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News items posted in 1999




Suwannee Chapter members will try a new format for their fall meeting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 18. In an outstanding example of community outreach, the chapter has invited fourth grade teachers from Alachua county for dinner and a forestry presentation at the Lake Mize Conference Center in the Austin Cary Memorial Forest. There will be a brief business meeting after which members will welcome the teachers for dinner at 6:30 pm. SAF members will need to pay $5.00 to help cover the expenses of this meeting. Those wishing to attend are asked to call Joe Wolf at 334-3600 to RSVP for the meeting. 


The Executive Committee met during the SESAF annual conference in Columbus, GA on October 18, 1999. Florida SAF members also held a business meeting. Minutes for the and the business meeting are attached.




The forestry community lost a beloved teacher and friend with the passing of Percy Warner Frazer on October 7, 1999, at the age of 93.

Known to most colleagues and students as "P. W." or "Pop," Professor Frazer began teaching at the University of Florida in 1936. He retired from the School of Forestry in 1975. Beyond teaching dendrology, fire control, and forest policy to two generations of foresters, Professor Frazer instilled in them a love of the woods and provided them with a caring mentor.

Professor Frazer was active in the Society of American Foresters through most of his career. He served as the secretary-treasurer of the Florida Chapter in 1949 and as chairman of the Florida Section's archives and history committee from 1967 through 1977.



The Southeastern SAF Tellers Committee has reported the results of the elections for SESAF, Florida, and Georgia. Dave Lewis of Southern Forestry Consultants in Monticello will be the new SESAF Chair-elect. Assisting Lewis will be Lou Hyman as Secretary and Gary Brocious as Treasurer.

In Florida, John Holzaepfel of Natural Resource Planning Services in San Antonio will become Chair-elect and Vernon Compton will become Secretary/Treasurer.

Jill Barbour was elected as the new Chair-elect for the Georgia Division.



In 1995, the Governor and Cabinet of Florida proclaimed October as State Forest Awareness Month. This year, the Etoniah Creek State Forest, along with the Society of American Foresters will be hosting their "Walk in the Forest" program to help us in this annual celebration.

The public is invited to a hike, on Wednesday, October 27 at 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The program will consist of a 4.7 mile hike through Etoniah Creek State Forest beginning at the Longleaf Pine Trail head. During this hike the Division of Forestry will showcase the forest and provide information on how the public may utilize it for recreational purposes. Also, for those schools participating, forestry career information will be available. Listed below are the specifics regarding this event:

DATE: Thursday, October 28th, 1999

TIME: 8:30 a.m. TO 1:00 p.m. (Bring a bag lunch for a picnic after the walk. Beverages will be provided)

PLACE: Etoniah Creek State Forest Headquarters (Hollister Fire Tower on Highway 20)

RSVP: by October 25, 1999 - Scott Crosby: 904/329-3772

DRESS: Casual (sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended)

RAINDATE: Wednesday, November 10th, 1999

SPONSORED BY: Florida Division of Forestry, St. Johns Chapter of the Society of American Foresters



On October 5, Michael T. Goergen, SAF's director of forest policy, emailed Alan Long and other SAF leaders regarding several issues that could have a broad impact on foresters and the practice of forestry. The text of that message follows:

"The SAF policy department is working on responses to three major issues that will affect forestry. The first is a change in the way silvicultural activities are treated under the Clean Water Act. Simply put, EPA is proposing that silvicultural activities be treated as a point source of pollution versus a non-point source. This would have a major impact on forestry operations, and we are preparing a response to the proposal. We have already asked for, and received an extension in the comment deadline on the proposal, which is now December 22, 1999. You can read more about the proposal at We will keep you updated on our activities.

"You can contact Michael Goergen (301) 897-8720 x116 or Amie Brown or (301) 897-8720 x115 for more information.

"The second issue is the Forest Service's new proposed planning regulations. The planning regulations govern how the Forest Service conducts forest planning activities on the National Forest System. SAF will prepare comments on the rule based on our report Forest of Discord. Again, we will keep you updated on our activities, and you can read more about the rule at

"You can contact Michael Goergen (301) 897-8720 x116 or Amie Brown or (301) 897-8720 x115 for more information.

"Lastly, there will be six regional forums and one national summit, hosted by the Secretary of Agriculture, to address national private land conservation and stewardship issues relevant at the local level.

"The regional meetings will be held on:

October 18, Sacramento, CA
October 20, Portland, OR
October 21, Denver, CO
October 26, Syracuse, NY
October 27, Atlanta, GA
October 28, Armarillo, TX

"The national meeting is slated for:

December 14, Ames, IA

"If you would like more details on this effort please contact Amie Brown or (301) 897-8720 x115. She can give you more information on the purpose of this effort, meeting times, and exact locations."



The Executive Committee met on July 21, 1999. The minutes of the meeting are attached.


Ballots for SESAF and Florida Division officers have been mailed. The three candidates for Chair-elect, Jim Bryan, David Lewis, and Charles Maynard, are from Florida. The winner of this race will serve as SESAF Chair in 2001 when Florida next hosts the SESAF Annual Meeting.

Jim Bryan is the forestry division manager for Lykes Bros., Inc.

David Lewis is the manager of the Monticello office of Southern Forestry Consultants.

Charles Maynard is chief of the Forest Management Bureau of the Florida Division of Forestry.

Candidates for SESAF Secretary are Louis Hyman, Fire Staff Officer with the Alabama Forestry Commission, and Ed Nelson, Federal Land Bank Association of South Alabama. Candidates for SESAF Treasurer are Gary Brocious of International Paper and Joe Roberson of Mead Corporation.

In the Florida Division race for Chair-elect the candidates are:

  • John Holzaepfel, Consulting Forester and Operations Manager for the San Antonio Office of Natural Resource Planning Services, and
  • Charlie Houder, Deputy Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The candidates for Florida Division Secretary-Treasurer are:

  • Vernon Compton, Nature Conservancy Project Director of the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership, and
  • Susan Kett, US Forest Service Resource Assistant on the Osceola National Forest.

JULY 1999

On August 12, 1999, the Big Bend Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will be meeting at 12:00 P.M. at the home of Pete Gerrell. His street address is 4351 Natural Bridge Road. This meeting will be an informative one as Pete will speak on the historical subject of Naval Stores (Turpentine) Industry in this area which he has recently written a book on. Pete Gerrell is a sixth generation native of Wakulla County. Generations of his family have lived and survived in the pine flatwoods associated with the navel stores industry. Throughout his life he has collected information and artifacts having to do with the turpentine industry and the culture it promoted. He will also have on display many artifacts from that industry.

Boxes lunches will be provided for a nominal fee at 12:00 for those that RSVP Stan Rosenthal by August 5th. Please reply by E-mail if you can. If you can't E-mail, call Stan at 487-3004 and leave a message.

JUNE 1999

Open up your calendars and plan to make it to the next Suwannee Chapter SAF meeting. The group will meet at the Golden Corral in Ocala at 11:00 am on July 15. We are entitled to the open buffet for lunch following a short business meeting. The cost of lunch, including a drink, tip, and tax will be $8.50. The comradery is free.

After lunch the group will go to the Royal Oak Charcoal Mill in Ocala for an interesting tour of the mill.

Contact Eric Black at 352-955-2005 or for information or transportation.

Directions to the Golden Corral:
Exit 68 on I-75. Go EAST on SR200 (College Rd). 2111 SW College Rd is the address and it is on the NORTH side of the road, across from a car dealership.

MAY 1999


John Bridges was presented Florida SAF's C. Huxley Coulter Award at the annual Spring Symposium held in Gainveville on April on April 20, 1999. This award is presented to an SAF member who has made a noteworthy or significant contribution to the profession of forestry in Florida. John has served as Chairman of Florida SAF and is currently on the Program Committee. Over the past few years John has taken primary responsible for securing contributions from sponsers and exhibitors.

Tom Fox, a research forester with Rayonier, Inc., earned the Stephen Spurr Award for achievements in technical areas that significantly impact the practice of forestry or forest resources.

To open this year's symposium, "Fire: Friend & Foe," Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt gave the John Gray Distinguished Lecture, "Wildfire Policy in the United States."

The Executive Committee of the Florida Division met prior to the symposium. Topics discussed by the committee are summarized in the minutes submitted by Secretary-Treasurer, John Holzaepfel.

APRIL 1999


On April 1, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the flatwoods salamander as a threatened species thereby affording the species and its habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act. Fifty-one populations of the flatwoods salamander are known to occur in areas of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In Florida, the species has been identified on the Osceola and Apalachicola national forests, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and Eglin Air Force Base. The announcement of the listing appeared in the Federal Register on April 1, 1999. A copy of the final rule can be obtained by contacting the Service's Jackson, Mississippi Field Office at (601) 965-4900.

MARCH 1999


Florida Division Executive Committee members discussed plans for the Society's centennial at their March 3 meeting in Gainesville. Among the ideas discussed were an auto-tour guide patterned after a Michigan program, the planting of Centennial Oaks in county seats, and developing an historical theme for the 2000 Spring Symposium. Activities will culminate with a celebration of the Society's 100th anniversary on December 13, 2000. Gary Howell has agreed to head the Centennial Liason Committee. Members should contact Gary with other ideas and to volunteer for chapter centennial committees.

See a copy of the Minutes for other action taken by the Executive Committee.


If you're reading this you already know that the the Florida SAF website has a new address, This unique domain name is now registered for the sole use of the Florida Division. As you'd expect, a new address means a new home. In this case, the new home is 20MB of server space (and related support) donated by Gator.Net. This generous gift has really given the site a great boost.

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