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SAF to Honor Field Foresters at National Convention
he Society of American Foresters will honor nine foresters from eight SAF voting districts with the Presidential Field Forester Award at the 2012 SAF National Convention, to be held October 24–28 in Spokane, Washington. The award recipients were selected by SAF Council members, who were asked to identify an outstanding field forester from the voting district they represent. Each member was given the option of soliciting nominations from state society chairs and, from those nominations, selecting a nominee for recognition, or using any other process that would identify a worthy candidate based on the selection criteria. District 1 G. Kirk David David is a 37-year veteran of the forestry profession whose work history includes positions with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, W-I Forest Products, Idaho Department of Lands, University of Idaho Extension, and the Idaho Forest Landowners Association. During that time, he developed a reputation as a professional who “practices what he preaches” and has a passion for empowering family-forest landowners with the tools and information they need to manage their lands effectively and sustainably. Among the highlights of his career was his leadership in the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) efforts to reach out to landowners through a variety of technical assistance, cost-share, and educational programs. As a result of his initiative, hundreds of forest owners have benefited and many acres of forestland throughout the state have been improved. Since his retirement from the IDL, David remains fully engaged with the profession and he continues to serve familyforest landowners through his work with the University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Tree Farm program. In addition, he currently serves as the executive vicepresident of the Idaho Forest Owners Association and manages his own forestland in Idaho and Florida. District 2 Blair E. Moody, CF Moody began his forestry career in 1975 with Southwest Forest Industries in Williams, Arizona, scaling incoming loads of pulpwood, reloading railcars, maintaining inventories, and supervising a crew of two. Six months later he was promoted to the position of pulpwood logging supervisor, in which where he supervised log production in compliance with government contracts. In 1983 he took on the duties of contract logging supervisor for the company’s sawmill in Flagstaff and, in 1986, was transferred to the company’s operations in Medford, Oregon, and promoted to logging manager, during which he supervised log production, road building, a log quality program, and reforestation. In 1994 he became the administration and logging manager for Southwest Forest Industries and its successors Stone Forest Industries and US Forest Industries. In that position,
he was commended for team leadership, professional integrity, communication skills, and administrative diligence and received the Chair’s Award for Team Excellence. In 1999 Moody was recruited to join the Medford Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a special forest products forester, a position in which he helped develop and initiate BLM stewardship contracting and served as team lead in developing the Southwest Oregon Interagency Biomass Utilization Strategy. In 2011 he became a “service first” forester for both the Medford BLM and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, and his collaborative efforts have led to the Solutions for Forests Conference, which was the precursor for Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin’s Dry Forest Applegate Pilot project, which showcases the two professors’ ecological restoration principles. District 3 Martin D. Grubrud, CF In his long and varied career in the forestry profession, Grubrud has showcased his talent for forestry in several projects that have had a lasting effect on both the profession and the communities in their vicinity. The first of these came in the early 1970s, at the beginning of his career with the LA County Forestry Division, when he was tasked with tree planting at the Castaic Reservoir. At the end of the five-year project, he had planted more than 180,000 trees. Today, those trees are being thinned for a future picnic and camping area at this popular recreation site. His success at Castaic brought him to assist Deputy Forester Klaus Radtke in 1977, in his study of low-fuel plantings. The work resulted in the first fire history maps of LA County. In 1981 Grubrud was promoted to field deputy forester and put in charge of a field forestry camp at the top of Mt. Gleason. In 1982 he assisted with the writing of the original County Oak Tree Ordinance and oversaw its subsequent revisions. Today, more than 10 counties and 40 cities have their own version of an oak or native tree ordinance and, in 2005, the state authored and approved its own legislation concerning California’s oak resource. In 1999 Grubrud started his own forestry consulting business—M.D. Grubrud’s Forestry and Fire Service— and, working in the Crowley Lake Area of Mono County, he worked with the fire chief to establish a Fire Safe Council and a FireWise Community. He also assisted Mono and Inyo Counties with the writing of their own Community Wildfire Protection Plans. In 2008 he was named lead forester for the historic Wrightwood Ranch in Los Angeles County and is currently working on oak, fire, and forest management plans for the entire 300-acre property. District 5 Brent S. Olson, CF Olson began working in the field in 1986 with Simpson Timber Company and then began working for the US Forest Service Intermountain Research Station and Southern Research Station.
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In 1990 he began his career with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as a district forester and then was promoted to his current position—area forester for the Loess Hills State Forest. In this position, Olson has helped the state forest grow from 2,000 acres to nearly 12,000 in a ambitious land acquisition and protection program. His innovative tree plantings incorporate a variety of species, resulting in improved health, vigor, and diversity. He has developed and researched many ways of implementing mast tree direct seedings over large areas, and he has created a prescribed burning program that includes all of the area’s vegetation types, including prairies, savannas, and woodlands. He was on the original task force to create GIS layers for the state’s forest resources and is working on developing a trail system throughout the forest that balances recreation and environmental protection. In addition, he has successfully obtained grants to fund timber-stand improvement projects, prairie seeding, tree plantings, land acquisition, and equipment, and he has a knack for finding partners to cooperate and implement management of natural resources. To that end, he has been a leader in the Loess Hills Alliance, which works across seven counties in western Iowa to promote sustainable forest management and wise use of the forest’s resources. Olson also is credited with starting the Missouri River Foresters Group, which includes foresters and natural resources professionals from five states who meet each fall in a different host state to look at different approaches to forest management across the region. District 6 Daniel J. Cyr Cyr has been an active member of the New Hampshire forestry community during the past 30 years. He has been involved with such organizations as the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, New Hampshire Tree Farm, and Project Learning Tree. An outspoken advocate for all things forestry, Cyr has a reputation for broaching issues that negatively affect either his ability to practice forestry in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, or his landowner’s rights to do the same. He also has a reputation for going the “extra mile” for his clients and has been known to spend countless hours piling brush, hand raking hiking trails, and lopping tops after harvesting operations to make jobs look better and ensure his clients are satisfied with the results. He has been a board or executive committee member for the New Hampshire Tree Farm program, Project Learning Tree, the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, his hometown Conservation Commission, the County Natural Resource Committee, and the Granite State Division of the New England SAF, serving extended tours of duty on each.
District 7 Gary L. Gilmore, CF Gilmore excels in his role as a Pennsylvania service forester, providing excellent technical assistance, advice, and educational opportunities to landowners, students and scouts, landowner groups, public agencies, and nonprofits. He is known for keeping up with the latest scientific knowledge and techniques, and incorporating them into his work with local landowners and municipalities. A tree farmer himself, his property demonstrates good management and is a proving ground for innovative practices. Gilmore’s professional accomplishments are numerous and varied. The following is just a sample of what he has contributed to the field of forestry: He was instrumental in the establishment of the US Forest Service Oak Silviculture Course, which is taken by virtually all Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry employees and is a vital part of the bureau’s continuing education endeavors; he is a qualified “burn boss” and an early proponent of using prescribed fire for oak silviculture on state forest lands; he serves as manager of the American Chestnut Foundation property at Coal Glen in Jefferson County and organizes treeplanting projects and assists professors from the Penn State Dubois campus in research projects on the property; he conducts a deer census on the Clear Creek State Forest, using students from the Wildlife degree program at the Penn State Dubois campus; and he is a much-requested speaker who has presented at events ranging from local and regional SAF meetings to schools and landowner workshops. District 8 Jake M. Stone Stone worked as a field forester for the Union Camp Corporation in various levels of field forestry from 1960 to 1997. During his first 15 years with the company, he progressed through several positions of increasing responsibility and later became nursery supervisor and then superintendent of seedling production and farms. Many of the advances in hardwood nursery production can be attributed to Stone, who developed and constructed a root-pruning machine for bareroot hardwood seedlings with safeguards, saving an untold number of fingers and hands. He also modified three small tractor-towed granular fertilizer applicators by building them into a tractor-mounted frame with a hydraulic driver, which allowed workers to fertilize three seedbeds simultaneously. At the time, most were broadcast seeding hardwoods, often by hand. To improve the efficiency of seeding hardwood, Stone modified agricultural and forestry equipment to satisfactorily row seed small hardwood seed species and small seed acorns. He also developed a technique for stratifying green ash seed to avoid mold problems. To further the science of forestry, Stone shared his innovations with other nursery workers through conferences and speaking engagements, rather than treating the information as proprietary. By the time he retired in 1997, most of his innovations were still in use.
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SAF to Honor National and Field Forester Award Winners at 2012 Convention
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