Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame

Inman F. Eldridge


1883 - 1963

B.S. Forestry, Biltmore Forest School, 1905

"Cap" Eldredge began his career with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1905 and was appointed Supervisor of the newly created Choctawhatchee and Ocala national forests in Florida in 1909, which he organized and managed for eight years. He developed new methods of conservative turpentining, which were widely applied throughout the naval stores region. He was commissioned and served as captain in the 10th Engineers (forestry) in southern France during World War I. After the war, he returned to the USFS and served as Chief of the Division of Timber Management in the Eastern region, and subsequently became Forest Inspector of Management and Timber Sales on all national forests under Chief Forester W. B. Greeley. He interrupted his USFS career in 1926 to accept industrial employment as Manager of the Suwanee Forest in southeastern Georgia (Superior Pine Products Company). Six years later, he returned to the USFS as Regional Director of the Forest Survey of the South, at the Southern Forest Experiment Station in New Orleans; a position he held until his retirement in 1944.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) Southeastern Section Chair, 1930;
SAF Gulf States Section Chair, 1935;
SAF Fellow, 1942;
SAF Council Member 1940-1943;
SAF Gifford Pinchot Medal for Distinguished Service to Forestry, 1956

Inducted in Florida Society of American Foresters HALL OF FAME January 30, 2017