Florida Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame
VERNE LESTER HARPER
Dr. Harper joined the USDA to form a first field research unit in Starke, Florida. He developed the Olustee Experimental Forest and Research Laboratory; organized research on all aspects relating to naval stores including silviculture and the use of prescribed fire. He became Director of the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station and later Deputy Chief for Research. He was an innovator in national research planning and management, establishing research project autonomy, multi-disciplinary research and collaborative research with universities. He became Professor of Forest Policy, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida where he advocated an integrated forestry curriculum. First recipient of the B.E. Fernow award for service to world forestry, American and German Forestry Associations.
Fellow, Society of American Foresters. 1959