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2004 Events of the Florida Division SAF

December 20, 2004

Florida Division Dedicates Historic Marker for Putnam Lodge
Built in 1927, Dixie County's Putnam Lodge was once a haven for visitors to one of Florida's largest sawmills. Now the lodge is the most visible reminder of an era during which the Putnam Lumber Company annually produced 40MM board feet of tidewater red cypress and 100MM board feet of longleaf yellow pine at its mill in Shamrock. To commemorate this landmark, the Suwannee Chapter's Dr. Ed Barnard spearheaded efforts to erect a historical monument at the lodge and dedicate it with a ceremony held on December 8, 2004.

The marker was funded through grants from the Forester's Fund and the Florida Division. With funding secure, the marker's text had to be approved by the Florida Division of Historical Resources before it could be cast. Once cast and constructed, the marker's placement had to be permitted by the Department of Transportation. The whole process, lasting more than to years, was a labor of love for Dr. Barnard. The payoff was a grand unveiling attended by SAF members from across the state, local dignitaries, and even former residents of the lodge. The formal ceremony was followed by an elagent luncheon in the restored dining room of the lodge.

Foresters and friends gather in front of the Putnam Lodge for the dedication of the historic marker. In attendence (from front right) were Marcus Hayes, Chair of the Dixie County Board of Commissioners, Tank Lee, Mayor of Cross City, and Buddy Lamb, President of the Dixie County Historical Society.
Left, Dr. Wayne Smith, Florida Division Chair listens as SAF Golden Member Ed Dew remembers his early career in the area.

Right, Dixie County native and retired Division of Forestry Director Earl Peterson introduces former Putnam Lodge resident Billy Chauncey.

The event also celebrated of the efforts of the lodge's owner Ardith Eagen who with Earnie Tokai brought the building back from near ruin to a state that reflects it 1920's heyday. The reconditioned pecky cypress paneling of the lobby and dining room along with the elagent furnishings evoke the genteel charm of an earlier era. The Putnam Lodge is now considered a centerpiece in the county's promotion of nature and heritage tourism.

From left, Florida Division Chair Dr. Wayne Smith, lodge owner Ardith Eagan, and project coordinator Dr. Ed Barnard.

Right, a view of the lobby showing pecky cypress paneling.

November 16, 2004

Florida Division Hosts SESAF Annual Meeting
With the fall hunting season underway, it seemed like a good time for forest land managers to talk about wildlife. Over 170 attendees to the Southeastern SAF Annual Meeting at the Jacksonville Riverside Hilton would agree. They met on November 8 and 9 to discuss aspects of "Managing Forests for Wildlife" ranging from economics to endangered species. The program included opportunities for seeing wildlife management in action through field trips to Dee-Dot Ranch, the Longleaf Timber Co. parcel, and even the Jacksonville Zoo.

At the awards banquet on Monday evening SESAF honored Brian Bradley with the award for excellence in education and Callie Switzer with the award for excellence in research. Three new Fellows were also recognized: Lehman Bass, and George Brown, Jr., and the University of Florida's Alan Long.

At Tuesday's business meeting SESAF officers for 2005 were announced. Current chair-elect, Bill Consoletti, becomes chairman, taking over for Florida's Charles Maynard. Phillip Sasnett will follow Consoletti as chair-elect. Michael Kelly will serve as secretary and Fred Haeussler will serve as treasurer.

September 24, 2004

Vogel Tapped for SAF Field Forester Award
(From the September 2004 issue of The Forestry Source)

Jack Vogel, President of Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc., will be among 10 foresters-from 10 SAF voting districts- to be honored with the Presidential Field Forester Awards at the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada and Society of American Foresters Joint 2004 Annual General Meeting and Convention, to be held October 2-6 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Initiated by SAF past-president Fred Ebel, the awards are meant to recognize foresters who have demonstrated excellence in forest management through professional contributions, innovative methods, and an unflappable commitment to the profession of forestry.

The award recipients were selected by Council members who were asked to identify an outstanding field forester from the voting district they represent. Council members were given the option of soliciting nominations from state society chairs and, from those nominations, selecting a nominee for recognition, or using any other process that would identify a worthy candidate based on the selection criteria.

Vogel is the principal and consulting forester with Natural Resources Planning Services, Inc., a consulting firm he started in 1974. Natural Resources Planning Services is the largest forestry consulting firm in the state and offers assistance on acquisitions, timber inventories, appraisals, prescribed burning, and all forest management-related practices and forest land liquidations. Prior to forming the firm, Vogel was a staff forester with the Florida Division of Forestry and was hired as the state's first urban forester. He later became fire control research coordinator with the Continuous Forestry Inventory before joining the Florida Forestry Association as technical advisor to the association's executive vice-president. While building Natural Resources Planning Services, Vogel served as chair of the Florida SAF, which awarded him the C. Huxley Coulter Award for Outstanding Contributions to Forestry. He is also a past-president of both the Florida Forestry Association and the University of Florida's School of Forest Resources and Conservation Alumni Association. He now serves as chair of the School's Advisory Council. Vogel joined SAF in 1971.

September 19, 2004

Local Foresters Take Teachers, Students, the County Council and Media on a “Walk in the Forest”
The County of Volusia, The Caribbean Chapter of the Florida Division Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) and The Lake County Air Boat Association will take Teachers, Students, Council members and Media from the northwestern side of the county on our annual Walk in the Forest on October 22, 2004 from 8:00am-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. Also, 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 interested in attending should contact Mark Brown at (386) 804-0439 by September 30.

The Walk in the Forest program is part of a national campaign coordinated by the Society of American Foresters. Thousands of SAF members across the country will take school children, teachers, media, lawmakers, neighbors, and others on a Walk in the Forest during the month of October. Through the Walk in the Forest program those attending will learn about forests and their importance to the environment. The walk will also help those attending develop an appreciation of, and respect for, nature.

August 17, 2004

Florida Forester Recognized by National Organization
(SAF News Release)

P. K. Nair, a distinguished professor at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, will receive the Society of American Foresters’ Barrington Moore Memorial Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.

Nair is often cited as the world’s leader in the field of agroforestry?a recognition based on his world-renowned research efforts as well as his role in defining the direction of agroforestry research.

“Not only is Dr. Nair an internationally acknowledged leader in agroforestry, he is largely responsible for its development as a scientific discipline through applying agronomy concepts and practices to forestry,” says Ann Camp, chair of the SAF Science and Technology Board, the body that reviews nominations and makes recommendations for the Barrington Moore Memorial Award. “Because of his work, developing countries no longer need make the difficult choice between growing food or growing fiber. Under agroforestry systems, both can be accomplished on the same piece of ground.”

Nair’s work as editor of Agroforestry Systems has led to greater recognition of the science throughout the world, and his textbook, An Introduction to Agroforestry, has become the basis for all college-level study of the subject. As a result, there is seldom a conference, meeting, or joint writing venture on the subject that does not seek his involvement. A popular and effective teacher, Nair brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom; his students appreciate not only his knowledge but also his willingness to guide them through the publication process and the establishment of their agroforestry careers. Nair’s accomplishments in the field of agroforestry are unsurpassed, and his excellence as an editor, researcher, and teacher are a boon for the discipline as well as the forestry profession.

The Barrington Moore Memorial Award is one of eight national awards announced by SAF. The winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held during a joint meeting being between SAF and the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada. The meeting will be held October 2–6 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The award winners are nominated and approved by their professional peers. SAF’s Forest Science and Technology Board or the Committee on Professional Recognition review the nominations then forward their recommendations to the SAF Council, the organization’s governing body, for its review and approval. The rigorous review process produces candidates with a national profile and a comprehensive history of sustained contributions to the forestry profession and service to the public.

For information about the national awards, visit the SAF website at

July 24, 2004

St. Johns and Suwannee Chapters Team Up for Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods highlighting Forest Restoration in the Wildland-Urban Interface will be jointly hosted by the St. Johns and Suwannee Chapters on Thursday, September 2, 2004 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT. It will be held at Jennings State Forest commencing at the Old Jennings Recreation Area.

Landowners and land managers will gather to witness and discuss the challenges associated with forest restoration in Florida’s wildland-urban interface.  Managers restoring a longleaf pine sandhill community on Jennings State Forest face unique challenges where harvesting, vegetation control and prescribed fire occur near the back yards of neighboring residents.  The event will explore ways in which landowners and managers reach their sometimes conflicting objectives and the role that communications play in informing neighbors and communities about management activities.

The Florida Division of Forestry, Forest Stewardship Program, and the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation are also helping to sponsor the event. CFEs will be offered for foresters.

Those wishing to attend should call Jennifer Engle at 904-291-5534 or Chris Demers at 352-846-2375.

April 23, 2004

Florida Division Honors Outstanding Members at SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium
The Florida SAF Spring Symposium organized by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation was held in Gainesville on April 21 - 22, 2004. The meeting theme was '"The Future of Wood Products--Its all about Innovation" which was keynoted by the John Gray Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Thomas Jeffries who addressed "Wood Products Innovation through Biotechnology" . An array of speakers from the private sector, universities and Forest Service Laboratories spoke to innovative uses of small diameter trees, and other wood resources in variety of new products ranging from plasticized wood to green energy. One hundred twenty five persons were registered for the Symposium.

Several members of the Florida Division were honored at an awards breakfast held on the second day of the symposium.

John Holzaepfel, recipient of the C. Huxley Coulter Award.
John H. Holzaepfel is the recipient of the Florida Division C. Huxley Coulter Award. John is Senior Forester/Operations Manager for Natural Resource Planning Services. After receiving a BS in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, he was a Forest Ranger and Putnam County Forester with DOF. He is a licensed real estate broker, certified forester, certified arborist, and Florida certified burner. John has served SAF as Chair and Secretary/Treasurer of the Florida Division and Caribbean Chapter, Chair of the Florida Foresters Hall of Fame Committee, and member of the Florida Executive Committee. John is currently Chair of the Division’s Achieves Committee. He is actively involved with his family and church.

Shibu Jose is the recipient of the Florida Division Stephen Spurr Award. Shibu is Associate Professor with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the West Florida Research and Education Center. After earning a BS in Forestry from Kerala Agricultural University in India and MS and PhD degrees in Forest Science from Purdue University, he was a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Donald Rockwood (left) presents the Stephen Spurr Award to Dr. Shibu Jose.
His progressive, well-supported research on production ecology/ecophysiology of intensively managed forests, restoration ecology of longleaf pine ecosystems, invasive species ecology and management in southern forests, and ecological/ecophysiological interactions of tree-crop mixed systems is providing guidelines for sustainable management of forest ecosystems.

Dr. Jose was recently awarded a grant to develop a distance education delivered academic course in Longleaf Pine Restoration Ecology. In preparation for the course he and colleagues from the Southeast are compiling a book that could serve as the textbook for the course. Shibu serves as Chair of the SAF National Committee on Cultural Diversity, the SESAF Communications Committee, and the Panhandle Chapter of SAF and is an associate editor for Forest Science and consulting editor of Agroforestry Systems.

Ruth H. Cole is the recipient of the Florida Division Young Forester of the Year Award. Ruthie is the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Supervisor for the Florida Division of Forestry (DOF) with statewide responsibility for leading DOF’s County Forester, Forest Inventory, and Market and Utilization programs.

After graduating with a BS in Forest Management from Auburn University, she was a consultant Forester in North Carolina and then a DOF land management Forester. She is past chair of the Florida Division SAF St. John’s Chapter, Co-Chair and Chair of the 2003 and 2004 SESAF Silent Auctions, respectively, and member of the 2004 SESAF Program Committee. Ruthie is an active member of the Florida Forestry Association’s Landowner Council Committee. She has been a volunteer at the Red Hills Horse Trial and member of the Junior League and St. Marks Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.

Ruth Cole, Florida SAF Young Forester of the Year

Miranda Mae Funk (left) receives Rising Senior Award from Don Rockwood.
Miranda Mae Funk was selected this year for both the Florida Division and the Southeastern Section Rising Senior Forestry Student Awards. Miranda has served as co-chair of the Student Chapter, SAF, and Vice President of the School Student Council while also active in the Forestry Club. She has gained work experience working with Division of Forestry doing timber management and recreational resources infrastructure maintenance and on research projects with faculty of the School. This summer she will be an intern in Washington DC with the National Association of State Foresters. Next year she will be chair of the Student Chapter where she will bring to bear her knowledge of SAF gained from attending both SE SAF Section meeting in Mobile AL and the national SAF in Buffalo, NY. Miranda has earned a 3.9 GPA while being a student leader. Her career goal is to earn an Environmental Law Degree after the B.S.
Terry Baker was selected for the Florida Division Outstanding Graduating Senior in Forestry Award. Terry is a member of the two plus two program the School has with Florida A & M University in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Terry has received a Bright Futures Scholarship, the Meade/Westvaco Minority Scholarship, National SAF Diversity Scholarship, the Florida SAF Rising Senior Scholarship and a number of School Scholarships. He has served the Student Chapter, SAF, as chair and co-chair and led the delegations that attended the World Forestry Congress and the national and southeaster section SAF meetings. He has worked summers for the Forest Service and during the school-year served as the School’s Teaching Equipment Manager. He has been active in the Forestry Club and as the Jr and then SAF representative on the School Council, he worked on the year book, represented the Council on the Agricultural Council and on the university Board of College Councils. Terry was a member of the School’s Student Recruitment Committee. He has been selected for membership in Xi Sigma Pi and Phi Kappa Pi. He expects to work a while for the Forest Service before entering graduate school.

Terry Baker (left) receives Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from Don Rockwood.
April 2, 2004

Suwannee Chapter Meeting to Focus on Estate Planning
The Suwannee Chapter will hold its next meeting at the Alachua county Extension Office in Gainesville on Thursday May 27, 2004. A business meeting will begin at 11:00 AM followed by lunch and a presentation on estate planning for forest landowners. Participants will learn the importance of estate planning and become familiar with federal estate and gift tax law as it applies to forestland ownership.  They will also be introduced to the planning tools that can minimize financial woes from transfer costs, unexpected values, loss of income, and probate proceedings. Continuing education credits will be offered. The program should conclude by 2:00 PM.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Chris Demers at 352-846-2375 or Members are encouraged to bring foresters or other resource professionals who are not currently members of SAF. Directions to the Extension Office may be found at

Big Bend Chapter Examines Forest History
A dozen Big Bend Chapter members had a great 'ole time at a March 18 gathering at the Ole Times Country Buffet. The meeting featured a presentation by Chair-Elect Ray Mason on the history of forestry in the southeast and Florida.

As part of the business meeting, Stan Rosenthal discussed chapter sponsorship of a Walk-in-the-Forest event. It was decided that it would be best to partner with a larger conservation group and that Tall Timbers would be an appropriate choice.

Chapter chair Mark Milligan discussed plans for a skeet shoot and bar-b-que this fall. Firearm safety instructors will be on hand and participation by NRA members is anticipated. In addition to the food and activities Milligan plans a brief talk to prospective members about SAF benefits, fee structure, publications and categories of membership.

March 27, 2004

Suwannee and Student Chapter Members Keep Gainesville Beautiful
Erick Smith, the new coordinator for the Suwannee Chapter's Adopt-a-Road project, reports that the March 20 trash pickup on Newberry Road was very successful. Six people, Jim Shepard, the former leader of the project, Scott Sager, and UF student Terry Baker, joined Erick and two newcomers, students Seth Drawdy and Kathryn Hutchins.

Erick noted that the Suwannee Chapter is one of the few Adopt-a-Road groups in Alachua County that actually cleans its section on a regular basis. He credits the broad support for the project by both Suwannee and Student chapter members.

The next pickup is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 12th. Members who have never participated in this project are particularly urged to come out.

February 29, 2004

Big Bend Chapter Announces Plans for 2004

For its first event of the year, the Big Bend Chapter will have an evening dinner meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 PM at a local restaurant (location will be announced very soon).  Chair-Elect Ray Mason will lead a discussion regarding the History of Forestry. As an incentive for prospective members to attend, Chapter Chair, Mark Milligan, announced that dinner will be provided free of charge for professional foresters who are not SAF members.

Two additional SAF-sponsored events are being scheduled. A "Walk in the Forest" with non-members and public participation is tentatively planned for May. A target / sport shooting meeting with a wildlife presentation and a barbeque is being discussed for September or October. 

February 23, 2004

The Future of Wood Products: It's All About Innovation
The 35th Annual SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium will be held at the Paramount Hotel in Gainesville, April 21 and 22. The program is designed to bring participants up to speed on many of the new technologies that will influence wood product use and processing in the Southeast. Innovation in both process and product will be highlighted as an essential element of surviving tough market conditions.

The John Gray Lecture will keynote the Symposium and will be presented by Dr. Thomas Jeffries, Director of The Institute for Microbial & Biochemical Technology, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab.

Those seeking more information can view the conference brochure or contact Alan Long.

February 15, 2004

Plans for Exciting SESAF Meeting Begin to Take Shape
The SESAF Executive Committee met on January 28 and heard plans for the SESAF Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, November 8-9. The Florida Division Program Committee, responsible for this year's meeting, toured the Hilton Jackson Riverfront and sketched out an agenda focusing on wildlife issues. Jim Bryan, chair of the committee, and John Bridges then briefed the Executive Committee.

Game management, economics, recreation, and endangered species are among the variety of topics to be addressed. Participants will also have their choice of wildlife-related field trips. Arrangements are being made for trips to D-Dot Ranch, Longleaf Timber Company lands, and an urban forestry walking tour.

But foresters don't have to wait until fall for stimulating discussion or continuing education credits. Florida Division Chair, Wayne Smith also reported on plans for the SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium in Gainesville on April 21-22. The program entitled "Innovation Is the Answer," will highlight new uses for wood.

January 4, 2004

Wayne Smith takes the Helm of Florida Division
Dr. Wayne H. Smith, past director and emeritus professor of UF's School of Forest Resources and Conservation, assumed the post of chairman for the Florida Division of SAF on January 1. In addition to serving as chair-elect in 2003, Dr. Smith also served as chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee,

He will be assisted by Dr. Eric Jokela as chair-elect and Dr. Jarek Nowak as secretary-treasurer. The complete listing of division and chapter officers has been updated.