Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame
HARRY LEE BAKER
Born February 24, 1888
Leader with USDA Forest Service before serving the Virginia Forest Service; rejoined the Forest Service in 1926 to do study of forest situation in Florida. Authored Forest Fires in Florida. Results of both influenced state to pass bill establishing State Board of Forestry which created Florida Forest Service; named first State Forester to head new agency. Established forest fire control program and state nursery to promote tree planting. Affected policy on forest conservation laws, parks, and conservation education. Assisted CCC in developing state parks, fire tower network, telephone lines. First state forest, Pine Log, purchased in 1936.
Founding Member Southeastern Section Society of American Foresters