Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame
JOHN M. BETHEA
Born November 14, 1919
Career employee of the Florida Forest Service/Division of Forestry; provided distinguished leadership as State Forester for 17 years. Served as President of the National Association of State Foresters. Assisted the state by service on the Florida Conservation and Recreation Lands Selection Committee. Providing leadership to the National Wildfire Coordinating group and other tasks led to the Golden Smoky Award. Earned Mr. Tree-Riffic Award from the Florida Forestry Association and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation. In 2001 the State of Florida named the John M. Bethea State Forest in his honor.
Florida Section Society of American Foresters Chairman. 1968