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News items in 2000

November 2000

Florida Division Plans Celebration of SAF Centennial

The Florida Division will celebrate the SAF's 100th birthday at Austin Cary Forest on December 13. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and include presentations, a tour of the new Forest Learning Center and a visit from "Gifford Pinchot". Lunch and "A Walk in the Woods" will follow.

Those planning to attend shoud RSVP by December 1 by returning the attached form to:

Mrs. Angela C. Carter
Division of Forestry
1911 Sw 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 372-3505, ext. 191

Centennial Tree Planting at Lake City Community College

The Forest Management Technology Program at Lake City Community College (LCCC) and the Suwannee Chapter of SAF commemorated 100 years of American forestry. On Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 10:00 a. m. by planting a Florida torreya (Torreya taxifolia) on the LCCC campus.

Attendees heard from special SAF and FFA guests and recognized the winner of our Project Learning Tree forest poem contest.

 Local students help with the planting of a Florida torreya.

Florida Division Chairman, Ed Barnard, SAF Council member , Jim Doescher, event organizer, Jim Grimes, and Suwannee Chapter Chairman, Steve Smith presided at the event.

September 2000

Centennial Tree Planting at Lake City Community College

Everyone is invited to join in the Forest Management Technology Program at Lake City Community College (LCCC) and the Suwannee Chapter of SAF commemoration of 100 years of American forestry. On Thursday, September 28, 2000 at 10:00 a. m. the SAF and Forest Management Technology Program will plant a Florida torreya (Torreya taxifolia) on the LCCC campus.

The Florida torreya is state-listed as threatened. Its natural range is limited to only three counties in Northern Florida and extends one mile into Decatur County, Georgia. Some say only 1,000 to 1,500 plants exist in the wild on the planet and they are found along the Apalachicola River and its tributaries. Florida torreya populations are drastically reduced by stem and needle blights. This tree is a fitting symbol for longevity because it is a relative to the Pacific yew that has given us the anticancer agent called taxol.

Along with the tree planting ceremony we plan to hear from one or two special SAF and FFA guests, recognize the winner of our Project Learning Tree forest poem contest, and enjoy some cool refreshments.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Jim Grimes by fax (904-755-1856), telephone (904-755-1822 x1459), or email ( 

Local Foresters to Take Teachers, the County Council and Media on a Walk in the Forest

The County of Volusia Environmental Service Group and the Caribbean Chapter of the Florida Division Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) will take Teachers, Council members and Media from the northwestern side of the county on the annual Walk in the Forest on October 13, 2000 from 8:00am to noon at the Lake George Forest and Wildlife Management Area.

SAF members will lead the Teachers, Media and Council members on a Walk in the Forest and teach them about forests and trees and how foresters work to keep the forests healthy and thriving. The teachers will be taught structured subjects that they can take back to the classrooms and teach our future generations. The subjects will include basic introductions to dendrology, forest economics and products, forest mensuration, Forest growth and forest & wildlife management. These topics will be taught in terms for 5th through 8th grade education, encompassing project learning tree activities, which are recognized as one of the premier educational programs in the world. The Council members, media, and teachers will also learn what they can do to help keep forests and the environment healthy.

A barbecue lunch and beverages will be provided for a post walk picnic. Optional air boat tours will be provided after lunch to visually see how the management of the forest and wildlife protect/benefit our water resources.

Those planning to attend should meet at the County of Volusia Administration Building located at 123 West Indiana Ave., Deland FL. Busing will be provided to and from the Lake George Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Parking will be on Rich Avenue. Dress is casual and sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.

RSVP by September 30, 2000 to Mark Brown at (904) 736-5927 ext 2719.

August 2000

St. Johns Chapter Meeting at Shadowlawn Farms

Site preparation techniques will be the focus of the St. Johns Chapter tour of Shadowlawn Farms on Thursday, August 24. Various mechanical and chemical treatments will be examined as well as pine straw raking study area.

The property is located around Penney Farms, between Starke and Green Cove Springs. The tour will begin at 9:00 am at the farm office on CR 218, about two miles north of SR 16.

Lunch is to be provided by Helena Chemical Company. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Chris Noble by August 14 at 904-225-5933 or

June 2000

Spring Symposium - Historical Reflections: Future Directions

Dr. Wayne Smith, SFRC Director, (left) with Dr. Ross Whaley, Dean, SUNY College of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Dr. John Gray, former SFRC Director

Florida Division award recipients (left to right): C. Huxley Coulter Award winner, Paul Ebersbach; Stephen Spurr Award winner, Dr. Ron Myers; outgoing Florida Division Chair, Dr. Alan Long; and Outstanding Senior Forestry Student Award winner, Jason Rountree

The annual Spring Symposium sponsered by the Florida SAF and the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation was held at the University's new conference center on May 23 and 24. Since this is the centennial year for SAF, the symposium focused on both the history and future of forestry in Florida. Dr. Ross Whaley, Dean of the SUNY College of Natural Resources and the Environment, provided the keynote John Gray Lecture.

The following awards were presented by the Florida SAF during the symposium:

Jason M. Rountree was recognized as the outstanding graduating senior from the SAF Student Chapter of the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources & Conservation. The 1999 recipient excelled in the classroom, in SFRC clubs, extracurricular activities, and in outside work experience through internships. He was SAF Student Member of the Year in 1999 and SAF Student Chapter Chair his senior year.

Dr. Ronald L. Myers earned the Stephen Spurr Award for technical contributions to forestry in Florida. Myers has made significant contributions over his career to forest fire ecology, and research. He is the co-editor of Ecosystems of Florida which has become a standard reference for natural resource managers in the state.

In earning the Huxley Coulter Award Paul F. Ebersbach was recognized for his significant contributions to forestry in Florida. He manages the natural resources management program at Avon Park Air Force Range which serves as a model for innovative natural resources management and is a testament to his dedication to advancing science, technology, education, and professional forestry while using his knowledge and skills of the profession to benefit society as a whole.

The following individuals received SAF 50-Year Membership Certificates:

Samuel Davis

William Howell

Robert Engelhard

Alfred Hughes

Robert Greenlaw

Donald McGuire

Thaddius Harrington

Harold K. Mikell

Golden Members recognized at the Florida Division's Annual Meeting (left to right): Harold K. Mikell, Thaddeus Harrington, Alfred Hughes, and Robert Greenlaw

Dr. Alan J. Long was recognized and presented with a plaque for his outstanding achievements and service as the 1999 SAF Florida Division Chairperson.

Senior Student Scholarship Award

The Society of American Foresters, Florida Division presented Tammie Coffman of Orlando with the 1999 Senior Student Scholarship Award at the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources & Conservation's Annual Awards Banquet on April 8, 2000 in Gainesville, FL. Miss Coffman was chosen for this $500 award through a competitive selection process, where she stood out as a promising future professional forester based on her outstanding student performance in academics and student activities. Tammie is active member in the SAF Student Chapter at UF and is also active in the SFRC Forestry Club and Student Council where she is the President.

Tammie is set to graduate in May of this year with degrees in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation and in Forest Resource Conservation. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Forest Resource Conservation specializing in extension and education. As a professional forester, Tammie would like to increase public awareness of natural resource management and be an inspiration for future generations to become better stewards of the natural environment and the earth.

APRIL 2000

Suwannee Chapter to Tour Gilman Mill

The next regular meeting of the Suwannee Chapter on April 27, 2000 will feature a tour of the Gilman Paper Company chip-n-saw mill in Perry, Florida. The mill is next to the railroad tracks on the west side of U.S. 19 about a mile south of the intersection where U.S. 27 joins U.S. 19 and U.S. 98 heads west. The tour will begin at 9:00 AM at the tan house that sits in front of the mill (across the street from Dairy King).

After the tour, members will meet at the Chaparral Steak House for a business meeting and lunch.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Steve Smith at 352-367-1479 or 800-515-8838. Those needing additional information may call Steve or call the mill at 850-584-3401.


Tree Planting to Celebrate 100 Years of Professional Forestry

Members of the Suwannee Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will celebrate the organization's 100th year by planting a centennial oak on Wednesday, February 23. The commemoration will take place at 11:00 AM in the City of Gainesville's Smoky Bear Park on NE 15th Street just north of 23rd Avenue.

Dr. Wayne Smith, Director of the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and Steve Smith, Chairman of the Society's Suwannee Chapter, will provide remarks for the occasion. The public is invited to attend.

The Society of American Foresters was founded in 1900 to advance the application of scientific principles to the practice of forest management. Members must hold a degree from an accredited college or university and adhere to a code of professional and conservation ethics. The Society has 17,000 members nationwide.

The 400 members of the Society in Florida are taking part in a national program being conducted with the National Arbor Day Foundation to plant centennial trees. The Society's Big Bend Chapter planted an oak on the grounds of the capitol in Tallahassee on Florida's arbor day, the third Friday in January. Other plantings will occur throughout the year.

Locally, the City of Gainesville Parks Division is assisting by providing a live oak, the equipment for planting, and care until the tree becomes established. Earline Luhrman, horticulturist for the city, has been able to participate in the project as part of an ongoing program to manage Gainesville's urban forest.


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