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Fall 2016

Embracing hands-on learning

Warnell already an experiential learning veteran

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FUTURE Without alumni and friends like you, we would not be able to provide our students and faculty with extraordinary academic programs and opportunities to better themselves and our communities.

Your support helps us recruit top students and faculty, upgrade our facilities, and enable groundbreaking research. Consider joining us and providing the best possible future for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. There are many ways to give back, and we would love to help you discover how you can make a meaningful impact. Learn more online at or contact the Office of Development.

Bridget B. Harden Director of Development 706-542-6522

A Message from the Dean

Great People and New Opportunities


ince moving to the Dean’s Office, I’ve had the opportunity to hire 10 faculty members in 18 months, which is pretty remarkable for a faculty of about 60. Three of these were new positions in outreach funded by the General Assembly with your support. Others filled vacant positions or recent retirements. All of these faculty members will be in place as we end 2016 and most are introduced here. Their arrival has added new excitement to the school due to their enthusiasm and energy. You will enjoy meeting them when you come to campus or when you interact with them in your professional work. I’ll admit I am biased, but they are special people in the tradition of the faculty who have long served this school. Dr. Robert J. Warren will retire after fall semester, and his former graduate students held an event to honor Bob at Flinchum’s Phoenix. They are also working to fund an endowed graduate fellowship in Bob’s name, and we are fully supporting them on that effort as well. Few members of the faculty have left the impact on their professions as has Bob Warren, and we have all been blessed by working or learning alongside him. While more than 80 percent of our 192 graduate students receive an assistantship, they must still pay fees of more than $3,000 per year. During 2016, we created five new graduate fellowships through the sale of previous land gifts by the Rhodes and Cooper families that will cover all fees that graduate students on assistantships have to pay. Having these endowed fellowships will help us to continue to compete well against other institutions in attracting the very best graduate student talent to our programs. Equally important are endowed professorships. In July, we signed an agreement with the Boone and Crockett Club to place its next endowed program and professorship in wildlife conservation in the Warnell School. This will ensure that future students continue to understand the success and importance of the North American model of wildlife management and the critical need for regulated sport hunting. (See Page 6 for more details.) We are indeed blessed with outstanding alumni and supporters. Dennis Carey is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dennis (BSFR ’74) has had a very successful career in the forest industry and was the driving force securing the long-term future of TimberMart-South, including its move to the Warnell School 20 years ago. Amanda Hamsley Lang (BSFR ‘05, MS ‘08) is our Distinguished Young Alumnus and was recently named to the UGA 40 Under 40 List. Amanda is a partner with Forisk Consulting who has been instrumental in its recent rapid growth. We will have full coverage of these recipients in the spring issue. Your vital support of our school in so many ways helps make great things happen every day. We thank you and we hope to see you soon. Go Dawgs.

Dale Greene, Dean, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Fall 2016



4 Goodbye Bob Warren: Popular wildlife professor retires after 33 years

6 Boone & Crockett chooses Warnell for University Endowed Professorship

12 Welcome to Warnell: Hiring spree brings

new faculty faces

20 New UGA experiential learning initiative

old news to Warnell


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On the cover: The University of Georgia now requires undergraduates to complete an experiential learning requirement in order to graduate. This may be new to some schools at UGA, but Warnell was already an old-timer when it came to this type of hands-on learning. Photos on the cover illustrate several courses, senior project or thesis opportunities or field camps Warnell undergraduates were already offered. Graphic by Wade Newbury. All photos courtesy of Warnell students, faculty and staff.

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Class Notes


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Table of Contents photo: Students pose on a mountain in New Zealand during a study abroad trip. Photo by John Maerz. The Log magazine staff: Editor/Writer Sandi Martin Contributing Writer Bridget Harden

THE LOG is an Alumni Association publication. It is published twice a year in the fall and spring. Warnell on the Web:

WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND NATUR AL RESOURCES ADMINISTR ATION Dale Greene, Dean Steven Castleberry, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Mike Mengak, Associate Dean for Outreach Scott Merkle, Associate Dean for Research Gary Green, Assistant Dean of Student Services Bridget Harden, Director of Development In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Georgia does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation consistent with the University nondiscrimination policy. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the director of the Equal Opportunity Office, Peabody Hall, 290 South Jackson Street, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. Telephone 706-542-7912 (V/TDD). Fax 706-542-2822.

Emily Saunders, Director of Alumni Relations Bob Izlar, Director of the Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business Anuj Sinha, Director of Finance and Administration Mike Hunter, Director of Lands and Facilities Fall 2016


Warren retires


ob Warren is looking forward to his “honey do” list. When he and wife Helen moved to Athens in 1983, they built their house. He’s lived in that house as long as he’s worked at Warnell, and the past couple of years they’ve been renovating the 33-year-old home. So after he leaves Warnell for the last time at the end of the year, Warren laughs, he’ll be “doing a lot of things on my honey do list.” Warren’s looking forward to retirement, but it isn’t without a considerable amount of both sadness and surprisingly, guilt. “I feel guilty,” Warren said. “I always want to help people, and by retiring am I disappointing people?” It’s not disappointment people feel when they learn Warren is retiring. It’s a mixture of sadness that this extremely popular wildlife professor is leaving Warnell, but happy that he’ll get to finally realize that dream he and Helen have of buying a travel trailer, driving around the country, and visiting as many national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests as possible.

And they haven’t been shy about singing Warren’s praises. Dr. Joseph Corn (PhD ’95), now with the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, said Warren saved him academically when the two were at Texas Tech. Warren quickly shows how much he cares about students, Corn said. “Bob took me on as a graduate student at Texas Tech, after my initial major professor went home to Africa and did not return, and I have been grateful to him for this ever since,” Corn said. “This, his enthusiasm for his work, his dedication to doing quality work, and his genuine interest in his students have stayed with me over the years.” And it’s the students Warren said he’ll miss the most — advising and guiding young students with their careers in front of them. “That’s what’s always been my driving force around here,” Warren said. “They’ve helped keep this position interesting, challenging, inspiring and motivating. Students are passionate, and that’s what has made it worth getting up in the morning and coming to work for 37 years.” Photo


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from Warnell after 33 years

Popular wildlife professor witnessed growth, expansion of program during my graduate program is echoed by his students: he is a mentor, teacher and friend. His door is always open for personal and professional advice, and his enthusiasm for wildlife conservation and management is unmatched. He is humble and honest, and he makes a difference in his students’ lives.”

Bob Warren

It was actually “serendipity” that brought Warren to teaching in the first place. After earning his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University, the economy was terrible. Warren was facing either a daunting job market or something he feared even more — going to graduate school and conducting original research. He’d wanted to work as a wildlife biologist, but instead bit the bullet and enrolled at Virginia Tech, and “once I got into it and saw how exciting it could be, it was a real motivator. I don’t know what I was afraid of.”

Allen said her career has taken some interesting turns, and she is now associate director of the Georgia Center Hotel on UGA’s campus, “but Bob has been my role model for how I mentor, advise and treat people.”

His contributions to this legacy — and the impacts he’s made on students — has not been forgotten by those he’s helped over the years. Susan K. Allen (BS ’86, MS ‘88) not only graduated from Warnell, but worked here for several years. She happily volunteered to help plan a retirement celebration for Warren in November — precisely because of his enthusiasm for mentoring students, including taking her on as a master’s student. “What I learned about Bob


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Warren said he’s been glad to be part of Warnell’s history. And his contributions have not gone unrecognized. Over the years, Warren has been honored numerous times for his contributions not only to Warnell but wildlife management and conservation. In 2000 he was named the Dr. Bob Warren as a recipient of the Josiah Meigs Distinguished graduate student, 1975. Teaching Professorship, and just two years ago he won the highest conservation award there is from The Wildlife Society, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award. He’s been recognized for his teaching, Warren ultimately earned both his master’s degree and his research and his work in natural resources. Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, then began working at Texas Tech in 1979. A longing for the Southeast led him to apply But, he said, he’s 64. It’s time to retire. His kids are looking for a job with what was then the School of Forest Resources forward to him hanging it up, as well, he said. Christopher, at UGA, and he landed a faculty position in 1983. Alyssa and Bethany all scolded him when he delayed retirement by a semester. But he wanted to wrap up some In the past three decades, Warren has witnessed and been projects and properly hand the reigns over to his successor, part of incredible expansion and growth of the wildlife Gino D’Angelo. But now? “I’m outta here,” he said. program at Warnell. When he started 33 years ago, the school had few wildlife faculty and was sharing professors with other departments. Not only has the wildlife enrollment exploded since then, but the expertise among faculty has increased and diversified and Warnell now “has the In honor of Dr. Warren, the Warren Graduate best quantitative wildlife program in the world.” Fellowship has been established, and we are Working on a research assistantship there, Warren found himself in unfamiliar territory when funding ran out and he ended up with a teaching assistantship. “I was equally fearful of teaching,” he laughed. “But it clicked! Working with students one-on-one in the lab I realized how rewarding teaching could be. Serendipity is what it is.”

now raising the $100,000 required to endow it. This Fellowship will support outstanding graduate students who are also members of The Wildlife Society. If you would like to contribute to the Fellowship fund, please contact Bridget Harden, director of development, at 706-542-6522 or

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Warnell teams up with Boone and Crockett Club on wildlife professorship


n the past few years, there’s been a noticeable shift in wildlife management education. As the number of hunters across the U.S. falls, fewer college students are also interested in traditional wildlife management or in understanding the role of hunting on the success of wildlife conservation over the past century. The Boone and Crockett Club has turned its focus to this problem, establishing programs across the country to allow universities to focus on field science and application through endowed programs that provide stable funding. The Warnell School is now the fifth college chosen for the organization’s University Endowed Professorship. The University Endowed Professorships are designed to pair science-based graduate students with a supplemental public policy education, said Morrie Stevens Sr., president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “This will generate the future leaders for state fish and game departments, as well as federal agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,” Stevens said. “It will also create leadership for the NGO community in the forestry and wildlife area as well.” Stevens said Warnell was a logical choice to expand the program to the southeast because of its “rich history in forestry and wildlife management specialties.” Warnell and Boone and Crockett have committed to raising $5 million over the next five years to endow the program and professorship. Warnell Dean Dale Greene said that once the program is fully endowed, a search will be launched to hire someone to fill the distinguished professorship position. This professor will focus on big game management with a particular emphasis on how to do this in the privately-owned landscape of the southeastern U.S.

“I’m tremendously excited about the opportunities that partnering with the Boone and Crockett Club brings to the Warnell School,” Greene said. “The goals of our two organizations make this partnership a natural fit and this will provide additional experiences for our faculty and students in our highly regarded wildlife management program.” Founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt and George Bird Grinnell, the Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America. It focuses on promoting the conservation and management of wildlife, particularly big game, to preserve and encourage hunting while maintaining high ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship. It also promotes the North American model of wildlife conservation, a set of principles that guides management and conservation decisions in the U.S. and Canada and is used by several conservation groups. These principles include considering wildlife as public trust resources, eliminating markets for game, and setting ethical standards for the killing of game. Greene said the organization’s University Endowed Professorship program is vital as society becomes more urbanized. “We’re living at a greater distance from wildland environments where regulated sport hunting remains a key component of the successful North American model of wildlife management,” Greene said. “This program will keep these issues in front of our faculty and students for years to come, ensuring that these topics remain a focus of the Warnell School.” Boone and Crockett has established professorships at four other schools: the University of Montana, Texas A&M University, Oregon State University and Michigan State University. For more information about supporting the Boone and Crockett Club Wildlife Conservation Program at the Warnell School please contact Bridget Harden at 706-5426522 or

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Warnell unveils 10-year strategic plan: Plan lays out a decade of ambitious goals


his past spring, the Warnell School finalized a plan that will help guide its programs over the next decade. Faculty, staff and external supporters began working in the summer of 2015 to update the strategic plan that will be in effect through 2025. This plan outlines aggressive goals that will direct Warnell’s efforts to improve upon its instruction, outreach and research programs through specific benchmarks we have set, said Dean Dale Greene. “The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has been a leader in the disciplines where it has been active since its creation in 1906,” said Dean Dale Greene. “Our objective is to be world-class at all we do and in each of our missions — research, teaching and outreach — by the end of this planning horizon in 2025. Our goal was to have a new plan in place in early 2016 as we began the 110th year of the Warnell School.” The final strategic plan was improved through multiple revisions that incorporated input from faculty, staff, Warnell’s advisory boards and committees, as well as key officials with natural resources agencies, companies, and non-governmental organizations throughout Georgia and the Southeast. It has been published online on Warnell’s website, and an outline was mailed to key stakeholders this past spring. Some of the areas the plan focuses on: • Reaching measurable goals for undergraduate and graduate education, • Increasing the quality of research Warnell conducts, • Expanding outreach services and faculty expertise to help landowners and managers across the Southeast,

• Increasing alumni engagement and support, • And securing funding that will allow Warnell to fulfill its mission, through increased annual giving, endowments and other giving opportunities.

The Warnell School hired the firm Lighthouse Counsel to help guide the development of the new strategic plan. The firm works with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement effective strategies that will help accomplish mission priorities. These goals, which set benchmarks and deadlines for execution, were devised after gathering feedback from several hundred constituents and stakeholders. “This plan will be a key guidepost for us as we make plans for the years ahead, although we will also regularly re-evaluate and revise this plan with our external supporters as conditions and events dictate,” Greene said. An effective strategic plan will allow Warnell to remain a world-class leader in teaching, research and outreach services, Greene said. “We must build on our current strengths and seek to leverage the strengths of our many partners and the advantages of the region where we are located. We can serve the globe, but as a state-funded, land grant institution we must serve Georgia first.”

• Improving faculty and staff recognition, retention and development, • Improving Warnell’s facilities and infrastructure to meet growing needs as our programs expand, Fall 2016


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Warnell Notes

Dr. Kamal Gandhi recently won a Sarah H. Moss Fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Under the fellowship, Gandhi will receive travel funding assistance to pursue advanced studies. Sarah H. Moss Fellows are chosen by a committee each year based on the applicant’s qualifications as a scholar and teacher, contributions to UGA and their overall potential as a faculty member. Gandhi said she is using the fellowship to “conduct research on forest insects and pathogens at the Forestry and Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria in South Africa.” Christine Fortuin, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Kamal Gandhi’s lab, recently won the 2016 EPA STAR Fellowship. Fortuin was recognized with the highly competitive, three-year fellowship for her work on the interactions between forest management practices and wild pollinators. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science To Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program supports


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Several Warnell graduate and undergraduate students have conducted research projects on in vitro propagation of chestnut and other forest trees in Scott Merkle’s lab over the past 20 years. Now, for the first time, a gift to Warnell from John Allan of Atlanta has made it possible to support a student internship in the lab to help with research on American chestnut restoration, which is being conducted in collaboration with The American Chestnut Foundation. The lab’s first “Chestnut Intern” is Marjorie “Maisie” MacKnight. The Warnell junior is majoring in wildlife and fisheries ecology and has a large interest in conservation. She also won two scholarships at the annual Warnell Spring Awards Banquet last April — the Gordon J. Yancey Scholarship and an Alumni Scholarship. She’s also active outside of Warnell — she’s a UGA Majorette, practicing hours each week and committing her time during Georgia football season. “Maisie actually started working in the lab last May as an hourly wage worker, mainly cleaning glassware,” Merkle explained. “But she became interested in the chestnut research and now, as an intern, is learning different aspects of the chestnut in vitro propagation procedure. She is helping with everything from culture initiation to somatic seedling production.”

Maisie MacKnight

Dr. Elizabeth Benton recently won the 2016 Southern Forest Insect Work Conference Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the North American Forest Insect Work Conference. Benton, a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, has joined the Warnell faculty.

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The Warnell School has launched a newly redesigned website that boasts a clean, updated look, offering visitors easier access to information about the oldest forestry school in the South. Visitors to the new, mobile-friendly site can easily find information about enrollment, classes, alumni involvement, outreach and research initiatives, and facts about Warnell’s long history as a leader in natural resources management, teaching and research. A new, robust directory also quickly guides visitors to contact information for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Visit the new site at

masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Fortuin’s project is looking at the effects of native bees on agriculture and their importance to healthy functioning ecosystems and forest regeneration. She is specifically focusing on the effects roadway management, herbicide use, clearcutting and thinning practices have on native pollinator populations and community structure.


A Warnell master’s student was one of just 12 UGA students to receive a National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award earlier this year. Micah Miles studies the urban ecology of reptiles and amphibians in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. He also works to further public awareness about urban wildlife and increase environmental literacy for all ages by collaborating with artists to create signs for urban parks and green spaces. This award recognizes and supports outstanding early career graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Dr. Michael Conroy is spending his fall semester at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, courtesy of a Fulbright award. Conroy’s grant, awarded by the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, will allow the senior research scientist in wildlife biometrics to work with Dr. Aaron Fisk and others at the University of Windsor and its Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. They’ll be studying Arctic and Great Lakes fish population data, and Conroy will also be teaching classes in statistical modeling. Conroy returns in December. “l look forward to these collaborations and cross exchange of ideas, and to returning to somewhat warmer temps in January,” Conroy said.

The University of Georgia is the first school in the SEC to implement a Green Lab Program (GLP), which is currently under development by Warnell graduate Star Scott (BSFR ‘01). The purpose of the program is to implement sustainable practices and technologies into UGA’s 1900+ research labs. The program reduces water, energy and hazardous chemical usage, and projects an annual savings of $187,000. The program will create tremendous improvement on our main campus and in our town. Research labs use five times the resources of a classroom and generate tons of waste each year. This program is about small changes that can be made which will have huge impacts on resources consumed without compromising the quality or ease of the research conducted. Many of the initiatives from the GLP identify simple steps toward sustainable lab practices, such as stickers to remind lab workers to close fume hoods when not in use, and postings to help educate users to know if autoclaves are malfunctioning. Automatic timers are provided for benchtop equipment, such as water baths, for labs that leave equipment turned on 24/7 so it will be ready when the researcher needs to use it.

Former UGA Provost and Warnell Dean Arnett Mace was honored by The Langdale Company this past summer for his years of dedicated service on its board. Mace was presented with two plaques in recognition of his service, which spanned 24 years between The Langdale Company and the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation. Pictured left to right are: Jim Langdale, Dr. Arnett Mace, Langdale Company President Wesley Langdale, and Warnell Dean Dale Greene. Mace has continued to be a longtime supporter of the Warnell School even after retiring from UGA, and he is a champion of the forest industry.

The biggest cost savings of a single initiative will be to “temperature tune” ultra-low freezers from -80 to -70. This reduces the energy consumption by 20 percent or more. If 500 ultra-lows at UGA were temperature tuned, it would save us about $60,000 annually. Most research samples do not require storage at -80 and are stable are much warmer temperatures. In fact, the move to -80 storage was actually driven by the refrigeration industry, not by scientific need. Scott (pictured left) has advocated for this program for many years, since her time as a research professional in the Odom School of Ecology and Warnell, and is excited to bring this program back to her roots in Warnell. For more information on the Green Lab Program, please email or visit

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PMRC celebrates 40th anniversary, looks to the future


here’s no doubt that the Plantation Management Research Cooperative has beaten the odds. When Dr. Jerry Clutter founded the PMRC in 1976, the UGA forest biometrician actually launched a program now known worldwide for its biometrics and silvicultural research and management tools.

South. The studies initially conducted by the PMRC set the foundation for the strong biometrics and silvicultural research conducted today. Kane said with a new strategic plan in place, the PMRC now has a heavy emphasis on analytical projects such as quantifying uncertainty in growth projections and validating and improving current model systems that build on a very active South-wide field program.



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It’s not the only cooperative that’s been around, said Dr. Michael Kane, director of the PMRC. With 20 member orgaBut it’s definitely one of nizations, the PMRC the few to celebrate 40 memberships cover more years. “There have been than 15 million acres a number of co-ops in across the South. Unlike the South similar to the other cooperatives, 95 PMRC, and some have percent of all field work survived and some havfor the PMRC is done Current and past PMRC faculty, staff and students. en’t,” Kane said. “For the by its own field crews. PMRC to reach 40 years This includes study esand to still be so active, it’s a testimony to the interest in tablishment, application of treatments, maintenance and the private sector and the contributions from Warnell.” measurements. Having these tasks done by a dedicated crew guarantees that the PMRC has the best data for When Clutter founded the PMRC, he introduced analysis, Kane said. The large database developed over 40 Southern forest managers to computer simulations, operyears, extensive field study program, engaged cooperators, ations research and sophisticated growth and yield modand a committed Warnell team position the PMRC to els. The PMRC’s first priority was to develop growth and continue making significant contributions to forest science yield tables for the millions of acres of plantations in the and practice.



C A L E N D A R S !

WILDLIFE SUPPER 2016 Hosted by the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society Saturday, April 22, 2017 • Flinchum’s Phoenix Social Hour 4-6 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Adults $10, children 10 and under $5 • Tickets available at the door All faculty, staff, students and alumni are welcome to attend this annual tradition of food and fun!

Contact Colleen Piper at for information


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Questions with Bynum

Bynum Boley Current Position:

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism


PhD, Virginia Tech; MS, University of Montana; BSFR, University of Georgia.

Classes Teaching:

Ecotourism & Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship and Resource Management, Introduction to Travel and Tourism

Personal Info:

Married to Katherine Boley; two sons: Zemp (3) and Calhoun (1); Deacon at Redeemer Presbyterian Church

As a Warnell alumnus, how do you blend your experience of being a student here with teaching a new generation of natural resources professionals? Being a former Warnell student was intimidating at first with so many of my professors still on the faculty. With a couple of years under my belt, I now see it as an advantage. I am only about a decade removed from being in their shoes, so I am very familiar with the stress and challenges that students face


as they work through our program. I also know how important the Warnell family is and the importance of fostering this atmosphere during the short time students are here.

Your research heavily focuses on tourism. What about tourism do you find so interesting? I am passionate about how tourism and the dollars exchanged between tourists and destinations can be harnessed as an economic force for the protection and promotion of all things unique within communities. With the right mindset, every community regardless of size, history or location has something interesting to offer tourists. I love helping these communities discover their unique natural and cultural features and the resulting pride they have from sharing these special features with visitors from around the world.

How do you inspire students to think critically about tourism and its effects on the environment? Unfortunately, tourism is not always the “goose that lays the golden egg.” All too often, tourism can “fowl its own nest” and lead to the degradation of the very natural resources tourists come to see. I try to get students to wrestle with the many positive and negative environmental, social, and economic impacts tourism has on destinations. This type of complexity leads to lively class discussions because these triple bottom line impacts (environmental, social, and economic) are often at odds with

one another. Rather than having right or wrong answers, I try to give students a set of principles for sustainable tourism development and encourage them to enter into this complexity with the goal of maximizing the positive benefits of tourism while minimize its negative impacts.

What kind of tourism research interests you? I like tourism research that looks into incentives for sustainable tourism development. People often focus on the intrinsic reasons for sustainability, but I think tourism provides a strong economic incentive to protect natural and cultural resources.

How does your knowledge as a travel expert affect you personally when you go on vacation? Our natural resources are a treasure and a gift; we have a great opportunity and responsibility to be good stewards for future generations. Education, leadership and effective communication of science to non-scientists are critical. One passionate person can make a difference, but passionate people working together in teams can accomplish so much more.

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NEW FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Name: Elizabeth Benton Position: Forest Health Outreach Specialist Sandi Martin

Education: BS ‘02, University of Mobile; MS ‘06, University of South Alabama; PhD ‘16, University of Tennessee


Personal: Married with two children, ages 8 and 10; website:


Where I was before Warnell: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee My research/extension interests: Developing and improving pest management solutions to promote healthy trees and forests, assessing and minimizing environmental risks of pesticide use, and delivering forest health guidance to Georgia stakeholders

Name: Caterina Villari

Education: BS ’05 and MS ‘08, University of Florence (Italy); PhD ‘12, University of Padua (Italy). Personal: Married to Filippo — we love traveling, hiking, music and good food

Classes I am teaching: Co-teaching forest health and protection My research Interests: My main scientific interest has always been centered on the interactions between trees, fungal pathogens and herbivores, with particular attention to chemical ecological aspects. My work focuses mainly on symbioses between bark beetles and Ophiostomatoid fungi, and on tree defense mechanisms, driven by the curiosity to understand the role of associated fungi in bark beetle establishment in the host. My approach to answer these research questions involves ecological, metabolomic and molecular analyses. Why I came to Warnell: I was searching for an engaging environment where forest and trees were the main focus, and where, besides conducting my own research, I could be involved in other new and stimulating collaborative projects. I was glad to find that environment in the Warnell School, which is a landmark in forest sciences and has a centennial tradition. Plus, I love pine trees, and Georgia definitely has them!

Name: Alex Bucksch

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Position: Assistant Professor Education: BSc and MSc, Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany); PhD, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)


Personal: I enjoy rock climbing


Where I was before Warnell: Georgia Institute of Technology My research interests: Computational plant science with a focus on roots and their environmental adaption using imaging and simulation tools

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Why I came to Warnell: I am a joint hire between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Biology and the Institute of Bioinformatics. The joint position is a nationwide, unique possibility for interdisciplinary research across traditional disciplines at an outstanding university.



Where I was before Warnell: Postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University

Sandi Martin

Position: Assistant Professor, Forest Pathology

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Name: Jon Caulfield Position: Hargreaves Distinguished Professor of Forest Finance Education: BS ’75, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; MS ‘81, N.C. State; PhD ‘84, N.C. State Personal: This year Didi and I celebrated our 40th anniversary and 20 years in Athens. We are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church. My hobbies include hunting and fishing; Didi is an avid fisherwoman and cook. Where I was before Warnell: I’ve spent most of the last 25 years in the TIMO industry and as an industry consultant. I was on the UGA forestry faculty from 1996 to 2000 and at Auburn from 1984 to 1992. Classes I am teaching: Currently a work in progress, but classes will include forest finance and economics. My research interests: Like most forest economists my training and early research focused on micro-level analysis. While in the TIMO world I realized there was much to learn about how macro drivers and trends impact forestry globally, nationally and regionally. A closely related interest is international forestry; as the forest products sector has globalized, timberland investments have followed. Finally, I have a longstanding interest in timberland as an asset class and how it relates to other assets in what has become a slowergrowth world with a paradoxically riskier investment environment. Why I came to Warnell: Warnell features the country’s best forest business curriculum and the nation’s only dedicated Center for Forest Business. I worked closely with both while here in the 1990s. In the private sector I continued that involvement via an adjunct faculty appointment, as a member of the CFB Advisory Board, and by hiring a half-dozen UGA Forest Business/Economics graduates over the years. When the opportunity arose to return to the program earlier this year I didn’t have to think twice about applying.

Name: Yanshu Li



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Position: Forest Economics and Taxation Outreach Specialist Education: BS ’97, Shanxi University; MS ’03, Purdue University; PhD ’06, Auburn University Personal: Married to Zhenchuan Fan, have one 10-year old daughter, Lindsay Where I was before Warnell: Forestry officer on the Forest Economics and Statistics Team in the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from January 2013 to August 2016; Forest economist, Texas Forest Service from August 2007 to December 2012. My outreach and research interests: My outreach interests focus on providing education and information on forest-related taxation, economics of forest investment and management, forest products market analysis, and full economic benefits of forests. My research interests lie in economic analysis of issues related to forest taxation, forest economics and policy, and their economic, environmental and social implications on forest management. Why I came to Warnell: I chose Warnell because of its strong faculty team with various interest areas in forestry and natural resources and its long and renowned tradition of special emphasis on the integration of research, outreach and teaching. Additionally, the school is well situated in Georgia, where the forests and the forest sector play an important role in the environment, economy and livelihood of many residents. Closely working with the local forestry community will allow me to make more effective use of my experience and knowledge in the area.

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Name: Joe Conrad Position: Assistant Professor, Forest Operations Sandi Martin

Education: B.S., University of the South; MF and PhD, Virginia Tech Personal: Married to Anna Conrad. We have two dogs, Rusty and Dudley. I enjoy hunting and fishing.


Where I was before Warnell: Assistant professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Classes I am teaching: Forest harvesting and roads; field orientation, measurements, and sampling in forestry and natural resources; forest operations study tour My research Interests: I conduct research in forest operations with a focus on timber harvesting efficiency and delivered wood cost. The goal of my research is to generate data that will help forest managers implement their management plans efficiently and allow timber harvesting professionals to harvest and deliver timber to Georgia’s forest industry at a competitive cost. Specifically, I am interested in timber harvesting productivity and cost, timber harvesting on small forest parcels, logging capacity utilization, timber procurement, and the impact of policies/restrictions/regulations on harvesting costs. Why I came to Warnell: Georgia harvests more timber each year than any other state in the U.S. and has a strong forest products industry, which makes this the perfect place to study forest operations. Furthermore, Warnell’s outstanding reputation, strong connections with the forest industry through the Center for Forest Business, and the forest operations research conducted here by my predecessor, Dean Dale Greene, made this an incredible opportunity.

Name: Kyle Woosnam

Where I was before Warnell: Associate professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Science. Classes I am teaching: NRRT 4700: Social Science Methods and Techniques in Natural Resources and FANR 1100: Natural Resources Conservation My research interests: I focus on sustainable community tourism development, primarily in the areas of social-cultural impacts communities experience as well as the relationships that exist between locals and visitors. I enjoy engaging in research projects that take me all over the world that include World Heritage Sites, coastal and mountain regions, and amenity-rich destinations in and adjacent to parks. Why I came to Warnell: I came to Warnell to experience a faculty climate where opportunities exist to collaborate with colleagues from various disciplines and fields. I look forward to bringing my social science experience in research methods, measurement and statistics to such collaborative endeavors. Being part of one of the best forestry schools throughout the world is also quite a benefit!

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Personal: I was born one month after Elvis passed away (my folks remind me of this from time to time). I’m from Northern Illinois originally and grew up on the Kankakee River in Momence. I met my wife, Margaret, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 2001 while we were both pursuing our masters degrees. We married in 2003 and completed our PhDs concurrently from Clemson University (she in 2007 and me a year later). We have four lovely children; Josie (10), Ellie (8), Brady (5), and Sammy (2). Things I enjoy doing are homeschooling our children in math and language arts, running and cycling, woodworking, and dendrology. Our faith is quite important to us as we are members of the PCA denomination as well.


Education: BS ’01, University of Illinois; MS ’03, Virginia Tech; PhD ’08, Clemson University

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Position: Associate Professor, Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism

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TimberMart-South celebrates 40 years, 20 in Warnell


orty years ago, Frank Norris saw something missing in the timberland industry. Private landowners didn’t understand the value of their timber, and consultants working in unfamiliar regions were struggling to understand the market prices. The 1947 Warnell graduate had an idea, and TimberMart-South was born. Forty years after it started — and 20 years after it moved to Warnell — TimberMart-South is now a worldwide market service that continues to grow. For two decades, Norris singlehandedly produced the timber price reports that are now widely used by forest industry, Wall Street analysts, consultants, landowners and others. While putting together a deal in Florida in the 1990s, fellow Warnell alum, Dennis Carey had a fortuitous meeting with Norris in his North Carolina home. Carey learned that Norris was producing the report out of a home office — and had no succession plan for the service.

“Frank was a true professional and visionary,” said Warnell Professor and TimberMart-South Publisher Tom Harris. “He saw a need and built a business to meet that need. I am pleased and honored to have known him.” TimberMart-South not only celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, but also its 20th anniversary of being affiliated with Warnell. TimberMart-South has continued to grow, with subscriptions to the quarterly report more than doubling, and it has supported more than 125 graduate students since its move to Warnell 20 years ago. Norris recently died after a brief illness (see obituary on Page 37). “Thank you to our subscribers and reporters for their continued support,” Harris said. “We at TimberMart-South look forward to continuing and expanding this service to our industry and pursuing Frank’s vision.”

This meeting ultimately led to TimberMart-South relocating to the Warnell School, operating under the Frank W. Norris Foundation, and allowing Norris to retire.

Leave your legacy Naming opportunities available at Warnell Launched just last year, a program that allows alumni and friends to name a room at Warnell has already gained significant support from those who want to “leave a legacy.” Several rooms at Warnell – including the Dean’s Conference Room and several classrooms – are pending or already fully sponsored.

Your generosity will be recognized on the outside and inside of the rooms including a plaque that describes the story behind your gift. Investing in the facilities support fund is a great way to leave your legacy while enhancing the Warnell student experience. Funds for this initiative are invested to ensure immediate needs are met while providing a resource for years to come.



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But there are still more rooms available for those who wish to leave their mark on the Warnell School and help raise funds for the next generation of natural resources professionals. Funds raised through this program will upgrade our existing facilities, providing the best learning opportunities for our students, and bring our classrooms up to basic campus-level standards.

The Alumni Legacy Room is the first to be dedicated.

A full list of rooms available for sponsorship can be found at: Fall 2016


RESEARCHNEWS Warnell researchers evaluating angler wants to create Georgia trout management strategy Cecil Jennings, head of the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an adjunct professor in the Warnell School, and fellow Warnell researchers Bynum Boley, Brian Irwin and Nate Nibbelink, have received $149,193 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to formulate a trout management strategy in Georgia. The overarching goal of their project is to increase both the amount and usability of socioecological information available to

managers when making decisions about the management of fisheries. The team will evaluate angler preferences for trout fishing in Georgia waters while also working to conserve trout habitats and protect wild stocks of fish. This research, which will also be used to train graduate students, will ultimately help managers make important decisions about fishing regulation and how and when to stock fish.



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Eastern White Pine now being attacked by Matsuoccus macrocicatrices in the Southeast Matsucoccus macrocicatrices has been found in the Southeast. Warnell researchers published an article in the Journal of Economic Entomology recently that shows that the insect is now feeding and reproducing on eastern white pine in the Southeastern U.S. This insect has previously been reported only from the Canadian Atlantic Maritimes and Northeast regions. Field surveys and molecular analyses positively identified the insect in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. It’s associated with dieback and mortality of all diameter classes of eastern white pine, they say in the paper. The Photo


insect was found embedded in cankers or on top of the bark with necrotic tissue under the feeding area, indicating that they may be creating wounds for opportunistic pathogenic fungi to infest. The paper was written by Angela Mech (a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington), Christopher Asaro (with the U.S. Forest Service), Michelle Cram (with the U.S. Forest Service), David Coyle (extension associate with the Southern Regional Extension Forestry), Penelope Gullan (with the Australian National University), Lyn Cook (with the University of Queensland) and Kamal Gandhi (Warnell associate professor).

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Stream sampling on Lower Flint River gives new hydrological insights for region With baseflow discharges in the Lower Flint River Basin declining in recent decades, researchers conducted coarse and fine-scale stream sampling on Ichawaynotchway Creek, a major Flint tributary. The project was led by then-Ph.D. student Kathleen Rugel, who was in both the Warnell School and the Odom School of Ecology, who worked with Warnell Professors Rhett Jackson and Todd Rasmussen and scientists at the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, where Rugel also studied. Dr. Rugel is now working on a book on water management issues. While declines can be attributed to increased regional groundwater withdrawals, the location and nature of connectivity between groundwater and surface water in this karstic region are poorly understood. Because growing water demands will likely be met by further development of regional aquifers, an important management concern is the nature of interactions between groundwater and surface water under natural and anthropogenic perturbations.

Prior water resource studies in the Lower Flint River Basin were based on regional modeling that neglected local heterogeneities in groundwater/surface-water connectivity. The goal of this study was to identify locations and patterns of enhanced hydrologic connectivity between the Creek and the Upper Floridian Aquifer. The study found that groundwater inputs were concentrated around five of 50 sampled reaches, evidenced by increases in multiple groundwater indicators at these sites. These five reaches contributed up to 42 percent of the groundwater detected along the entire 50-km sampling section, with approximately 24 percent entering through one groundwater-dominated tributary, Chickasawhatchee Creek. Intermittent flows occurred in two of these upstream reaches during extreme drought and heavy groundwater pumping, suggesting reach-scale behaviors should be considered in resource management and policy.

Warnell study finds private landowners have negative views of Endangered Species Act Warnell researchers have been studying what private landowners think about the Endangered Species Act of 1973 — possibly the most powerful environmental law in the United States. Complying with ESA regulations can cause economic losses for private landowners, and failure to comply can result in fines and even imprisonment. Current policies create an economic disincentive for maintaining habitat for listed species on private lands, thus undermining the very purpose of the ESA. Warnell Ph.D. student Lauren Ward, Drs. Gary Green and Bob Warren, and Professor Bob Izlar examined non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners’ perspective on the ESA by sending out an electronic survey to members of national and state forestry organizations across the U.S. Using multiple linear regression analysis, they found that attitudes toward the ESA, landowners’ past behavior, and private property norms were significant predictors of behavioral

intention to participate in hypothetical incentive programs. Overall, landowners preferred economic incentives — such as compensation for losses, tax deductions, and tax credits — to other potential incentives. Results show that wildlife conservation is an important land management objective for NIPF landowners, but their attitudes toward the ESA are generally negative. Landowners with more negative attitudes toward the ESA are less likely to participate in endangered species incentive programs. A change in policy from disincentives to incentives could help improve attitudes toward the ESA itself, thus enhancing wildlife conservation on private lands. This study illuminates NIPF landowners’ perspectives on endangered species conservation, with implications for future policy changes that could lead to more effective protection of at-risk species in America.

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Research News

Atlanta Beltline study to gauge resident perceptions Warnell researchers are looking at what residents in Atlanta really think about the Beltline project, which aims to network public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting neighborhoods. But these urban trails can be controversial developments due to their many positive and negative impacts — Dr. Bynum Boley is looking at what residents in three neighborhoods think of these urban trails through surveys. “We

anticipate our study will help cities better understanding how diverse resident groups perceive the positive and negative impacts of urban trails located within their neighborhoods,” Boley said. “We also plan for the findings to provide cities with suggestions on how to develop urban trails in a manner that increases resident support.” Boley and Warnell master’s student Nathan Palardy are compiling results now.

Water temperature drives seasonal migration patterns of bottlenose dolphins, Warnell study finds Warnell master’s student Anna Taylor has found evidence of something researchers have long suspected but not proven: bottlenose dolphins migrate when the temperature in the Atlantic Ocean changes. This migration explanation is laid out in a new paper published in Animal Migration by Taylor and co-authors John H. Schacke of the Georgia Dolphin Ecology Program, Todd R. Speakman of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Warnell Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Steven Castleberry, and Warnell Professor Richard Chandler.

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The bottlenose dolphin migrates seasonally along the east coast of the U.S., but researchers wondered what influenced this movement. Taylor and her co-researchers used photographic identification of individual dolphin fins to track the movements of dolphins at study sites on the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Dolphin fins are as unique as fingerprints, and researchers were able track nearly 1,000 dolphins for the study. They found that migratory movements along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts between spring and fall were prompted by water temperature, while water salinity explained seasonal abundance.


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Drivers get upset when they hit large animals and pets, but far less so when running over snakes A new study has found that drivers have very different attitudes when it comes to hitting wildlife with their automobiles. Brian Crawford (MS ’11, PhD ’16) and coauthor K.M. Andrews of the Savannah River Ecology Lab, surveyed people who went to Jekyll Island to find out what they think when they hit wildlife while driving. They

found evidence for something that many natural resource professionals have believed for some time: people are generally not upset when they hit snakes and hold negative attitudes toward this taxa. However, the researchers also found that these same people showed general concern for wildlife and positive attitudes toward turtles and mammals. Published recently in Animal Conservation, these results indicate that general conservation messages may be inadequate for changing people’s attitudes toward snakes, and species-specific outreach programs could be more effective at reducing human-caused threats, like road mortality.

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New hybrid sweetgums could boost paper, bionenergy production Warnell Associate Dean for Research Scott Merkle has crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives. They can also produce fiber year-round, Merkle said, unlike native trees. These new hybrids, being sold by ArborGen Inc. after extensive field testing, have enormous potential for the production of bioenergy and paper, he explained. “The very best hybrid sweetgums are being propagated to produce elite varieties, so that landowners will be able to plant trees that produce more biomass in a shorter time than the top-rated native sweetgum trees,” he said. Sweetgum trees thrive under diverse conditions, grow as fast as pine trees and provide the type of fiber needed for specialty papers — and they’ve long been desired by paper and bioenergy producers. But harvesting mature sweetgums can be costly because they typically grow the best on the edges of swamps and in river bottoms, which are often inaccessible during the wet winter months. Tests showed the new hybrids outperform either of the parent species by 20 percent in both growth rate and wood density. The hybrid varieties are co-owned by ArborGen, a forest seedlings company headquartered in South Carolina, and UGARF, the University of Georgia Research Foundation. ArborGen officials say they produced 300,000 rooted cuttings this year and sold out before the hybrid could even be marketed.


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Merkle decided to combine hybrid breeding with somatic embryogenesis, an in vitro process of mass propagating trees from somatic cells — essentially propagating the embryos from seeds produced from crossing the two sweetgum species. Combining two techniques — hybridizing and propagating — sped up testing that could have taken much longer, Merkle said. It also allowed them to more accurately test the quality of the new trees than by growing one tree from one seed and then waiting. After planting the seedlings, researchers simply watched to see which ones fared the best, ultimately narrowing it down to four varieties that showed the best growth rate and the densest wood.

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Hands-on learning comes to UGA

Warnell excels at experiential learning

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The University of Georgia has figured out something Warnell students and alums have known for years: Sometimes you do your best learning when you actually get your hands dirty. Although the Warnell School — and some other UGA colleges — have offered hands-on learning experiences for years, it was only in 2015 that the university decided that all undergraduates, regardless of major, would need to fulfill an experiential learning requirement. With this new rule, which went into effect fall semester 2016, UGA became one of the largest public universities in the nation to require incoming undergraduates to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities like undergraduate research, study abroad, service-learning, or internships in order to graduate. Future Georgia graduates would not only have vital coursework under their belts, but they’ll also have the real-world experiences that could land them their dream job. Each of UGA’s 14 schools and colleges were tasked with determining courses and experiences students could take to fulfill this requirement. That was no problem at all for Warnell. Dr. John Maerz helped draft Warnell’s experiential learning plan, and he also serves on UGA’s subcommittee that reviewed all proposals for the new requirement. It was clear during the drafting process that Warnell would have no trouble providing these opportunities for students, Maerz said.



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Before experiential learning became a mandate, he said, Warnell already had in place: formal internship programs with industry and government partners, senior projects or thesis required of all undergraduates that places them with external clients or independent research, hosting the largest study abroad program at UGA, professional field camps and programs, and service-learning courses and programs. “In essence, all Warnell had to do was submit its curriculum as an experiential learning plan, and it was well received,” he said.

Warnell was doing experiential learning…. Joseph Vaughn was sitting in Dr. Cristian Montes’ class when the forestry professor told them about the peculiar way top height definition varies around the world. It’s not only defined differently between countries, Montes told the class, but also between regions even within the United States. “I want to do that!” Vaughn thought to himself. “Now I’m kind of regretting it.” Vaughn, who will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in forestry this December, made top height definition the focus of his senior thesis project. He’s trying to find a superior definition to help create a more precise site index equation. Senior thesis has been enjoyable, he said, but also “frustrating.”

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have to do this before they could graduate, it wasn’t because they wanted to add another burden on undergraduates or put yet another item on the graduation checklist, Maerz said. It is to make sure that “every student who attends UGA will have some substantive learning experience outside traditional classroom experiences.”







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It can also help directionless students find a path, Maerz said. It can help identify career paths, enhance concepts they learn in class, offer networking opportunities, hone their professional skills or engage them in service. “It may also help students as they apply for jobs,” he said, especially as students ask UGA to include their experiential learning activities on an “Experiential Transcript,” which will complement their academic transcript. “The belief is that this transcript will be valuable for prospective employers because it helps them judge the content of student resumes, and therefore, students will be incentivized to have multiple professional experiences during their time at UGA,” Maerz said. The new requirement does not actually increase the number of credit hours students must obtain to graduate, but Maerz said it hasn’t come without challenges: How do we make sure there are enough opportunities for all the students at UGA?

A planner by nature, Vaughn said his project has thrown a lot of unknowns at him, and “week by week your project can change drastically.” It’s tough, he said, because he’s not only working on his thesis project but also trying to wrap up everything else he needs to graduate. But he’s also grateful for the experience, he said. “I wanted to go to grad school, and I wanted to get my feet wet with a thesis project.” His senior thesis is not only giving him that experiential learning experience UGA wants all students to have, but it’s also giving him a really good idea of what it’ll be like when he’s doing more research later on or out in the field with his career. “I can possibly change our profession,” Vaughn said. Experiential learning, simply defined, is “learning by doing.” When UGA officials decided that all students 22 The Log

There will definitely be a “significant increase” in the number of students seeking out the independent research opportunities, taxing faculty time and resources, he said. That has to be taken into consideration, not only at Warnell but across UGA. “We need to increase the number and diversity of professional internship opportunities, particularly outside forestry and forest business,” he said. “Some of our professional majors do not offer as many rigorous internship opportunities, particularly paid opportunities. We will need to develop these opportunities with our partners and alumni.” There’s also the problem that although many of the courses and other hands-on opportunities cost nothing extra to students, many of them do. This will be an issue for students with “financial constraints,” Maerz said. “Many students, particularly those who are first generation university students, do not have the financial means to study abroad or take an unpaid internship.

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Reynolds was picked for an internship at the Georgia Aquarium in the Quarantine Department after her freshman year. That was all she needed to know that marine and aquatic biology was for her — and it sparked a yearning for even more hands-on work. “Without receiving any type of credit for it, I pursued another internship this past summer with the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network,” she said. “Warnell has allowed me to gain invaluable experiences through hands-on learning that has guided my career path, and I can’t wait for all students across campus to have this same opportunity.”



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Vaughn said he thinks his fellow UGA classmates will ultimately see the benefits of hands-on learning, and he firmly believes this requirement is an investment by UGA in the future workforce.



Jessica Reynolds, a fisheries major who’ll graduate next May, thinks it’s about time students across campus got in on experiential learning. “Gaining experience in the field in which you wish to pursue your career is beyond important,” Reynolds said. “It’s the way for us as students to find out if this is the area we want to be involved with for the rest of our lives, whether that be through an internship, practicum, or volunteer experience.”

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“I feel like you have to ask around Warnell to find the specific opportunity that fits your needs,” Vaughn said. “That can be troublesome.”

“Even though this capstone project is on a much smaller scale compared to the work done in graduate school, it is nice to gain a sense of the demands and skills needed to complete such a project,” Vaughn said. “In the end I’ll have a stronger background in forestry, specifically in basic principles of silviculture and forest mensuration.”


Warnell might have already been ahead of the game when it came to meeting the experiential learning mandate, but Vaughn said there’s still room for improvement. Warnell’s doing a great job with hands-on learning, he said, from field courses to labs to even making available the outreach animals students can use in environmental education presentations. There are so many opportunities for experiential learning at Warnell, he said — except students don’t always know about them all.


The solution to that, Maerz said, would be for UGA and Warnell to increase scholarships, fellowships and paid internships for students in need.

While senior thesis can be frustrating at times trying to finish his project, he said, “I think that is why it makes this experience rewarding.” Not only is his thesis project giving him a good idea of what it’ll be like in graduate school, but it’s also giving him the communication skills he knows he’ll need when he’s looking for jobs. You can’t always learn these sitting in a U DYthings D classroom and taking notes ST OA from the whiteboard. ABR


We certainly don’t want the experiential learning requirement to create a class system, and we don’t want finances to limit opportunities for some students.”

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t didn’t take long for Matthew Thibodeaux to realize he didn’t want to stick with a bioechemistry major — or stay at Georgia Gwinnett College for that matter. The Snellville native was taking classes at GGC and majoring in biochem, but dreaming of the University of Georgia and natural resources. He just wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do once he made the switch. An introductory natural resources class taught by Drs. Elizabeth King and Joe Dahlen led him to Warnell’s forestry major, but it only took a couple of his major classes for Thibodeaux to realize he was “much more interested in water and soil resources than anything I had ever been interested in before.” And that’s how this 22-year-old senior — he’s due to graduate in spring 2017 — not only joined the water and soil ranks and the American Water Resources Association, but also became a student research assistant in the water and soil lab at Whitehall Forest. Right now he’s processing soil, plant and water samples for chemical analysis and helping with other student projects. “This position is a great balance of field and lab work, and I am able to work on skills that I will use in my career,” Thibodeaux said. Once he graduates, Thibodeaux wants to be an urban hydrologist. “An ideal job for me would be working with a city to better manage its urban water resources and advocate better wetland mitigation and management,” Thibodeaux said.

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“One of my favorite courses at Warnell was an introductory wetlands course, and I am very eager to do as much as I can to preserve these unique landscapes.” Like many Warnell students and alums, Thibodeaux grew up with a strong interest in the outdoors, a passion encouraged by his participation in the Boy Scouts of America. He said working his way up to Eagle Scout “completely shaped my career goals.” “I experienced a lot of natural resources through outings like whitewater rafting or weekend backpacking,” he said. “I can’t remember a month where we didn’t go camping in places like Providence Canyon or along the water at Panther Creek. It gave me an appreciation for natural resources and an eagerness to understand how they could be managed and conserved.” If the Scouts encouraged his love of the outdoors, Warnell is helping shape it into a career that will always intrigue him. In one of his classes, he said, he’s learning the different programming and modeling skills he’ll later use to create hydrologic models of watersheds. “I am really interested in these hydrologic models as ways to better predict how water flows in a landscape and how hydrologic processes can be analyzed quantitatively,” Thibodeaux said. “These models give us an insight to understanding hydrologic behaviors and how to manage them, although to quote George Box, ‘All models lie, but some are useful!’”

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Brigette Haram A few years ago, Brigette Haram was piloting a small plane on an unusual mission when she had an unsurprising realization: What her passengers were doing was far more interesting to her than being a corporate pilot.

Flying researchers as they tracked radio-tagged vultures stirred up childhood dreams of being a wildlife ecologist. Haram, who grew up a military brat, said she had a lot of “stops and starts” getting her bachelor’s degree. She had a dream, she explained, “but not really a plan.” But now, at 43, she’s very close to getting her Ph.D. in aquatic biology and starting that career she’s always wanted. “I was given some advice years ago,” she said. “What do you want your life to look like 10 years from now? How can you make it happen? Take advantage of opportunities. Ask for help if you need it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how many forks in your road, if you work hard and keep learning, you’ll get there.”

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Teaching high school was out, and research was in. She found out that Dr. Susan Wilde was trying to learn more about a disease killing bald eagles around the Southeast, so she volunteered to help with fieldwork on the project — and got offered a graduate position at Warnell. Now she’s focusing on what is known as Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy, a neurological disease that bald eagles acquire from

Haram has certainly taken an interesting road to Warnell. Graduating from high school in Italy, she started college as a biology major at 18, but moved around a lot. Over the years, she’s taken classes at multiple colleges. She’s also tried different careers, working in wildlife rehabilitation and as a massage therapist. When her family was stationed in Spain, Haram learned to fly, and in the late 1990s she added pilot to her list of jobs, moving to Augusta, Georgia. That’s where she met husband Knut, also a pilot. After the two married and Haram became pregnant with daughter Lily, she quit her flying job and ultimately enrolled at then-Augusta State University. She was in her 30s and had a young child at home. Returning to school was “challenging,” she said, but she planned to teach high school science after earning her bachelor’s degree. Instead, she found another fork in the road. “A friend of mine suggested I take a fish and wildlife field course which led me to seek out research experience, and I was hooked,” she said.

eating American coots, which get sick and die from eating aquatic plants coated with toxic cyanobacteria. Haram finds AVM fascinating, especially as they learn more about how it works and other aquatic species that may be affected. Haram’s trying to nail down the disease causing agent, which could be very helpful for future studies on the disease, including ways to stop it. “There are some really talented people working on AVM, and we are chipping away at this mystery bit by bit,” she said. “I believe we are close to a big step forward in our understanding of why AVM occurs and the scope of organisms at risk.”

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Hairy Dawg surprises Warnell Weekend visitors


hose attending Warnell Weekend this past spring didn’t just get the “Warnell experience.” A surprise guest VIP also gave them a taste of the University of Georgia when Hairy Dawg joined in on the fun at Whitehall Mansion. It was just another reason parents and alumni have been boosting attendance of the five-year-old spring event each year since it began. When it started, organizers just wanted to give everyone a bit of the “Warnell experience,” particularly parents who don’t always get to see what their children are doing in class or labs.

but then festivities ramped up the next day with tours, class lectures, field labs and a special forest history showing. Then on Saturday, visitors who came to tour Whitehall Mansion were surprised by Hairy Dawg, who joined in on the tour, posed for photographs and even practiced his sawing skills with Dean Dale Greene. Check back at for a schedule of events for next year’s Warnell Weekend.

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Weyerhaeuser Golf Tournament successful fall fundraiser Great weather meant great results this fall — for golf, attendance and fundraising. Held on September 30, the Weyerhaeuser Golf Tournament and it’s numerous sponsors raised nearly $84,000 for the Harley Langdale Jr. Center for Forest Business. Weyerhaeuser generously hosted this fundraising event, drawing dozens of alumni and friends to the Georgia Club just outside of Athens. The 2016 tournament proceeds will benefit the Center for Forest Business Support Fund in the UGA Foundation. “We deeply appreciate Weyerhaeuser and those sponsoring or playing in the tournament for their continued support of our programs and their generosity,” said Dean Dale Greene. “With great partners such as these, our Forest Business program will remain strong for years to come.”

Special thanks to our tournament Co-hosts:

Sponsors Deltic Timber Corporation

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Interstate Resources, Inc.

Forest Investment Associates

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Forest Resouces Consultants, Inc

Resource Management Service, LLC

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Warnell School celebrates student 85th Annual Spring Awards Banquet


he 85th annual 2016 Spring Awards Banquet this past spring attracted a record attendance as Warnell awarded more than 40 separate scholarships that support undergraduate and graduate education. Throughout the evening at the Athens Classic Center, guests learned of the many great achievements by our students and the Warnell School’s contributions to scholarships.

Our donors were also recognized, drawing attention to the extraordinary generosity of our patrons, who have created so many scholarships and endowed funds over the years. “With the generous support from our donors, the Warnell School is able to provide a large number of awards and scholarships to our students,” said Dr. Steven Castleberry, associate dean of academic affairs. “This year we awarded more than $175,000 to recognize the outstanding achievements of more than 100 students. We congratulate these students and thank all of our donors that make the awards possible.”

“Two years ago I received the Fred Haeussler memorial scholarship, and this year I am honored to be the recipient of the Georgia Division SAF scholarship. These scholarships take a tremendous pressure off of us as students and allow us to focus on the challenging coursework that we take in Warnell. There is no way I could have been as involved on campus as I am without the support of everyone here. To that end, I would like to thank all of our guests — the Warnell faculty, staff, donors, and all of the special friends of the school. We are so fortunate at Warnell to have the support of generous donors like y’all!” – Shane Patrick Matthews, undergraduate

“Donors, on behalf of my fellow scholarship recipients, thank you,” said graduate student Tara Gancos Crawford, recipient of the Martha Love May Scholarship. “Thank you for contributing to our well-being. Thank you for inspiring us to be accountable to a great legacy. Thank you for encouraging us to reciprocate for others the opportunities that you have afforded us. Thank you for helping us to establish ourselves as members of a multifaceted and renowned network. Thank you for empowering us to capitalize on opportunities to expand our worldview and skill set. Thank you for modeling the type of leadership we should aspire to replicate, and thank you for making a lifelong impact on our individual and collective professional journeys.” – Tara Gancos Crawford, graduate

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Wade Newbury

Alumni News

Student support a top giving priority By BRIDGET HARDEN


ast April, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources celebrated our 85th annual Spring Awards Banquet, a beloved tradition at Warnell. One of the oldest events of its kind at the University of Georgia, the Spring Awards Banquet has withstood the test of time and continues to impact our students and our community, providing an opportunity to recognize our students’ achievements and to honor those whose generosity has made everything possible. Increasing access to Warnell for all qualified students through both need-based and merit-based scholarships is a top giving priority for the school. Now more than ever before, contributions to Warnell’s thriving graduate program are of critical importance. Although Warnell is one of the smallest schools on campus, we have one of the largest graduate programs, with current enrollment nearing 200 students. I am pleased to announce that several new funds have been added to the program to support both our graduate and undergraduate students. New funds created in 2016 include: • The Martha Smith and Ed Newsom Cooper Graduate Fellowship, • The Clarence Lee Mutt Jr. Rhodes Graduate Fellowship, • The Burgin Timberland Endowed Scholarship in Forestry, • And the Young Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship fund, created by the Young Alumni Committee to support outstanding students of the Warnell School.

Bridget B. Harden Director of Development 706-542-6522

In addition to the funds above, the Robert J. Warren Graduate Fellowship was recently established in honor of faculty member Dr. Bob Warren for his outstanding career and achievements in wildlife ecology and management. Work has begun to secure funds for this endowment, and we look forward to awarding the fellowship in the near future. All of these funds would not be possible without our alumni and friends who are passionate about our program and our students. Strong student support assists Warnell in remaining one of the top programs in the country; our ability to recruit and maintain top students — particularly at the graduate level — will help us compete with other premier institutions for the best and brightest scholars in the field. As 2016 draws to a close, we encourage you to commit to Warnell by supporting our students who are our future forestry and natural resource leaders. If you would like to make a personal commitment to Warnell and impacting students is your passion, I welcome the opportunity to discuss options for you to either support an existing fund or create your own legacy. There are many options available to support the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources — a current gift, pledge or planned gift can transform a student’s life and is a wonderful way to show your commitment to Warnell and the University of Georgia.

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Alumni News

Name: Brian Keith Simmons Education: BSFR ‘93 Occupation: CEO of Owen & Williams Fish Farm Inc Years at Job: Part-time 1987-93, full-time 1994-present Hometown: Hawkinsville, Georgia Personal: Married to Janna Simmons; daughter, Brianna Simmons (18) and son, Braden Simmons (12). I enjoy coaching youth sports, especially softball and baseball, whenever I am not at working.

Alumni News

Alumni on the Job

Brian Simmons

How did you end up at Owen and Williams? I started working at Owen & Williams when I was a sophomore in high school as a part time summer job. I was intrigued by the hatching and growing processes of raising fish and decided to make a career out of it.

What’s a typical day like for you? A typical day at the farm starts in the office, checking on orders, and ends up at the hatchery or the ponds, making sure we are ready for the next day. Customers come and go as we harvest and feed fish for the upcoming days. Like all types of farms, maintenance of the facilities takes up most of our free time.

Is there a particular project you’re working on right now that really excites you? Establishing new stocking rates for recreational ponds, as well as trophy managed ponds, has been very interesting as we experiment with different ratios of bass to bream. Fishing habits of most customers has shifted from a food source to a form of recreation, and very little research has been done to change the accepted stocking rates to ensure balanced fish populations. Almost everyone in Georgia wants to grow a 10 to 12-pound bass in their lake. We are trying very hard to make that a possibility.

How did your experience at Warnell prepare you for what you’re doing now? My time spent at Warnell helped shape me and introduced me to friends and colleagues that I rely on still today. The classes at Warnell provided an extremely important background of knowledge that helps me grow fish, as well as handle customers professionally.

What advice would you give current students who’ll soon be looking for jobs? My advice to the students of Warnell is to learn as much as possible, take a few classes out of your normal major, and enjoy the experience that the forestry school provides. Professors and classmates will always be there for you — try to get to know them as much as possible.

How have you stayed connected to Warnell? I stay connected to Warnell by donating fish for research projects whenever possible as well as providing technical advice as needed. I have had the great opportunity to assist Dr. Jay Shelton with several continuing education classes for pond management over the years since I graduated. Whenever I can associate myself with the forestry school, I always take the opportunity seriously.

How did you get drawn to your industry? I was drawn to the aquaculture industry because of the newness of the industry. Great role models (Paul Williams especially) helped nurture my interest in hatching different species of fish. The aquaculture industry in Georgia was really just getting rolling in the 1980s, and I wanted to be a part of it. Photo

courtesy of

Brian Simmons

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Dean Dale Greene snapped a photo of some “Warnell legacy” recently. He calls them the “Marchinton Gang.” It’s (now retired Warnell) Professor Emeritus Larry Marchinton (seated) with his former graduate students. The gang was attending a retirement party for Dan Forster hosted by Dr. David Allen. (L-R standing) Mark Whitney (AB ’83, MS ’91, BS ’92),

assistant director of the Wildlife Resources Division for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Karl V. Miller (PhD ’85), Wheatley Distinguished Professor of Deer Management in Warnell; Dan Forster (BSFR ’86, MS ’88), retiring director of the WRD; and Brian Murphy (MS ’93), CEO of the Quality Deer Management Association.


Rusty Garrison (BSA ’80, MS ’84) was named the director of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources this past summer. Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years, having served most recently as the manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. Before his career with DNR, Garrison worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for nearly nine years. He is married to Sue, has three daughters, and is a proud grandfather.

Rob Olszewski (MS ’80) was posthumously awarded the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Sharon Haines Memorial Award for Innovation and Leadership in Sustainability recently. Rob passed away earlier this year after a long career in forestry. He had been Plum Creek Timber Company’s vice president for government affairs. His widow, Mary Olszewski accepted the award on his behalf. L-R: Jim Karels, Florida state forester; Rick Cantrell; Mary Olszewski; Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO.

Emily Jo Williams (BSFR ‘83, MS ‘86) attended the 2016 Sustainable Forestry Initiative Annual Conference recently and accepted the SFI President’s Award for the American Bird Conservancy, which was honored for its ecosystem-based approach to bird conservation. Williams is the Conservancy’s vice president of North American Birds and Habitats. Emily Jo Williams (left) is pictured with SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow

Dan Forster (BSFR ’86, MS ’88) recently retired as director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division after 26 years with the agency. Starting Oct. 1, he took on a new role as director of government relations for the Archery Trade Association. Forster also won the Seth Gordon Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies this past September. This award recognizes the lifetime achievements of natural resource administrators who have worked steadfastly and effectively for the best use of North American natural resources and the public trust therein. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children live in Social Circle.

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Class Notes

Susan King Allen (MS ’88) is now the associate director for hotel operations at the University of Georgia’s Georgia Center Hotel.


Mike Mathis (BSFR ’95) is working as operations administrator at the Florida Forest Service in the panhandle of Florida. He is celebrating his 18-year anniversary to his wife. The couple have three wonderful boys.

Tina Hannon (MS ’06) won the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award at the Governor and Cabinet’s Sept. 20 meeting in Tallahassee. Hannon is a biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area. This award recognizes outstanding resource management achievements by the hundreds of resource managers who protect state properties. Hannon has been with the FWC since 2006.

Jonathan Day (BSFR 96) recently accepted the position of head of Upper School at Savannah Country Day School.


Josh Harrell (MFR ’03) has been named a 2016 Society of American Foresters Fellow. The Fellow Award is a prestigious award that recognizes an SAF member for long-standing service to forestry at the local, state and national level. The SAF Fellow is recognized as an ambassador for the advancement of forestry. Harrell is a regional investment forester with Forest Investment Associates. Thomas Reinert (PhD ‘04) has been appointed regional director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s South Region. Reinert will be working with commissioners, legislators, partner agencies and stakeholders to address a variety of fish and wildlife issues, including pythons in the Everglades and recovery of the endangered Florida panther.

Elissa Riley (BSFR ’07, MNR ’11) was recently awarded the YWCA: Lower Cape Fear 2016 “Women of Achievement Award” in the Environmental category. The WOA Awards provide recognition for outstanding contributions and achievements of women active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Riley currently works as the education coordinator for the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District. Riley (center) is pictured with several county commissioners and staff.

Jonathan (MFR ’05) and Megan Smith welcomed son Jonathan Grayson Smith on Oct. 22, 2016. He weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20.75 inches long. The elder Jonathan Smith is price editor for TimberMart-South.

Kristen Peney (BSFR ’07) became the community programs manager for The Landings, a private residential community on Skidaway Island. “It is a brand new position created in response to resident request for a position specializing in providing environmental education and healthy lifestyle program opportunities capitalizing on the natural resources within community — a perfect fit for my NRRT background,” she said. “I also see the possibility for future NRRT senior project work for anyone interested in community programming.” Jane Diener (BSFR ’12) has recently obtained a full-time job for University Housing at the University of Georgia as the new sustainability coordinator. This is a brand new position that Jane helped develop over the course of her doctoral internship in sustainability at University Housing from 2013 to 2016. This new position allows Jane to work with students and staff to promote environmental sustainability and good conservation habits. Jane advises the EcoReps, a group of students who serve on the community councils across campus to promote environmental awareness and behavior in the residence halls. Jane will run annual events for Housing, including move-in recycling efforts and the Green Cup, an energy and water conservation competition. Jane will also coordinate the annual move-out donation event, Dawgs Ditch the Dumpster and Donate, which diverted more than 70,000 pounds of students’ unwanted items from the landfill and redistributed them to community organizations in need. Nick Forsburg (MFR ’15, MBA ’16) was selected as one of the Top 5 MBA students by the UGA Terry College of Business in the Class of 2016. Forsburg is now a timberland acquisition analyst at Forest Investment Associates. continued next page Fall 2016


Class Notes

Serenia Larrison O’Berry (BSFR ’14) married Brian O’Berry on April 16, 2016, in White Oak Georgia, “under

a grove of Live Oak trees. We traveled to the Dominican Republic for a week long honeymoon.”

Warnell honors distinguished alumni at Homecoming

A native of Madison County, Carey (BSFR ’74) started his career with Buckeye Cellulose Corp., but he left to start his own business. He founded Pine Timber Wood Production Inc. and Pine Timber Trucking Inc. in Oglethorpe, Georgia, in 1984 and currently partners with John Morris Sr. and Doug Wilkins. He is also the sole owner of Southern Wood Suppliers Inc., a chip mill in Macon County, Georgia, that in the 1990s provided more than half a million tons of hardwood chips per year to Japanese customers.

She was also named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 earlier this year. This program recognizes exceptional young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors. The 40 Under 40 program, created in 2011, honors alumni under the age of 40 who demonstrate commitment to UGA and who have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and philanthropic endeavors. Recipients for the award are nominated by their

Sandi Martin

The Warnell School recently honored two alumni for their service to the school and influence on the natural resources industry. At Homecoming festivities recently, Warnell named Dennis Carey the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus and Amanda Lang the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Lang (BSFR ’05, MS ‘08) is a partner and senior consultant at Forisk Consulting, an Athens-based company that analyzes forest supplies, wood demand and timber pricing to develop forecasts and guidance for its clients. Lang first interned at Forisk in 2005, and joined the company in 2007, working up to partner from project manager and education coordinator. She leads Forisk’s bioenergy research program and manages client consulting projects. She is also a past chairman of the Warnell Young Alumni Committee and is the current chair of the Georgia Division of the Society of American Foresters.

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In addition to his businesses, Carey had tremendous influence on the forest industry in another way – he was instrumental in the creation of the Frank Norris Foundation and the move of TimberMart-South to the University of Georgia. peers, and an external selection committee reviews those nominations and chooses the new class of 40 Under 40. The campus-wide collaboration is supported by the division of development and alumni relations, division of student affairs and all academic departments. Nominations open each spring and honorees are announced mid-summer. Then, in early fall each year, the campus community gathers for the 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon to celebrate these individuals’ leadership in business, research, the arts, philanthropy and education.

Class Notes

Why I Give

Regan Durkin


provided by

Regan Durkin


Regan Durkin is not a Warnell graduate. But this alumna of the Terry College of Business proves that the casual connections we make in life can lead to amazing gifts. Enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at UGA, Durkin was tasked with bootstrapping a business in just one semester. Problem was, she didn’t know what business she wanted to do, something she talked about with her Sunday School teacher— Warnell’s Dr. Robert Bringolf. “Well, we have all this basil growing at the aquaponics lab and no plans for it if you’d like to do something with that,” he told her. Not only did Bringolf ’s suggestion lead to her creating a pesto business that earned a 50 percent profit, but it also led her to Warnell. She was so enamored with the aquaponics program, she appealed class restrictions to enroll in a Warnell Sustainable Aquacuture class. And that’s where she truly fell in love with aquaponics. She even teamed up with Warnell alum Elizabeth Hincker (MNR ‘16) to create an aquaponics initiative in Clarke County that has now expanded to six

schools in Athens and other counties throughout Georgia. During this time she recognized the need for an aquaponics training facility and learned of efforts to build such a lab, which stalled when the aquaponics team ran $5,000 short. A fundraising solution eluded the team until one weekend when Durkin attended a wedding. Chatting with a family friend, Durkin was told, “My husband and I have been praying, and we feel like we are supposed to make a financial gift to help you make a difference in the world.” Durkin arranged for a portion of the funding to provide the $5,000 needed to finish the greenhouse, which was completed in July 2016. “The impact that this initiative will have on schools, farmers, communities and beyond is going to transform the way educators teach, students engage, and farmers produce,” Durkin said. “The developing Warnell aquaponics program is stewarded by a team of outstanding Warnell faculty who are not only leaders in their fields, but who care deeply to better the lives of others.”

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In Memoriam

Charles O. Wike Charles O. Wike (BSF ’50), of Columbus, Georgia, died July 9, 2016, at home surrounded by family. He was 89. Wike, son of the late Charles Oscar Wike and Kate Ozmer, was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Atlanta. Wike served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Wike earned his bachelor’s degree from Warnell, and then a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Michigan. In addition to his service in the U.S. Navy, Wike was also an educator and retired a second time from the Muscogee County School District.

An active volunteer in his community, Wike was involved with St. Francis Hospital, Spring Opera House, River Centre, Chattahoochee Valley Sports Council and the Buick Challenge. He was also a member of Edgewood Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Katharine Ward Wike; and son, Charles Clifton Wike. He is survived by daughters, Evelyn Bain Riley and her husband Jake, Kay Wike Saunders and her husband Richard; grandchildren, John Mitchell Bain and his wife Alisha, Elizabeth Bain Denney and her husband John, Richard Vaden Saunders, Charles Garris Saunders and his wife Katharine; and five great -grandchildren.

Robert J. Olszewski Robert “Rob” Olszewski (MS ’80), of Marietta, Georgia, died April 19, 2016. He was 60. Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Lottie Magolan Olszewski and Carl J. Olszewski, Olszewski was drawn to forestry from his love of the outdoors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech University and then a master’s degree in forest hydrology from Warnell, launching his long, stellar career in the forest industry. He began working as a state forest hydrologist in Florida in 1980, and then becamse the forestry association director of governmental affairs. The Olszewskis moved to Atlanta in 1993 when he began working on the corporate side, first with Georgia Pacific and then with Plum Creek as vice president of environmental affairs. Olszewski was involved in several professional associations including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, National Alliance of Forest Owners, Forest Landowners Association, and advisory committees at Auburn University and UGA.

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Over the years, he was recognized for his work, including being named an Outstanding Alumnus by Michigan Tech in 2007 and a posthumous leadership award from the Sustainable Forest Initiatives in 2016. A frequent guest lecturer at UGA, Olszewski held his alma maters in high regard — he met wife Mary at Michigan Tech and the couple married while at UGA in 1979. Olszewski is survived by his wife Mary Girard Olszewski, their dog Mackie, his sister Carol (Olszewski) Schroeder, mother and father-in-law Duane and Bella Girard, brother and sister-in-laws; Dan (June) Girard, Wanda (Eric) Frimodig, Dennis (Helen) Girard, Nancy Downs, Mark (Kathryn) Girard, Elizabeth (Martin) Clark, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.


Don Richard Taylor Don R. Taylor (BSF ’63), of Greenville, South Carolina, died Thursday, June 2, 2016. He was 75. The son of the late Richard and Jane Holland Taylor, he was born in Tyler, Texas, and earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Warnell and a master’s degree in silviculture from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University. Active in the forest industry, Taylor served on various forestry-related boards during his career. He served as vice president of the forest products division when he retired from Champion International Corporation. He then became lead auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers for its sustainable resource systems program. He also conducted several research projects for the Wood Source Research Institute, and his final project was as volunteer administrative minister for Holland Park Church where he served as an elder for more than twenty years. He is survived by his wife, Shelba Morris Taylor; children Leigh Ann Taylor Vint, Richard Clayton Taylor, Rebecca Taylor Strickland and husband Brian; grandchildren, Georgina Vint, Cynthia Vint, Phoebe Vint, Noah Strickland, Aubrey Strickland, and Ricky Taylor; brother, Terrance Taylor and wife Gayle; sister-in-law, Ellen Duncan; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Vivi Taylor.

Frank W. Norris Frank Norris (BSF ‘47) passed away on May 31, 2015, at a hospice in Atlanta after a brief illness. He was 95. Born and raised in Highlands, North Carolina, Norris attended the University of Georgia for forestry, leaving for more than four years to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After serving in the Atlantic, Norris returned to UGA in 1945 and graduated in 1947. After graduation, he began his career in the private forest industry as a consultant, and then later owned a pulpwood dealership and logging business. He created TimberMart-South in 1976, launching a service that published timber price reports and market trends. It was with TimberMart-South that Norris made his lasting mark on forestry in the South (see Anniversary on Page 15). Norris was preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian Constanbater, and his second wife, Kathy Saviano. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Norris Uzan; stepson Michael Saviano; step-grandchildren, Julian Saviano, Marjorie Saviano, and Satu Saviano; nephew, Luther Turner Jr.; and three step great-grandchildren.

1930s Carter E. Graves (BSF ’38) of Charlottesville, Virginia, died July 2, 2016.

1940s Harry M. Hartman (BSF ’47) of Cumberland, Maryland, died Sept. 19, 2016.

1950s John B. Harmon (BSF ’51) of Mayfield, Kentucky, died Oct. 10, 2016. Socrates N. Macrigeanis (BSF ’51) of Manchester, New Hampshire, died July 23, 2016. James L. Teate (BSF ’54, MF ’56) of Paradise, Texas, died July 27, 2016. John R. Burns (BSF ’58) of Macon, Georgia, died Aug. 7, 2016.

1960s Ronald E. Alexander (BSF ’61) of Evans, Georgia, died March 22, 2016. Robert W. Mills (BSF ’63) of Bell, Florida, died May 31, 2016. Robert D. Frazier (BSF ’65) of Fayetteville, Georgia, died July 20, 2016. Harold W. Ragland (BSF ’67, MFR ’74) of Hazlehurst, Georgia, died May 11, 2016. Gordon H. Respess (BSF ’67) of Lakemont, Georgia, died March 24, 2016. Young G. Chambless (BSF ’69) of Cordele, Georgia, died July 10, 2016.

1970s Mark E. Hebb (BSFR ’74) of Blue Ridge, Georgia, died March 16, 2016.

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DONOR LISTING July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

The Page Family Revocable Trust Dr. Alfred Viola and Mrs. Joy Viola

$1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Mr. James I. Alfriend and Ms. Ellen Alfriend Mr. James P. Alfriend and Ms. Sarah E. Alfriend Mrs. Shirley S. Allen American Forest Management, Inc. American Museum of Natural History Andrews Business Services B & S Air, Inc. Mr. Earl D. Barrs and Mrs. Wanda Taylor Barrs Mr. Peter S. Bischoff Mrs. Christine A. Brownlie and Mr. Robert P. Brownlie Dr. Bronson Bullock

$10,000 & Up

$5,000 - $9,999

Mr. Barry L. Beers and Mrs. Naomi Beers


Mr. Robert Burgin

Mr. John M. Allan and Mrs. Juliet Allan

Burgin Timberland Management, LLC

Arborgen, Inc.

Fishport, Inc.

Brookfield Timberlands Management

Georgia Ornithological Society

Drax Biomass, Inc.

Mr. Travis B. Griffith and Ms. Jordan A. Griffith

Ms. Regan K. Durkin

The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC

Mr. James Cox Sr.

Mrs. Carol C. Haeussler

Georgia Council Trout Unlimited

Deltic Timber Corporation

International Plant Nutrition Institute

Mr. Thomas E. Haynes

Enviva, LP

Dr. and Mrs. Arnett C. Mace Jr.

Mr. Leonard D. Hogan Sr.

F & W Forestry Services, Inc.

National Council for Air Stream Improvement

Jones Lang LaSalle

Mr. Richard O. Fitzgerald

Mr. Thomas F. Norris

Dr. William M. Ford and Ms. Jane L. Rodrigue

National Wild Turkey Federation, Inc.

Dr. Anthony J. Cascio and Mrs. Julie R. Cascio CatchMark Timber Trust Mr. Louis M. Coffee III and Mrs. Kendra Coffee Community Foundation of South Georgia, Inc.

Mr. John R. Parker Jr. and Mrs. Kay Parker

Mr. Hank Page Jr. and Mrs. Susan Wood Page

Mr. Miles A. Stone and Mrs. Teresa W. Stone

Mr. Richard V. Saunders Sr. and Mrs. Kay Wike Saunders

Forest Landowners Association, Inc.

Southern Pine Plantations

Schwab Charitable Fund

Superior Pine Products Company

Mr. Philip D. Freshley and Mrs. Marilee Freshley

The Frank W. Norris Foundation

Mr. Frederick T. Stimpson III and Ms. Alicia Snyder

US Land and Farms LLC

The Campbell Group, LLC The Molpus Company

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Forest Investment Associates, L.P. Forest Resource Consultants, Inc.

G & C Fertilizer G. B. & Charlotte A. Saunders Foundation Inc.

This honor roll comprises donations made between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

Senator David H. Gambrell

*Mr. Robert J. Olszewski

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP

Gay Wood Company, Inc.

Plum Creek Foundation

*Don R. Taylor and Shelba M. Taylor

Georgia Forestry Association, Inc.

Pollard Lumber Company, Inc.

Timberland II, LLC

Georgia-Pacific Financial Management LLC

Mr. Druid N. Preston and Mrs. Carol Preston

Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. Tarrant

Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Rayonier Operating Company LLC

Dean Dale Greene and Dr. Jeanna Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reed

Ms. Ashley R. Turner and Mr. Jack G. Turner

Mr. William K. Guthrie and Mrs. Jill C. Guthrie

Mr. James O. Reed Resource Management Service, LLC

Hancock Natural Resource Group

Timberland Investment Resources

Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited Mr. James E. Wagner

Mr. John B. Harmon III Mr. Raymond M. Harrison and Mrs. Melody Harrison Harrison Forestry Co., LLC Mr. Charles B. Haygood Jr. and Mrs. Mary I. Haygood Haygood Legal PC Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Foundation Interfor Mr. Robert L. Izlar and Mrs. Janice E. Izlar Mr. Rex N. Johnson and Mrs. Patricia H. Johnson Mr. Tom E. Johnson III and Mrs. Diane M. Johnson Mr. Scott P. Jones and Ms. Deborah V. Jones JSB Forest Resources, LLC Mr. James C. Kidd Jr. and Mrs. Carolyn P. Kidd Mr. Jason E. Little and Mrs. Susan L. Little *Mr. Frank Lyon Jr. and Ms. Jane Lyon

“I started my Warnell journey with conducting graduate research on Cumberland Island with Bob Warren and white-tailed deer – how much better does it get than that? Dean Leon Hargreaves hired me when I graduated, and Dale Greene (way before he was dean) gave me a crash course in forestry. For the next 15 years I worked in different jobs at Warnell and had the privilege of collaborating with faculty, staff and students. Warnell produces outstanding graduates doing great things for natural resources. I give to support and continue that tradition.”

Mr. Robert G. McAlpine Jr. and Mrs. Cathy McAlpine

Susan King Allen MS ’88

McAlpine Properties Mr. Steve McWilliams Dr. Brooks C. Mendell and Dr. Elizabeth E. Mendell Dr. Joseph M. Meyers and Ms. June Meyers

West Rock Land & Development

Newport Timber LLC

Safari Club International Georgia Chapter

Oconee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Mrs. Bernice Stripling

Mr. James E. Wise and Mrs. Gladys Wise

New South Companies, Inc.

* Deceased


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$100 - $999 Anonymous AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA Mr. Joseph M. Allen and Ms. Susan K. Allen Mr. Phillip E. Allen

Mr. William R. Barnes

Mr. David L. Blalock

Mr. D. Chris Barneycastle

Mr. Larry Bloome

Mr. Andrew D. Barrs and Mrs. Carmen R. Barrs

Mr. Danny D. Blount

W. Craig Barrs and Mary Anne Ford “Annie” Barrs Mr. Alvin S. Bayme

Mr. Robert J. Allen

Mr. Robert E. Beach and Mrs. Frances Beach

American Wetlands Corporation

Beach Forest Management

Mrs. Danielle M. Atkins

Mr. Joseph L. Beasley and Mrs. Jannette Beasley

Mr. Robert T. Atkinson Sr. and Mrs. Ann West Atkinson

Mr. Luther K. Beason

BG James W. Boddie Jr. and Mrs. Shirley A. Boddie Mr. Willis F. Booth and Mrs. Lorna R. Booth Mr. Robert K. Borneman Jr. Mr. William I. Bowen Jr. and Ms. Kelly Mason Bowen Mr. Tim Bower and Ms. Leisa Bower Mr. Paul G. Boynton and Ms. Michelle Boynton Mr. Lawrence W. Braddock and Mrs. Pat Braddock Mrs. Rebecca Hamil Brown Brown & Brown Forestry Consulting Co. Mrs. Linda Browne Mr. Coley A. Bryant and Mrs. Karen L. Bryant Mr. Stephen G. Bullock

“I give to Warnell because it allows me to make a difference by investing in students who will impact wildlife conservation for decades to come. There is no better way to ensure a better tomorrow than by giving today.”

Burgundy Timber, Inc Mr. Joseph A. Burns Burns Forestry, Inc. Mr. Paul M. Butts Canfor Southern Pine Mr. Emmette E. Carroll III Mr. Eddie Cartee Mr. Douglas E. Carter

Brian Murphy MS ’93

Mr. Timothy L. Cash and Mrs. Judy Cash Caterpillar Inc. Mr. Thomas N. Cathey and Mrs. Deborah M. Cathey Mr. Justin L. Chafin and Mrs. Anna M. Chafin Mr. Steven A. Chapman and Ms. Autumn M. Chapman

Mr. Glenn T. Austin Jr. and Mrs. Cheryle J. Austin

Mr. William C. Beckham III and Ms. Melissa Beckham

Mr. Richard A. M. Avery

Ms. Katherine R. Bentley

Mr. William E. Babcock Jr. and Mrs. Marie Babcock

Mr. James B. Berdeen

Mr. Mark O. Bara

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Bethea

Barefoot Mountain Farms

Dr. Peter S. Bettinger and Ms. Kelly A. Bettinger

Mr. Wayne A. Barfield

William H. Breiner

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Chatahoochee Nantahala CP Chattahoochee Valley Forestry Services, Inc. Mr. William G. Cheatum and Ms. Marisue Hilliard Mr. Glynn S. Chesser and Mrs. Ginger Chesser City Drug Store Mr. Craig W. Clayton

This honor roll comprises donations made between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

Dr. Kim D. Coder and Mrs. Holly A. Coder

Mr. Nathan M. Fountain

Mr. Carter E. Coe

Mr. Hiram P. Franklin

Mr. Stephens L. Harp Jr. and Mrs. Brenda Harp

Mr. Arthur B. Collins III and Mrs. Marian Collins

Fulghum Fibres, Inc.

Mr. Thomas G. Harris Jr.

Mr. Lawrence C. Gannaway

Conservation Forestry LLC Mr. John C. Cook

Mr. George M. Garrett Jr. and Mrs. Linda K. Garrett

Mr. Grant T. Harvey and Ms. Rachel L. Harvey

Mr. Allen S. Cooper

Mr. Darrell A. Gates

Mr. David Henderson

Mr. James H. Cox Jr. and Mrs. Lori P. Cox

Mr. John D. Gentry Jr.

Mr. James D. Hickman

Mrs. Susan M. Cunningham

Mr. Richard George

Dasher Industries, Inc.

Georgia Division Society of American Foresters

Dr. Joseph E. Hightower and Ms. Donna Hightower

Dr. Claude-Leonard Davis and Mrs. Margaret Davis Mrs. Tina Davis-Fischlin

Georgia Forestry Association, Inc. Tree Farm Account

Mr. Louie F. Deaton

Georgia Forestry Foundation

Mr. Joseph M. DeGross III

Georgia Forestry Service

Mr. Gilbert R. DeHuff and Mrs. Mary Breedlove DeHuff

Georgia Power

Mr. Michael E. Dodd and Mrs. Jennie Dodd

Georgia Timber, LLC

Mr. Smith Dolliver Jr. and Mrs. Sharon Dolliver Mr. Jerry D. Dowdy and Mrs. Susan Dowdy

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Mr. John F. Godbee Jr. and Mrs. Carole Godbee Mr. John W. Godbee and Ms. Amy A. Godbee

Mr. Le V. Du

Mr. Charles M. Goodowns and Mrs. Judy P. Goodowns

Mr. Paul D. Dunagan

Ms. Katrina K. Gorse

Ms. Lisa K. Duncan

Dr. Gary T. Green and Mrs. Kimberly D. Green

Mr. Steven P. Dupont Ms. Julie Dyke Mr. John R. Eadie and Mrs. Kay L. Eadie Mr. Samuel W. Elliott and Mrs. Mary Elliott Mr. David R. Elmore Jr. and Mrs. Marsha J. Elmore Mr. Thomas E. Evans ExxonMobil Foundation Mr. Willard H. Fell Jr. Mr. James G. Fendig and Mrs. Ann Fendig First American Title Insurance Company Mr. George W. Flanders and Mrs. Cecile W. Flanders Ms. Christyne Livengood Ford Forest 2 Market Inc.

Mr. Aaron Hemmer

Mr. Charles G. Hill and Mrs. Paulette Hill Mr. John P. Hilliard Mr. Charles E. Hinson and Mrs. Myrna C. Hinson Mr. William A. Hinson III and Mrs. Katherine I. Hinson Mr. Larry M. Hodges Sr. and Dr. Donovan Hodges Mr. David Hogan and Mrs. Carol Hogan Mr. Herman T. Holbrook and Mrs. Lisa Holbrook Ms. Sharon A. Holbrooks Mr. A. Joseph Hopkins IV Mr. Jamie G. Houston IV Mr. Scott C. Howell Huber Engineered Woods, LLC

Mr. James F. Green and Mrs. Laura A. Green

Mr. Frank D. Huff and Mrs. Mary A. Huff

Dr. Charles A. Gresham and Mrs. Sands M. Gresham

Mr. Henry E. Hutcheson Jr. and Ms. Rhonda Hutcheson

Mr. Gordon F. Grizzle and Ms. Morgan B. Grizzle

Interfor US, Inc.

Mr. Victor U. Grose Jr.

Mr. Steven L. Jack

Mr. Troy H. Guthrie III

Dr. Rhett Jackson and Ms. Diana Jackson

Mr. Richard B. Haddock and Ms. Amy Haddock

Mr. Marshall A. Jacobson and Mrs. Susan Jacobson

Mr. Philip E. Hale and Mrs. Sarah Jones Hale

James, Bates, Pope & Spivey, LLP

Mr. Wade B. Hall Mr. and Mrs. R. Joseph Hamilton Dr. Alfred L. Hammett III and Mrs. Elizabeth R. Hammett

Forisk Consulting, LLC

Mr. Herman O. Hamrick and Mrs. Rachel J. Hamrick

Mr. Daniel L. Forster and Ms. Jennifer S. Forster

Mr. Donald W. Hansford and Mrs. Kelly M. Hansford

Mr. Charles G. Hughes

International Forest Company

Jamestown LP Joel Vinson & Associates, Inc. Dr. Kristina Johannsen Mr. Jesse W. Johnson Mr. Howard H. Jones Jr. and Mrs. Patricia Jones Dr. Michael B. Kane and Ms. Lida Kane Keadle Land Company, LLP

Mr. Kendall B. Fountain

Fall 2016


Dr. Forest E. Kellogg III and Mrs. Pat Kellogg Dr. George D. Kessler and Mrs. Marsha Kessler

Mr. Kit T. McCormick Mr. Smyth F. McCrady and Mrs. Rahn P. McCrady

Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Chapter F07 Oracle

Mr. Leonard N. McDaniel

Orbis GIS

CDR Samuel P. Killian III and Mrs. Martha Killian

Mr. Jess S. McNeill and Ms. Meredith E. McNeill

Mr. Dennis E. Palmer and Mrs. Julia Thigpen Palmer

Mr. Don B. Kimberly and Mrs. Jana Kimberly

Mr. Robert N. McWhorter and Mrs. Lea A. McWhorter

Dr. Susan E. Parker

Mr. Monty M. Kirby and Mrs. Mary A. Kirby

Mrs. Susan Metheney and Mr. Frank W. Metheney Jr.

Dr. James M. Kling and Mrs. Anne E. Kling

Metheney Charitable Gift Fund

Mr. Kenneth R. Peay and Ms. Leadaire S. Peay

Mr. Richard G. Koger and Mrs. Janice Koger

Metropolitan Life Foundation

Peeples Industries Inc.

Middle Georgia Timber, LLC

Mrs. Carrie H. Penn

Mr. and Mrs. Flynn Miller

Mr. Joe H. Phillips Jr.

Mr. John W. Mixon and Mrs. Sue Mixon

Pine Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District

Mr. Braddock K. Kyzer Ms. Kellie M. Laity Mr. Daniel J. LaMontagne Mr. John K. Lancaster

Dr. Clinton T. Moore and Mrs. Mary T. Moore

Mr. Joseph D. Parsons and Mrs. Melanie Parsons

Pine Timber Wood Production

Mr. Mark G. Morash and Ms. Lisa K. Morash

Mr. Wesley C. Polk and Mrs. Elena D. Polk

Ms. Sherri B. Morel

Mr. Kim W. Primmer

Dr. Lawrence A. Morris and Ms. Sue A. Lawrence

Principle Centered Investments, Inc.

Mr. Jonathan H. Lee

Mr. Joseph K. Morris and Ms. Hardi O’Neill Morris

Prudential Foundation

Mr. Daniel L. Lemke and Ms. Karen J. Lemke

Dr. Lisa I. Muller

Mr. Max C. Lang and Ms. Amanda K. Lang Mr. James H. Langley and Mrs. Emmalee Langley Law Office of Donald W. Hansford, PC

Mr. Hugh G. Lentile III

Mr. Todd H. Mullis


Mr. Brian P. Murphy and Ms. Heidi M. Murphy

Mr. George R. Leynes III and Mrs. Patricia Leynes

Mr. Rafael C. Nail and Mrs. Roberta L. Nail

Mr. Marion C. Lincoln and Ms. Erin A. Lincoln Mr. Donald D. Link and Mrs. Barbara Link Mr. Timothy M. Lowrimore and Ms. Wendi Lowrimore

Dr. Alison Vandersall Nairn and Dr. C. Joseph Nairn III National Land Realty Dr. Richard H. Neill and Mrs. Barbara F. Neill

Mr. Garrett Davis Mack

Dr. Nathan P. Nibbelink and Ms. Heidi Nibbelink

CPT Aaron D. Mathys and Ms. Anna C. Mathys

Niolon Lumber Sales

Mr. H. Ryan Mattei Mr. Mike Matthews and Mrs. Sylvia Wessinger Matthews Mr. Stephen J. Maurer

Mr. Alex Nixon and Mrs. Markie Nixon Mr. James H. Norris Jr. and Mrs. Jessica T. Norris Mrs. Arlene C. Norris

Ms. Kelly A. Prescott

Mr. Ronald D. Prox Mr. Cory M. Pruett Mr. Joel A. Pugmire and Mrs. Allison T. Pugmire Pugmire Lincoln Pumpkin Creek, Inc. Mr. Richard R. Ramey and Mrs. Rhonda Ramey Mr. Robert L. Ramey Jr. and Mrs. Louisa Ramey Mr. Michael D. Ransom Recreation Consulting LLC Mr. James H. Redding Jr. and Mrs. Gayle Redding Mr. Patrick L. Reddish and Mrs. Melissa J. Reddish Mr. Ryan P. Reddish and Dr. Anna K. Reddish COL Robert W. Reese and Mrs. Milbra F. Reese

Mr. Joseph W. Maxwell

Dr. Wade L. Nutter and Mrs. Marilyn L. Nutter

Mr. Charles Maynard Jr. and Mrs. Rebecca Bush Maynard

Nutter & Harris Inc.

Mr. William N. Reeves Jr. and Mrs. Christa L. Reeves

Dr. Alan D. McAllister

Dr. Patrick J. O’Connor and Dr. Sarah F. Covert

Mr. Nathan D. McClure and Mrs. Peggy McClure

Mr. Michael C. Remion and Mrs. Patty W. Remion

Mr. Patrick M. O’Rouke and Mrs.Tate Izlar O’Rouke

Ms. Mabel V. Reville

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This honor roll comprises donations made between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

Mr. Clarence L. Rhodes Jr. and Mrs. Jane F. Rhodes

Mr. Kennedy Simpson and Mrs. Sara F. Simpson

Dr. Peter W. Stangel and Mrs. Mary B. Stangel

Mr. Charles D. Roberts

Mr. Mickey G. Sisson

Ms. Tiffanie J. Starr

Mr. Frank Robertson and Mrs. June Robertson

Sisson & Associates, Inc.

Mr. David L. Stephens

Sizemore & Sizemore, Inc.

Mr. Edward F. Robie and Mrs. Kate Robie

Mr. Clifford C. Smith and Mrs. Mollie Smith

Mr. David S. Stevenson and Mrs. Phyllis W. Stevenson

Mr. David H. Robinson and Mrs. Janette Robinson Mr. James R. Rogers and Mrs. Janet N. Rogers

Mr. Earl Smith and Mrs. Caroline Smith

Mr. Brian A. Stone and Mrs. Kristen L. Stone

Mr. James S. Smith and Dr. Yenie L. Smith

Mr. Donald A. Stone Mr. Edmond T. Strickland III and Mrs. Jody Strickland Stuckey Timberland, Inc. Sundance Gallery LLC Dr. James M. Sweeney and Mrs. Sheila D. Sweeney

“I give to help Warnell build itself to be better for future generations of foresters.”

Mr. Jess F. Tanner Mr. Ronald F. Tansill and Mrs. Shirley L. Tansill Mr. Clifton L. Taylor and Mrs. Barbara E. Taylor Mr. Jeffrey M. Teal

Blake Sherry BSFR ’17

Dr. Negussie H. Tedela and Mrs. Frezewd Admewe Mr. Scot W. Teverino and Mrs. Elizabeth J. Teverino Mrs. Elaine J. Thacker The Benevity Community Impact Fund The Wildlife Society Inc Georgia Chapter Mr. Kerry G. Thomas and Mrs. Joan S. Thomas

Mr. Harold H. Rozier Jr. and Mrs. Mary E. Rozier

Mr. John B. Smith and Ms. Pamela Garcia

Mr. James B. Thompson and Ms. Amie Thompson

Mr. Mack J. Ruff Jr.

Mr. Michael H. Smith and Mrs. Shelley Smith

Mr. James R. Rundorff and Ms. Teresa L. Rundorff

Mr. Stephen C. Smith

Mr. James M. Thompson and Mrs. Patricia A. Thompson

Mr. Steve Smith and Mrs. Elizabeth Dickey Smith

Mr. Larry W. Thompson and Mrs. Warrene Thompson

Mr. Guy J. San Fratello

Mr. Thomas J. Smith and Mrs. Judith A. Smith

Mr. Lester O. Thompson and Mrs. Barbara W. Thompson

Mr. J. Harold Sanders III

Mr. Timothy M. Smith

Mrs. Dorothy Thompson

Mr. Warren T. Sasser and Mrs. Cindy K. Sasser

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Mr. William C. Thomsen and Mrs. Ellen C. Thomsen

Mr. Bunnalert Rushatakul San Bar Forestry & Wildlife Services

Mr. Andrew M. Saunders and Mrs. Emily J. Saunders Mr. Timothy G. Sawyer and Mrs. Carol Sawyer Mr. Jacob W. Scott Mr. Steve Shuler

Southeastern Society of American Foresters Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Inc.

Mr. Robert H. Tift and Mrs. Sara D. Tift Timber Mart-South

Southern Land Exchange LLC

Ms. Kathy Trembath and Mr. Thomas N. Trembath

Mr. Hiram W. Spence III and Mrs. Celeste Spence

Professor Chung-Jui Tsai and Dr. Scott A. Harding

Mr. Joseph W. St. John and Mrs. Angela St. John

Mr. William J. Van Devender Jr. Mr. Edward W. Van Hise Fall 2016


Ms. Laura L. Vann Mr. William F. Varn Jr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Varn

Mr. Rodney C. Woodard and Mrs. Kathleen A. Woodard Mr. John A. Woodrum

Mr. Clyde E. Vaughn Jr. and Mrs. Elaine D. Vaughn

Mr. Wayne D. Worsham and Mrs. Rebecca J. Worsham

Mr. Tyler H. Verdery and Mrs. Rita Verdery

Mr. Stephen F. Worthington and Mrs. Sara R. Worthington

Mrs. Mary B. Zibilich Mr. George M. Zupko IV and Ms. Susan L. Zupko

Mr. Joel R. Vinson Sr. and Mrs. Denise Vinson Mr. John D. Vona and Mrs. Sandra L. Vona Ms. Nancy C. Walczyk and Mr. Michael T. Walczyk Mr. George D. Walker and Mrs. Doris L. Walker Mr. Larry S. Walker and Mrs. Beth Walker Mr. David J. Waller and Mrs. Connie Waller Mr. Marc Walley Walton Electric Membership Corporation Dr. Jingxin Wang and Mrs. Xiaoming Wang Mr. Matthew C. Warner Mr. John A. Webster and Ms. Maureen B. Webster Mr. Michael D. Westbrook Jr. and Mrs. April Teaver Westbrook Dr. Ellen Whipple

“As a forest biometrics faculty member in Warnell, I see students directly benefiting from the generosity of donors every day. These funds are used for a wide range of student support — compasses for every student, numerous scholarships, and newly renovated classrooms with the latest in educational technologies. We are training the future natural resource leaders for the state and nation; I eagerly give to support this cause!”

Mr. Oliver C. Whipple and Mrs. Rozanne G. Whipple

Bronson Bullock, associate professor

Mr. Matthew E. White and Ms. Kristin M. White Mr. Mark D. Whitney and Mrs. Shawn Whitney Mr. Brent N. Widener and Ms. Jennifer M. Widener Dr. Susan B. Wilde and Dr. Henry D. Wilde Ms. Julie Dewitt Willer

Mr. Matthew D. Wosotowsky and Ms. Amanda M. Wosotowsky

Mr. Charles Williams

Mr. Harvey P. Yates Jr.

Mr. Henry G. Williams and Mrs. Emma J. Williams

Mr. Claude E. Yearwood and Mrs. Cheryl D. Yearwood

Mr. Carey K. Williamson III and Mrs. Emily S. Williamson

Dr. Wei Zeng

Mr. Charles E. Withrow Jr.

Dr. Xiao-Qing Zeng and Ms. Fuhui Zhang

Mr. Brian T. Wommack

Mr. Weiyi Zhang

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$99 and Under Mr. Joel P. Adair and Ms. Melissa A. Adair Mr. Ramazan Akbulut Ms. Brittany A. Aldridge Mr. Tyler A. Allen Ms. Kathleen K. Allen

This honor roll comprises donations made between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

Ms. Jennifer Alms

Dr. April L. Conway

Ms. Ashley R. Alred Mr. Daniel B. Anderson

Ms. Lucy E. Cooley and Mr. Pemberton L. Cooley III

Ms. Adren B. Anderson

Coosa Forestry Services Inc

Ms. Casey A. Gray

Ms. Samantha E. Askin

Rev. Charles W. Cox and Mrs. Donna Cox

Mr. Scott B. Gregor

Mr. Robert P. Gordon and Ms. Laura A. Gordon Mr. Zackary T. Gorse

Mr. Arch C. Crews

Mr. Marvin L. Griffin and Ms. Annette Griffin

Mr. Jacob M. Dalton

Ms. Mary K. Griffin

Mr. Joseph T. Davis Jr.

Mr. Joseph H. Griggs Jr.

Dr. Carolyn N. Belcher

Mr. Stuart H. Davis Jr.

Mr. Dallas P. Grimes

Mr. Wayne Bell and Mrs. Kathryn Bell

Mr. Scott T. Dawson and Mrs. Selena Dawson

Mrs. Christina M. Hacker

Dr. Rafael E. De La Torre Sosa and Ms. Constanza Beron-Wiesner

Ms. Alys K. Hannum

Ms. Kiara L. Bailey Mr. Cody W. Barham Mr. Curtis S. Barnes and Mrs. Dorothy D. Barnes

Mr. John L. Bennett and Mrs. Martha R. Dennis Mr. Christopher M. Bird Ms. Kristen E. Black Mrs. Jessie C. Bland and Mr. Jason A. Bland Mr. Melvin F. Bolling Mr. John O. Bounds COL Brent E. Bracewell Mr. Andrew S. Brannon Mr. Bert Bray and Mrs. Betty Dyson Bray

Mr. Cecil Dean Mr. Barnard M. Dillard and Mrs. Charlotte H. Dillard Mr. Charles D. Diller and Mrs. Jeannine Diller Mr. Mark W. Doty and Mrs. Lavonne Doty Mr. Charles C. Dukes Mr. David W. Duncan and Ms. Jessica N. Duncan

Mr. Kevin C. Brazell

Mr. Frank H. Eadie Sr. and Mrs. Annette Eadie

Mr. James L. Brooks V

Ms. Cara E. Eck

Mr. Derek C. Bruce and Ms. Katherine Echols Bruce

Mr. Garrett E. Edmunds and Mrs. Catherine D. Edmunds

Mr. John H. Bryant and Ms. Amanda L. Bryant

Dr. Jen Espenscheid

Ms. Carmen M. Candal

Mr. Robert H. Eubank Jr. and Mrs. Jessica S. Eubank

Mr. Christopher W. Carey

Ms. Alicia K. Evans

Mr. Benjamin L. Carswell

Mr. Lanny E. Farr

Mr. C. W. Cauthen

Mr. Daniel J. Farrae

Mr. Jerry Chapman and Mrs. Peggy Rhodes Chapman

Ms. Elizabeth C. Fincher

Ms. Kayleigh L. Chapman Mr. Jay C. Chupp and Dr. Ivy F. Chupp Ms. Randi Clausen Mr. Derek S. Colbert

Mr. Christopher J. Fisher Forest Resource Solutions Forest, Land & Water Services Formations, Inc.

Mr. Kyle D. Coleman

Mr. Richard T. Franklin and Ms. Charlene E. Franklin

Mr. Scott D. Coleman

Mr. Duane A. Fry

Ms. Laci S. Coleman

COL Charles L. Gilbert

Mr. Jack H. Collier and Mrs. Nancy C. Collier

Mr. Michael Giroux

Ms. Courtenay M. Conring

Ms. Janae A. Giroux

Mr. George W. Hammond Mr. Graham P. Hanson Mr. Thomas C. Harden and Mrs. Bridget Harden Mr. Claude P. Harman Jr. and Mrs. Mary A. Harman Ms. Shawn M. Harrington Mr. Michael E. Harrison Ms. Mckenzie A. Hart Ms. Lauren A. Head Mr. Bernard Henderson III and Mrs. Margaret Henderson Mr. Todd E. Hepp and Mrs. Ann G. Hepp Mr. Ronald C. Higginbotham and Mrs. Emily Higginbotham Ms. Anne Hill Mr. Tracy Houpt and Ms. Suzanne Houpt Mr. Mark L. Howell and Mrs. Alane Howell Ms. Joyce Huang Mr. Thomas Hughes Mr. David C. Jensen Jr. Mr. Darryl K. Johnson and Mrs. Diane L. Johnson Mr. Sidney G. Johnson Ms. Elizabeth K. Johnson Mr. Earle P. Jones Jr. and Mrs. Barbara S. Jones Mr. John N. Juhan and Mrs. Joan Juhan Mr. Kevin L. Kast Ms. Sarah L. Kates Mrs. Carolyn J. Keilman and Ms. Bryce Keilman

Mr. James T. Goodrum

Fall 2016


Mrs. Celindy D. Kellum and Mr. Glenn Kellum

Dr. Scott A. Merkle and Dr. Roberta K. Merkle

Ms. Karol K. Queen

Mr. Robert L. Kendall

Mr. Kevin A. Middlebrooks

Dr. Todd C. Rasmussen

Mr. Charles H. Killmaster and Ms. Lindsay Fann Killmaster

Mr. Robert J. Middleton III

Mr. Robert A. Rees and Mrs. Faye Rees

Ms. Micah C. Miles

Mr. Monty F. Kitchens and Mrs. Tammy E. Kitchens

Mr. Landon F. Ritch

Ms. Elizabeth A. Miller

Mr. Reginald G. Rockwell

Mr. Thornwell S. Lee and Mrs. Betty W. Lee

Mr. Ryan A. J. Mohney

Ms. Kaitlyn E. Rountree

LCDR Guy C. Moore Jr.

Ms. Abigail L. Scanlan

Mr. Larry T. Morris and Ms. Carol W. Morris

Mr. Robert A. Schorr and Mrs. Lesli A. Schorr

Ms. Kate E. Mowbray

Mr. Cody D. Seagraves

Ms. Lauren E. Mullenbach

Ms. Camilla Sherman

Ms. Brittany Nesbitt Ms. Alexandra N. Newton

Mr. Charles A. Sherrod II and Ms. Ellen L. Sherrod

Mr. Phong Nguyen

Mr. Blake T. Sherry

Nixon Land Company

Ms. Jacqueline A. Sherry

Mr. Charles M. Oliver

Mrs. Sheri C. Short and Mr. Michael T. Short

Ms. Risa Lewellen Mr. John W. Little and Mrs. Tonita L. Little Mr. Tyler A. Lock Ms. Rachel M. Lock Ms. Bessie H. Lockwood Elizabeth “Liz” Lohse Maj Robert W. Long and Mrs. Vivian Long Mr. Jason P. Love and Ms. Jennifer E. Love Mr. Thurman E. Lyle Jr. and Mrs. Petra Lyle Mr. John P. Lyon Mr. Donald T. Mackay Ms. Anna Y. Magee Dr. James A. Martin and Ms. Nevena Martin Mr. Glenn I. Martin and Ms. Hayden E. Martin

Mr. Thomas M. Owens and Ms. Karla S. Owens Mr. James C. Ozier and Mrs. Kimberly A. Ozier Mr. James A. Palmer

Mr. Christopher R. Silcox Mr. Ronald C. Simpson and Mrs. Patricia A. Simpson

Mr. Bill E. Patterson Sr.

Dr. Jacek P. Siry

Patterson Farms

Mr. Henry A. Skipper Jr. and Mrs. Patricia F. Skipper

Ms. Jessica L. Paulen Ms. Amaleah K. Perry

Mr. Matthew W. Matson Mr. Justin W. Mayfield

Mr. Richard W. Piper and Ms. Donna L. Piper

Mr. Matthew R. Mayo

Mr. Joseph W. Pociask

Mr. Benjamin A. Mays

Mr. Thomas F. Pope and Mrs. Margaret F. Pope

Mr. Michael McCall and Ms. Sally F. McCall

Dr. Ronald E. Silcox and Ms. Terry L. Silcox

Mr. William M. Parker III

Mr. Kenneth B. Masten and Ms. Debra Masten

Mr. Dale L. Mayson and Mrs. Jane C. Mayson

Dr. James L. Rakestraw

Mr. Matthew A. Phillips

Mr. Simeon A. Smith and Mrs. Tabitha Smith Ms. Mireya Y. Smith Ms. Stephanie Soto-Gonzalez Southern Timber Solutions, LLC Ms. Annabeth E. Spence Ms. Rachel L. Spratlin

Ms. Sara E. Porter

Ms. Kylie M. Squire

Mr. Harold E. Post II and Mrs. Teresa Post

Mr. Richard L. Stager and Mrs. Mary Stager

Mr. Andrew M. McCarley

Mr. Lee C. Potter and Mrs. Elizabeth G. Potter

Ms. Jennifer K. McDaniel

Ms. Remington V. F. Poydasheff

Dr. Jessica L. McGuire and Mr. Will McGuire

Ms. Abby-Gayle A. Prieur

Mr. William A. Steagall and Mrs. Concetta M. Steagall

Mr. Ross R. Pritchett and Ms. Andrea L. Pritchett

Mr. Hugh R. Still Jr.

Mr. Hardy L. Propes and Mrs. Renee Propes

Mr. John C. Szoke and Mrs. Taylor Szoke

Ms. Katie A. McManners Mr. Clinton D. McNeal Dr. John P. McTague and Mrs. Adriana B. McTague Mr. Jeremy M. Meares and Ms. Leslie Douberley Meares

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Mr. Hunter P. Pruitt Mr. Jon W. Puckett Mr. Bruce Queen and

Dr. David E. Stallknecht and Dr. Elizabeth W. Howerth

Mr. Arthur W. Stockle Mr. Andrew T. Taylor and Mrs. Kaitlin M. Taylor Mrs. Wendy Telfer Dr. Theron M. Terhune

This honor roll comprises donations made between July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

Ms. Lauren D. Tharp

Mr. Alexander M. Waldron

Mr. Michael H. Thomas and Ms. Kathleen Nolan Thomas

Mr. David G. Wallace

Ms. Tara J. Thomson

Mr. Adam Warf

Ms. Carly E. Threlkeld Timberland Transitions LLC

Mr. Bennie J. Warren Sr. and Ms. Nancy R. Warren

Mr. Robert E. Tiner Jr. and Dr. Haley M. Tiner

Mr. Hugh P. Warren Jr. and Ms. Camilla Warren

Mr. Robert C. Trimmer

Ms. Jessica K. Warren

Mrs. Lauri Wood

Mr. Willard A. Tuck and Ms. Sarah H. Tuck

Mr. Randy M. Waters

Ms. Cameron J. Wood

Mrs. Allison D. Webb and Mr. Carlton O. Webb

Mr. Nathaniel R. Woods and Mrs. Tiffany D. Woods

Mr. James R. Ulmer and Mrs. Sara E. Sammons-Ulmer

Ms. Sarah J. Weber

Mr. Alexander D. Wright

Ms. Karsen O. Weems

Mrs. Sheila D. Wright

Mr. Gerald A. Varnado

Ms. Margaret E. Wrigley

Mr. Joseph P. Vaughn

Mr. Rolla V. Wheeler Jr. and Mrs. Marjorie W. Wheeler

Mr. Timothy J. Vickery

Mrs. Darlene White

Mr. John J. Vogler and Mrs. Cynthia Vogler

Ms. Cheyenne E. Whitetree

Mr. Tyler J. Wachtel

Mr. Samuel Wilk

Mr. Justin A. Tyson

Mr. Charles R. Williams Jr. and Ms. Tracey Tirrell-Williams Mr. Frank P. Wills and Mrs. Constance Wills

Ms. Lindsay J. Ward

Ms. Alexandra G. Wickson

Mr. Jason S. Waddell and Mrs. Angila Waddell

Mr. Carlton L. Windsor Jr. and Mrs. Jean Windsor Mr. Bobby L. Womack Mr. Tazwell D. Wood

Mr. Donald D. Wyse and Ms. Jennifer S. Wyse Ms. Amber L. Yates and Mr. Joshua Yates Mr. Keith W. Zeigler Mr. Jacob A. Ziadie

Heritage Society The following individuals have designated their planned gifts to the Warnell School and been inducted into the Heritage Society. Mr. Earl D. Barrs and Mrs. Wanda Barrs

Mr. Harley Langdale Jr.*

Mr. John T. Brumby Jr.* and Mrs. Elsie Brumby

Mr. Jon P. Liles and Mrs. Jo A. Liles

Mrs. Carolyn Bryan*

Dr. Joseph M. Meyers and Ms. June Meyers

Dr. James C. Cobb and Mrs. Lyra K. Cobb

Mrs. Frances O. Hopkins*

LCDR and Mrs. Demetrius Cox

Professor Archie E. Patterson*

Mr. Smith Dolliver Jr. and Mrs. Sharon Dolliver

Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Porterfield

Mr. James L. Gillis Jr.

Mr. Andrew M. Saunders and Mrs. Emily J. Saunders

Mr. Thomas C. Harden and Mrs. Bridget Harden

Mr. and Mrs. David Terrell

Mr. Jimmie T. Hardy*

Mr. Geoffrey D. Terrell

Mrs. Nellie S. Herringdine*

Dr. Alfred Viola and Mrs. Joy Viola

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Izlar

Ms. Anna D. Warnell*

James G. Boswell Foundation Trust

Mr. Joseph E. Wyatt*

Mr. and Mrs. Rex N. Johnson


Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lackey

* Deceased

Fall 2016


290,000,000 seedlings sold annually


acres of forestland are planted with our seedlings annually

years of combined professional forestry experience



years of research goes into every pine seedling

satellite refrigerated cooler distribution locations

20,000,000 acres our seedlings have replanted around the globe

16 years of data collected on our quality MCP seedling

1,000,000 trees measured and analyzed every year


genetic field trials since 2004

400 12


hybrid MCP crosses currently being tested

years of data collected on our advanced genetics Varietals


Varietals currently being tested

experience you can count on

5,000,000 data points recorded and analyzed annually



square miles of test plots

large scale nurseries across the U.S. South


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The Log, Fall 2016  

A University of Georgia Alumni Publication

The Log, Fall 2016  

A University of Georgia Alumni Publication