Florida Society of American Foresters

2007 News Items

December 8, 2007

Suwannee Chapter conducts adopt-a-highway clean-up

Members of the Suwannee Chapter met on Saturday morning to collect litter from a two mile stretch of Newberry Road in Gainesville. The effort was organized by Erick Smith and Chris Demers with Joe MacKenzie, Josh Amend, and Charlie Houder joining in. The clean-up was part of a long standing project by the Suwannee Chapter initiated by Ed Barnard and Jim Shepard.

October 6, 2007

Supervisor of Florida's National Forests headed for New Mexico

(From the Florida Forestry Association) Florida's Supervisor for the National Forests, Marsha Kearney, will be leaving her job in January and going to Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service Southwest Region. Kearney has served as the National Forests in Florida Supervisor for nine years. Under her leadership, many partnerships to advance conservation education have been formed. A native Floridian born in Miami, Kearney came home to Florida as Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in Florida in 1998. As Forest Supervisor, she has led the Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala National Forests. She has acquired extensive land management expertise over her 30-year career, working in various leadership positions on National Forests throughout the United States.

September 30, 2007

Shibu Jose and Ralph Jowett to receive national awards

Shibu Jose

Shibu Jose will be honored at the SAF National Convention in Portland, Oregon, with the Young Forester Leadership award. The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters.

Jose is associate professor forest ecology at the University of Florida’s (UF) and is also codirector of the UF’s newly formed Cooperative for Conserved Ecosystems, which performs research and outreach related to the management of conserved forestland.

Jose has published one book—The Longleaf Pine Ecosystem: Ecology, Silviculture, and Restoration—more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and several book chapters. His book, which was published in 2006, was sold out 3 months after publication and is already in its second printing. He is a regular reviewer for competitive funding programs such as USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and the National Science Foundation; he serves as editor for the Journal of Forestry, book review editor for Forest Science, consulting editor for Agroforestry Systems, and editorial board member for Tree Physiology.

Jose has held a variety of SAF positions, including chair of the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida SAF, chair of the Southeastern SAF Communications Committee, and chair of the National Committee on Cultural Diversity. He currently serves as chair of the Florida Division’s annual meeting, a member of the Forest Science and Technology Board, and chair of the Agroforestry Working Group. Jose joined SAF in 1994 and has received awards from the Florida and the Southeastern SAFs for his leadership in the profession.

Ralph Jowett

Ralph L. Jowett, CF has been named as this year's recipient of the Presidential Feild Forester for District X.

(From the Forestry Source, September 2007) The Society of American Foresters will honor 10 foresters from 10 SAF voting districts with the Presidential Field Forester Awards at the 2007 SAF National Convention, to be held October 23 - 27 in Portland, Oregon. The award recipients were selected by SAF Council members who were asked to identify an outstanding field forester from the voting district they represent. Each member was 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.

Since 1990, Jowett has been a part-owner of Jowett & Wood, Inc., a forestry consulting firm with offices in High Springs and Fernandina Beach, Florida. The firm provides forest management, timber and timberland appraisals, and consulting services to primarily small and large private forest landowners, as well as forest product companies, investors, and various government agencies. The company currently manages more than 100,000 acres of very diverse forestland located throughout northern and central Florida and southeastern Georgia. Jowett uses a hands-on approach to help his clients achieve their management objectives, as he is directly involved with the day-to-day land management operations of the company. In the past 10 years, the company has supervised the planting of over 11,000,000 seedlings, with a large emphasis on longleaf pine.

Prior to joining Jowett & Wood, Inc., he worked as a forest technician and graduate forester for another forestry consulting firm for 9 years in Lake City, Florida, and independently as a consulting forester for an additional 3 years. A registered forester in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, he also taught forest technology at Lake City Community College from 1986 to 1987. An SAF member since 1983, Jowett has served as secretary-treasurer of the Florida Division’s Suwannee Chapter. He also is a member and past chair of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America. He presently serves on the Florida Stewardship Coordinating Committee and is a past member of the Lake City Community College Forestry Advisory Committee.

May 3, 2007

Florida Division honors outstanding members

The Florida Division held its annual business meeting and awards breakfast on May 3 in conjunction with the SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium held at the Paramount Hotel in Gainesville. Division Chairman Mark Milligan presented the awards.

Melinda Napier is the recipient of the Southeastern Section Outstanding Student Award for the Plant City campus. She also received the Florida Division Outstanding Graduating Senior in Forestry Award. A Natural Resource Conservation major, she has a GPA of 3.61. Mindy, from Tampa, attended Hillsborough Community College and graduated with an AA degree in 2003.  She entered the UF/Plant City program as a Natural Resource Conservation major in 2005 and was an Urban Forestry Master Plan Intern with the City of Largo, Parks Department, in 2006. She worked as Urban Forestry Data Collector for ArborPro, Inc., in 2006–07. Recently, she has been a research assistant for Dr. Michael Andreu on the City of Tampa UFORE project. She is a student member of SAF and helped start the Plant City student chapter as the founding chairman.  She is a member of Xi Sigma Pi.  After graduating in Summer 2007, she plans to start graduate school after finding a permanent job in the Tampa Bay area. Upon graduating, she hopes to work as an urban forester and acquire her ISA Arborists Certification.  Her longer term plans include a Masters in natural resources and working as manager of a municipal urban forestry or planning department.

Mark Milligan and Mindy Napier
Mark Milligan and Mindy Napier
Mark Milligan and Sam Negaran
Mark Milligan and Sam Negaran

James S. Negaran received the Southeastern Section Outstanding Student Award for the Gainesville campus. Sam is from Jacksonville and received his AA degree from Florida Community College in 2004.  A Forest Resources and Conservation major at the University of Florida/School of Forest Resources and Conservation (UF/SFRC), he was a student assistant for Dr. Martha Monroe during 2005–06 and for Drs. Taylor Stein and Leda Kobziar in 2006-07.  Last summer, he completed an internship with Environmental Services, Inc., in Jacksonville, and will be working there fulltime beginning in May.  He is a member of Xi Sigma Pi and has served as Chair of the UF student Chapter of SAF.

Keith A. Cummings is the recipient of the Florida Division Rising Senior Forestry Student Award.  His GPA as a Forest Resources and Conservation major at UF/SFRC is 3.91.  Keith is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Scholars Honor Society, Xi Sigma Pi, the Forestry Club, and SAF. He earned Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America.  He has worked as an accountant for Sam’s Club and as a research assistant for Dr. Matt Cohen in the wetlands biogeochemistry lab.  He is considering a career as a public or private forest manager in the western US or abroad.

Mark Milligan and Keith Cummings

Mark Milligan and Chris Demers

Christopher M. Demers is the recipient of the Florida Division Young Forester of the Year Award.  As Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator with UF/SFRC since 1999, Chris coordinates this cooperative program between UF, the Florida Division of Forestry, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  In this capacity, he has created the Florida Forestry Information website and coordinated all educational programs associated with the Stewardship Program.  He has served as State Coordinator for the regional Master Tree Farm series since 2001 and has authored several articles published by the Florida Forestry Association (FFA) and Forest Landowner Association. Chris earned a BS in Forest Management in 1994 from SUNY-ESF and a MFRC in 1999 from UF/SFRC.  Before coming to Florida, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America in northern New York as Forestry Outpost Director, as a technician on industry lands in the Adirondacks, and then for the USDA Forest Service in Colorado.  In 1996, he was hired by UF/SFRC to conduct a forest development needs assessment for the Seminole Tribe in Florida.  His services to SAF include Suwannee Chapter Chair – 2004, Suwannee Chapter Chair Search Committee – 2005, Certified Forester since 2002, and SFRC/SAF Spring Symposium Organizing Committee since 1998.  He is the recipient of the UF/SFRC Outstanding Staff Member Award for 2006-07.  Chris is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; a volunteer in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Great Air-Potato Roundup, St. Johns Watershed cleanup, and restoration of Paynes Prairie State Park longleaf/wiregrass; and a volunteer instructor for the Boy Scouts of America Forestry merit badge.

Douglas R. Carter receives the Florida Division Stephen Spurr Award.  Doug, currently Associate Professor of Forest Economics and Management at the UF/SFRC, teaches undergraduate courses in Forest Economics, Quantitative Forest Management, and Integrated Natural Resource Management and graduate courses in Valuation of Forest Resources and Forest Resource Management. He was UF/SFRC Teacher of Year in 2001 and 2006, UF/SFRC Advisor of the Year in 2001, and UF/IFAS Teacher of the Year in 2000.  Doug earned a BS in Forest Management and MS in Forest Economics and Policy from Texas A&M University and PhD in Forest Resource Economics and Management from the University of Georgia. He is Associate Editor for the Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, edited a special issue of Forest Policy and Economics, and led the Southern Forest Economics Workshop in 2004. Doug’s research provides economic logic to many forest management actions on Florida's forests.  His key technical contributions to forestry in Florida include: Southern pine beetle impacts and control policy, productivity and cost changes in Southern pulpwood harvesting, technical efficiency and industry evolution in Southern pulpwood harvesting, attitudes towards joint forest planning among private landowners, restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems on private lands in the South, an ecological economic analysis, visitor preferences and values for water-based recreation in a Florida National Forest, economic impacts of the forest industry in Florida, dendroremediation incentives on the profitability of short-rotation woody crops, a hedonic analysis of the effect of natural attributes and deed restrictions on the value of conservation easements, and the economic feasibility of reclaiming phosphate mined lands with short-rotation woody crops.  Doug has published extensively on economics of forest management, timber supply, tropical timber supply, and land use change. He is a member of the FFA and SAF and is Chair-Elect of the FLSAF.

Mark Milligan and Dr. Doug Carter

Mark Milligan and Dr. Ed Barnard

Edward H. Barnard is the recipient of the Florida Division C. Huxley Coulter Award.  Currently Forest Pathologist and Supervisor, Forest Health Program, FDACS, Divisions of Forestry and Plant Industry, Ed has been with the Florida Division of Forestry since 1978, is widely recognized as an expert in Forest Pathology, and has served Forestry in Florida by educating two generations of County and Urban Foresters about forest pathology.    He represents Florida on the Southern Group of State Foresters (NASF) Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Council.  Ed grew up and graduated from high school in Vermont, earned a BS in Forest Management at the University of Vermont, and received a Masters Degree in Tree Physiology and a PhD in Forest Pathology from Duke University.  Ed was in the US Marine Corps from 1969-1971 and worked for International Paper.  Ed has served as Chair of the Suwannee Chapter, FLSAF, and the Philosophy and History Working Group, and has completed the SAF National Leadership Academy.  He has authored/coauthored 135 scientific articles. He has served as an Adjunct professor at UF; Associate Editor of Plant Disease; Host and Program Chair of the Southwide Forest Disease Workshop (SWFDW); spearheaded a number of major investigations of Southwide forest disease problems; and as a member of the Eastern National Forest Disease Steering Committee.  His awards include: the SWFDW’s Outstanding Extension Papers in 1985, 1997, and 1999, Outstanding Research Publication in 1994, and Southern Forest Pathologist’s Achievement Award in 2005; Service Forester of the Year 1989; SESAF’s Award of Excellence for Research 1999; and FLSAF’s Stephen Spurr Award in 1992.  Ed has been married to Elna Rawson of Jericho, Vermont, for 35 years, and has three children.  He is an active member of the Creekside Community Church in Gainesville and served two years on the Executive Committee of the SE District of the Christian Missionary Alliance.  He coached basketball for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alachua County and served as Varsity Basketball Coach for Cornerstone Academy.  He was Chairman of the Band Boosters Concession at Buchholz High School.  Ed is recognized as one of the most practical people around.

Gregory D. Driskell is given a Recognition Award for his strong leadership as Chair, Florida Division, 2006.  Greg continued the Division’s invigoration, overseeing several projects: two historical markers (one dedicated in January 2007 at Cedar Key celebrating the area’s rich history in forest products, another commemorating the oldest known forest plantation in the US near Pensacola), “A History of Florida Forests” to be published soon, and an expanded Forest Discovery Center at the Florida State Fair.   FL-SAF supported a teacher on the 2006 FFA Teachers Tour.  During Greg’s tenure, revised Florida Division by-laws were submitted and approved by SESAF and the national SAF, and a new chapter was established at UF’s Plant City campus.   Greg oversaw refilling the Division’s Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer positions and began planning for the 2007 SESAF meeting in Florida.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee as the past-chair.

April 3, 2007

Panhandle Chapter meetings for 2007

The Panhandle Chapter met January 16 in Milton and March 20 in Marianna. Dr. Rick Williams of the University of Florida updated the members and guests with the latest research on invasive plants at the January meeting. Mark Milligan of Landmark Systems showed off the latest technology for precision forestry at the March meeting.

The Panhandle Chapter will meet on Tuesday, May 15 in DeFuniak Springs following an IFAS workshop on Vegetation Management. Continuing Education Credits have been applied for.

The Chapter will meet again in Marianna on Tuesday, July 17.  The planned subject will be the development of the wood pellet plant in Jackson County.

The Chapter will not have a meeting in September, as we will be attending the SESAF annual meeting in beautiful Sandestin, September 23-25.   The local committee is developing a series of forestry stops for members traveling in from other areas, and we are looking forward to showing off our region. (see article below)

Contact Rick Williams or Craig Iversen for more information about Chapter activities.

February 5, 2007

"A History of Florida Forests" available for order

A definitive history of Florida's forests, commissioned in 1966 but "lost" for decades, is finally available. Baynard Kendrick began writing "A History of Florida Forests" at the request of state forester Hux Coulter in 1966. The manuscript was never completed and remained with the Division of Forestry until it was rescued by Charles Maynard, Ed Barnard and others who knew of its existence. Barry Walsh, former editor of the Journal of Forestry, was recruited to pick up where Kendrick left off. She updated and edited the manuscript and with financial assistance from the Florida Division of SAF the work was completed and accepted for publication.

According to the pre-release flyer from the University Press of Florida, the hardcover edition will be available in March. The price will be $65.00, although a 35% discount is being offered through March 31st. Orders may be made using the attached flyer, by calling 1-800-226-3822, or by visiting www.upf.com.

February 12, 2007

Mark Brown receives the Gene Lain Memorial Award

The Caribbean Chapter honored one of its own by presenting the Gene Lain Memorial Award to Volusia County land manager Mark Brown. The award is named for a former Withlachoochee District Forester with the Division of Forestry and is given to an individual or group within the chapter area who have made an outstanding contribution or service to the field of forestry. It has only been presented five times in the last 30 years.

Mark has assisted in the development of various County codes and ordinances relative to tree protection and land development, including the comprehensive tree permitting and enforcement program that he is responsible for supervising.

He serves as an executive member on the Technical Review committee that considers aspects of forest ecology and engineering methods when evaluating development design with the goal of preserving natural areas within proposed communities.

He has helped to develop and implement forest and wildlife management strategies for 30,000 acres of County owned lands.

Mark has been an active member of SAF, since joining as a student at UF.  He has twice served as the Caribbean Chapter Chair and has organized the Volusia County/ SAF Caribbean Chapter Walk in the Forest for the past 10 years.

January 20, 2007

Live forestry satellite and internet program announced:
"Preparing for the Next Owner - A 2007 Master Tree Farmer Mini-series Installment"

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Eastern Time (6:00-9:00 pm Central Time)
Tuesday evenings: February 20, 27 and March 6, 2007
Broadcast live from the studios of Clemson University to interested locations throughout the South via Satellite and Internet

Cooperative Extension Service foresters in the Southern Region have recently completed coordinating the development of the 2007 Master Tree Farmer Satellite and Internet Mini-Series program. This shortcourse is designed for landowners, forestry association members, Extension agents, county foresters and others who find themselves dealing with the subject of preparing the their land for the next owner. This unique course is organized by a committee of several Extension foresters, state forestry agency professionals and federal natural resources specialists.

Agenda topics include:

The mini-series is scheduled for live satellite and Internet feed from the campus of Clemson University beginning Tuesday evening, February 20th, 2007 and continuing for two additional Tuesday evenings through March 6th, 2007. The live Internet and satellite broadcast will begin promptly at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (6:00 pm Central Time) and continue until 10:00 pm Eastern Time (9:00 pm Central Time). In Florida the course will be hosted in Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Osceola, Pinellas, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The sessions are hosted by regional and national experts and include the opportunity for audience interaction via toll free and Internet call in options.

Registration for Florida locations will be through the Florida Forestry Association. Each attendee will pay $60 for the course. Those sharing materials with a registered attendee will pay $25. Registrants will receive a workbook and a CD with presentation notes for each session. Those completing all three sessions will receive a certificate and hat. Please register by February 6, 2007. Registrations postmarked after February 6 will be $70 ($30 sharing materials) and will be accepted until February 20. Foresters, Society of American Foresters Continuing Forestry Education Credits will be provided, number TBA.

The registration brochure is in the mail to all on the Florida Forest Stewardship mailing list, but the brochure, program and host site details are all on-line at:

Questions about the program can be directed to Chris Demers at (352) 846-2375, cdemers@ufl.edu. Please share this announcement with others.

This program is made possible in Florida by:

This program is sponsored across the Southern region by:

January 3, 2007

St. Johns Chapter meets at Camp Shands

The St. Johns Chapter met Friday 8 December at Camp Shands, a boy scout campground south of Melrose. Staff from the camp, which is approximately 1,000 acres of mixed longleaf pine-hardwood sandhills, are reviewing their existing management plan and have asked the chapter to provide guidance on implementing the plan while retaining the aesthetic character of the property.

Steve Lloyd, Cooperative Forestry Assistance (CFA) Coordinator for Region 3 (Central Florida) for the Florida Division of Forestry gave a very informative and enjoyable presentation covering the history of the CFA program, current cost-share programs available, and the division of labor between County Foresters and private consultants.

Congratulations to out-going chair Shawn McMahon on steering the chapter for the past year, and good luck to Kathryn Hutchins who begins her term as chair on 1 January.

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