employed in the forest products industry for 44 years, holding a variety of positions from forester and logging superintendent up to division manager and group vice president. He was responsible for managing 1.7 million acres of corporation timberlands as well as manufacturing plants in several states including Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. In 1975, he was elected into the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame. He has also established a scholarship to benefit College of Natural Resources students. He received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1984.

Herald Nokes, 1950 Herald Nokes, 1950, became a physician after graduating from the College of Natural Resources, but natural resources always remained close to his heart. He managed the Nokes Tree Farm near McCall for many years, and in 2005 he and his wife Donna, also an alumna, donated 1,650 acres of undeveloped forestland to become part of the University of Idaho Experimental Forest. The land is currently managed by the Nokes family but will eventually transition to the university to benefit research and generations of future students.

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Celebrating 100 years of Natural Resources  

University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources has been educating leaders for more than 100 years. This book celebrates that legacy and...

Celebrating 100 years of Natural Resources  

University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources has been educating leaders for more than 100 years. This book celebrates that legacy and...

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