Florida Society of American Foresters

2011 News

November 14, 2011

Florida Division presents annual awards
by Don Rockwood and Charlie Houder

The Florida Division held its annual business meeting and award presentations on November 9, 2011 at the Paramount Plaza Hotel in Gainesville. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 41st annual SAF-SFRC Symposium. The following awards were presented:

Harper Hanway was the recipient of the Florida Division Young Forester of the Year Award in recognition of demonstrated leadership in forestry and community and active participation and outstanding achievement in professional and civic organizations. Harper was born and raised in Tallahassee in a family with several generations in the southeastern timber business. After graduating from high school, he moved west to work with the Idaho Department of Lands and to earn a BS in Forestry from the University of Montana while also working with the Pacific Yew Extraction Program. He returned to Florida in 2003 as a forester with the Florida Division of Forestry in Carrabelle, then did state-wide forest inventory with the USFS Forest Inventory & Analysis Program, and for the last six years has been with Southern Forestry Consultants in Monticello. Harper is a Candidate member of ACF, a member of the Steering Committee of the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council, and a certified burner in Florida and Georgia. Harper, the most active member of the Big Bend Chapter while its membership has increased by 20%, is its new Chair Elect after notably serving two consecutive terms as Secretary-Treasurer. He also has taken a leadership role in the Chapter's service to the Barksdale Foundation, volunteering many days to improve management of the Foundation's forest, ultimately to provide timber income to support the Foundation's programs. He works well with children, also taking opportunities such as the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History annual Farm Days Event to teach children about the importance of forests and forestry in Florida. He and his family have helped with the Wakulla Coastal Clean-up Day by picking up trash along the trails and roads in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. Enjoying all things outdoors, especially hiking and fishing, Harper resides in Monticello with his wife, Erica, and their two Labrador retrievers. He is a member of the United Methodist Church in Monticello which he attends with his family. Harper is an exemplary professional and citizen, a true southern gentleman, with strong family and religious values.

Dr. Edward F. Gilman received the Florida Division Stephen Spurr Award for technical contributions to forestry in Florida. A New Jersey native, he received a BS in Forestry and MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology from Rutgers. A professor with a 50% research, 50% extension appointment in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida, Dr. Gilman is a nationally and internationally renowned speaker and researcher. His research emphasizing the effects of nursery production methods on tree quality, tree establishment rates, water requirements after transplanting, and tree pruning and stability is widely regarded as "cutting edge" in urban forestry and arboriculture. His research has led to changes in growing practices in the nursery industry as well a greater awareness of proper tree pruning practices by commercial arborists. Dr. Gilman has published more than 200 technical articles, six books, and numerous horticultural CD-ROMs and annually presents his research findings at various seminars and meetings. Ed has two daughters and resides in Gainesville. His hobbies and interests include sports cars, attending auto races, and woodworking.

Butch Mallett and Eric Hoyer

Walter "Butch" Mallett Jr. is the recipient of the Florida Division C. Huxley Coulter Award for contributions to the profession of forestry. Butch has been active in the forestry profession in several capacities with the Florida Division of Forestry (FDF) for over 26 years. After earning a BS in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, Butch joined the FDF as Forest Ranger in Fort Myers, was subsequently PRIP Forester for Suwannee County, Citrus County Forester, STOP Camp Forester at the Withlacoochee State Forest (WSF), Timber Management Forester at WSF, Senior Forester in Gainesville, Forestry Resource Administrator at Goethe State Forest, and is currently Senior Forester for the FDF's Other Public Lands - Region 4, providing forestry and timber management assistance to public landowners. With this experience, a strong work ethic, professionalism, wonderful working relationships, and breadth of knowledge of silviculture, he is the "go to" guy for other state and county land managers. Butch is an active long-time member of the Caribbean Chapter of FLSAF, always volunteering to assist in whatever capacity is requested, e.g., participating for many years in the Chapter's "Walk-in-the-Forest" program and helping with the annual seedling sale that funds high school students to attend the Florida Forestry Association's forestry camp. Butch is truly a credit to our profession.

Dr. Lonnie O. Ingram is the recipient of the Florida Division Wood Utilization Award for development of an unique use of wood. Dr. Ingram received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Botany and is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at the University of Florida. Dr. Ingram's work since the 1980s has focused on the genetic engineering of novel bacterial biocatalysts for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol fuels and other fermentation products which can replace imported petroleum. His work involves cloning and moving genes to add new and useful traits to ethanol producing organisms and the design of novel engineering processes to produce ethanol and other chemicals. It has the potential to make cellulosic ethanol more economically feasible and to extend the use of woody biomass to the production of plastics. This could provide new markets for Florida-grown wood and an environmentally sustainable alternative to petroleum. Dr. Ingram's work is the basis for a pilot project by the University of Florida and Buckeye Technologies Inc. to commercially produce ethanol and bioplastics from wood.

Scott Crosby received a Recognition Award for his strong leadership as Chair, Florida Division, 2010. During Scott's term, the FLSAF group was created on the LinkedIn website, and an Executive committee section was created on the archive portion of the FLSAF website for storage of EC meeting minutes, treasurer reports, etc. FLSAF also donated $1,500 to the UF student chapter to defray some of the costs of students attending the SAF National Convention. Thanks to several generous donors, the vandalized Historic Marker at Putnam Lodge was replaced. FLSAF also contributed funds to sponsor a teacher for the 2010 Teachers' Tour. Scott also served on the SFRC Advisory Board. Scott is currently serving on the FLSAF Executive Committee as the past-chair.

In addition to the awards presented at the meeting, several members were recognized for honors announced earlier in the year:

Katie Termer received the Florida Division Outstanding Graduating Senior in Forestry Award for academic performance and leadership potential in SAF. A Forest Resources and Conservation major who graduated in May, Katie plans to undertake graduate work in Forest Entomology leading to a PhD. She aspires to work abroad, then return to a southern or western US research station to work with native species before starting her own forest management company specializing in forest health. At UF, Katie was a member of SAF (serving as 2011 Chair of the UF Chapter), SAF Student Representative for the Agriculture Counsel, Student Representative on a UF Search and Screen Committee, Forestry Club member, Student Association for Fire Ecology member, member of the Florida Forestry Association, and member of the American Phytopathological Society since 2007. As a summer 2010 intern with the St. John's River Water Management District, her drive, persistence, dependability, and passion for the work earned her a leadership role in developing the District's GIS program.

Dr. Eric Jokela has been named as a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. This exceptional recognition is bestowed upon a member by their peers for outstanding contributions and service to the Society and the profession. Dr. Jokela is a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Nutrition at School of Forest Resources and Conservation. His impressive resume includes the Florida Division Outstanding Leadership Award and Outstanding Leadership Award in 2006 and the Southeastern SAF Award of Excellence for Research and Development in 2008.

Bob Heeke

Bob Heeke received the Presidential Field Forester Award for District X covering Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Much of Bob's work has focused on adapting traditional forest management techniques to reestablish natural structure and function to stands established by the former owners for short rotation slash pine production. Bob is extraordinarily adept at assessing a site, both on the ground and through the use of tools such as historic aerial photos and GIS data, to understand its hydrology, soils, and species associations. He has applied this knowledge to guide the development of a set of desired future conditions which have become the parameters for management outcomes. He has been successful in using harvesting, reforestation, prescribed burning, chemical vegetation control, as well as hydrologic alterations to manage vegetative communities toward their desired future conditions. He has been active in the Society of American Foresters since 1981 and received the SESAF award for excellence in the general practice of forestry in 2005.

October 23, 2011

Suwannee and Student chapters hold annual get together
by Charlie Houder

It was a cool, clear Friday evening as SAF members from the Suwannee and Student chapters gathered for what has become an annual event. With the recent loss of the conference center at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest, the meeting and dinner were moved to the screened pavilion across the way. Approximately 20 people attended including Florida Division Chair Eric Hoyer.

The Suwannee Chapter business meeting began with the selection of officers for 2012. Brian Condon volunteered to serve as chair-elect and Charlie Dunn offered to serve as secretary treasurer. Members in attendance unanimously approved their appointment. The office of chairman remains available.

Chairman Larry Simon then recognized the seven members in attendance who have been members of SAF for at least 10 years. David Fox, Joe McKenzie, Larry Simon, Chris Demers and Terry Demott each received a 10 year pin. Jib Davidson and Charlie Houder each received pines for logging more than 30 years as members.

Chairman Simon then sought ideas for future activities or a future direction for the chapter. Most of the discussion centered on participating in a native plant sale. Eric Hoyer and Michael Andreau described the success of similar sales held by the Caribbean Chapter. A committee was formed to investigate the idea.

After a cookout with food provided by Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, the students indulged the elder members by allowing them to recount experiences and lessons learned during their forestry careers.

On Saturday morning, four Suwannee Chapter members and three Student Chapter members met at NW 43rd Street and Newberry Road in Gainesville to conduct an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup. Approximately 250 pounds of trash were collected in less than two hours. Chris Demers, who has managed the cleanup for the last couple of years, subsequently learned that the chapter's contract with DOT had expired. In consultation with the chapter officers, it was decided that the chapter should not pursue the renewal of the agreement at this time.

July 29, 2011

Adam Putnam addresses the Big Bend Chapter at Tall Timbers
by Pat Minogue

On July 12, before a "barn" full of foresters and their spouses at the Tall Timbers Research Station in Leon County, Adam Putnam, the newly elected Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, eloquently offered his perspective on what the future may hold for forestry in both the public and private sectors. During his 40-minute talk the commissioner touched on the effect of recent legislative changes on the Florida Department of Agriculture and the newly re-named Florida Forest Service. He stated this name change was intended to elevate the status of the agency within his department, and noted that the public strongly identifies the forestry agency. The commissioner offered the support and assistance of the Office of Energy, now housed within the department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Commissioner Putnam shared his vision for forest management's future role in water supply and quality, biomass energy production, recreation, and the importance of forests in keeping the next generation connected to the land and nature. He placed special emphasis on the need to adapt to changing technologies to sustain Florida's agricultural and forestry industries. He recognized the importance forestry will play in developing alternative energy sources, to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, and the importance of providing incentives to landowners to develop alternative fuel sources.

Tom Gilpin, past Chair, led the group in a moment of silence to recognize Josh Burch and Brett Fulton, two Florida Forest Service Rangers tragically killed fighting a wildfire.

Tall Timbers was a most gracious host for the meeting, allowing the Commissioner an opportunity to visit their magnificent Wade Tract, a virgin longleaf pine stand, prior to the meeting. We are grateful to Tall Timbers, Big Bend Chapter officers Pat Minogue, Harper Hanway, and Mike Cunningham along with Chapter members Charles Maynard and Mark Milligan, for putting together a meaningful and enjoyable evening.

At the June Big Bend Chapter meeting, Bill Consoletti SASAF Historian and Pine Mountain Secretary, made a presentation "How Forestry Came to the Southeast". He described the beginning of the forest industry in the southeast for production of naval stores, masts and lumber for shipbuilding in the new world. The extraction of pine resins and processing for turpentine remained an important part of southern forestry until the 1930's. We are grateful for Bill's time in traveling to Tallahassee to make an interesting presentation and enjoyable meeting.

On May 21 the Big Bend Chapter had a service day at the Barksdale Foundation for Children with Special Needs to clear brush to provide a viewing area for the lake, open up hiking trails, and develop a tree identification nature trail. Harper Hanway, Dave Lewis, David Norton, Linda Keen and Pat Minogue were in attendance for some hard work, and the satisfaction of helping the kids. Recent forest management, some work pro-bono, by Southern Forestry Consultants has included harvests, plantation thinning, and longleaf pine release. Cheryl Abercrombie, Barksdale Secretary expressed her thanks to the chapter for our work in the past two years, things are really shaping up for the kids!

June 27, 2011

Suwannee Chapter Tours Canaan Ranch
by Chris Demers

On June 23, 2011, the Suwannee Chapter of the Florida Society of American Foresters met at Canaan Ranch, property of Nolan Galloway family, in Gilchrist County. The meeting began at 4:00 pm with some introductions and socializing, followed by a presentation about the American Tree Farm System by Greg Marshall, Gilchrist County Forester, Florida Division of Forestry.

After Greg's presentation, landowner Nolan Galloway gave the group an engaging introduction to the property, its history and how he got involved in managing it. His story illustrates well the plight of many landowners today who are trying simply make enough revenue to pay basic management and tax related expenses:

Canaan Ranch was originally purchased by Nolan's great grandfather in 1944, who operated the property as a cattle farm, but sandy soils provided insufficient browse. Giving up on cattle, he began to plant pine trees. With about 2,000 acres of naturally regenerated longleaf pine and another 1,200 acres in a mixture of planted slash pine, longleaf, and oak hammocks, the family has harvested trees when needed and replanted when financially feasible. After earning a Bachelor degree at University of Florida in business with a minor in forest resources and conservation, Nolan decided to take on the long-term management of the property. Nolan's goal for the property is to preserve much of the naturally regenerated longleaf pine / wiregrass habitat forever, while bringing the sparsely populated longleaf areas into better production by planting containerized seedlings. Prescribed fire has been and will continue to be an important management tool. A small amount of Japanese climbing fern was found on the property and promptly treated. Challenges have all been financial but, with the help of financial assistance from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources Conservation Service, several management dreams have been realized. Nolan is working toward a perpetual annual harvest and regeneration cycle that will allow the ranch to pay for itself as well as fund future investments. According to Nolan, "Managing this property is a life-long passion for me. I do not get paid for my efforts at the ranch but I take great pride in the property and consider my work there to be my legacy."

After a delicious barbeque supper, prepared by Larry Simon, Suwannee Chapter Chair, Nolan led the group on a brief, early-evening tour of the property.

Suwannee Chapter members attending, left to right: David Fox, Brian
Condon, Chris Demers, Larry Simon, Terry Demott, and Bob Heeke

Longleaf pine stand on the Canaan Ranch

April 30, 2011

Suwannee Chapter Meets at PCA's Clyattville Mill

The Suwannee Chapter went to neighboring Georgia for its first meeting of 2011. Chairman Larry Simon, an employee of Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), arranged for chapter members to tour the company's woodyard and mill in Clyattville, Georgia. The April 29th meeting convened at 11 AM in the conference room of PCA's woodlands division. Eight members of the Suwannee Chapter and two members of Georgia's Flatwoods Chapter attended.

Suwannee Chapter members with Don Pope
(top row from left) PCA General Manager Donald Pope and Suwannee
Chapter members: Dave Fox, Brian Condon, Charlie Houder, Charlie Dunn,
(bottom row from left) Jib Davidson, Larry Simon, Chris Demers, and Ben Dow.

The chapter business meeting concentrated on upcoming events including a program on the Tree Farm System to be held this summer and a joint meeting and adopt-a-highway cleanup to be held with the Student Chapter in the fall. Details will be forthcoming.

The business meeting concluded at noon with lunch provided by PCA. General Manager Donald Pope assisted by staff from PCA and Fulghum Fibres, the woodyard operator, provided an excellent and comprehensive tour of the facilities.

The woodyard takes in about 1.7 million tons of wood a year. The operation is chain of custody certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and receives about 20% of its wood from certified sources.

The mill is essentially energy self-sufficient using bark and fines as fuel for electricity-generating steam turbines. PCA is installing a new turbine that is set to come on line in the fall and enable the mill to increase the output of both energy and finished product.

Groundwater feeds the manufacturing process which in turn generates about 8 MGD of effluent. This waste water passes through a series of seven treatment ponds before entering a one-half-mile-long pipe that discharges to the Withlacoochee River.

The mill produces over 450,000 tons of virgin linerboard per year which is sent primarily to PCA box plants to form the inner and outer layers of corrugated boxes. Although built in the 1950's, the mill has been able to remain near state-of-the-art and to continually improve on resource efficiency.

January 21, 2011

Big Bend Chapter Year in Review

Under the leadership of Chairman Pat Minogue the Big Bend Chapter SAF continued to busy themselves with community projects in 2010.

As posted earlier on the Florida Web Page, a few of the Big Bend Chapter members banded together in the heat and rain on June 5th to help the Barksdale Foundation in Madison County with clean-up chores in preparation for the Grand Opening of the Barksdale Historic Farm. Big Benders lopped limbs, cleared brush, and removed trash and small patches of Chinese tallow and cut and removed a large pine log that had fallen across the primary hiking trail on the property.

On September 25th the chapter participated in a "Clean-Up Day" on the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge located south of Tallahassee in Wakulla County (Figure 2). The St. Marks clean-up was part of a larger annual effort to remove litter and debris from public areas along the coastal regions of the northwest Florida area. The Big Bend Team gathered over 100 pounds of refuse.

The Chapter also manned a booth and demonstration area at the Annual Fall Farm Days event at the Tallahassee Museum of natural history on December 11th (Figures 3-7). Members spoke with visitors about the importance of forestry in Florida, its role in the economic development of the state, and the various products and benefits provided by healthy forests. They also demonstrated how we identify trees; determine their ages and heights.

Once again, thanks to the Florida Division of Forestry and Southern Forestry Consultants, foresters were able to demonstrate the proper technique for planting longleaf pines and bald cypress trees. (submitted by Tom Gilpin)

2010 Tallahassee Museum of Natural History Fall Farm Days Event

Big Bend Chapter Members on the porch of the Turpentine Commissary at the Tallahassee Museum for the Farm Days Event, L-R: Secretary-Treasurer Harper Hanway, Charlie Marcus, Tom Gilpin, Chairman Pat Minogue, Mark Milligan, Mark´s wife, Lauren, and Stan Rosenthal.
Chapter members make final preparations to the forestry station in front of the Turpentine Commissary.
Mark Milligan demonstrates how to plant a seedling using a shovel.
Charlie Marcus, Dave Lewis, and Stan Rosenthal prepare a few of the 300 pine and cypress seedlings for giveaway.
Rosenthal, Gilpin, and Milligan exchange information with passer-bys during the event. Many thanks to Erica Hanway for these photographs.

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