The Consultant - 2016 - (Page 10)
His legacy runs deep through the community
Keville and Weezie Larson visit Mount St. Helens.
ack when Keville Larson was an
undergrad at Stanford University, he explored as many options
as were available: astronomy,
architecture, English, history and more.
But the woods kept drawing him
home. He spent his summers amid the
trees-and for a time lived in a tent in
the foothills near campus-claiming
his place in the family's extensive history in forestry. Even now, more than a
decade after selling the Mobile, Alabamabased diversified forestry consulting firm
Larson & McGowin, Inc. to a new owner,
the 78-year-old Larson still works part
days managing property. Today, however,
that longleaf land is his own 1,000 acres,
including family property he first put his
foot on as a teen.
"It's an investment; it's our retirement;
it's value that we're going to use; it's my
health club, because I get out there and
exercise; it's my therapist because I don't
need one if I can get to go to the woods;
and it's a little bit of my church, too," he
said. "It's a peaceful place to be."
The affable Larson, a fixture in the
forestry industry for decades, has earned
practically every accolade and held every
leadership position in the field: a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Forest
Landowners Association; president and
then chairman of the Alabama Forestry
Association; chairman of the Alabama
Forestry Council; president and then executive board member of the Association of
Consulting Foresters; board member for
the Seventh American Forest Congress;
induction into the Foresters Hall of Fame
from the Society of American Foresters;
and member of the Yale Forest Forum
External Advisory Board (he received
a master's degree in forestry from the
school); just to name a few.
Ask him what he's most proud of,
though, and the answer might come as a
surprise. In addition to his forestry legacy,
Larson has left a substantial fingerprint
on the area arts scene. Here, he has been
president of the Allied Arts Council of
Metropolitan Mobile; board member for
the City of Mobile Museum; president of
Greater Mobile Concerts, Inc.; president
of Mobile Opera; and board member for
Mobile Botanical Gardens. He also has been
a board of trustees member for Dauphin
Way Methodist Church.
"I do like the other activities," he said,
noting that his favorites now include a lingering cup of coffee in the morning with his
wife of 53 years, Weezie Larson, and sunset
boating on the Dog River with a cocktail.
There also has been a significant amount of
soccer through the years; he helped form one
of Mobile's first teams in 1966 and played
until age 60-time to protect his knees, he
said, so he could keep walking in the woods.
Involvement in the community is something Larson has always valued-and he
hopes his participation inspires others.
Besides, bringing his business and professional expertise to various organizations has
been a better fit than bringing his musical
skills-or lack thereof. His mother, her four
brothers and their mother, from a sawmill
town, formed their own chamber music
group, enjoyed playing, and encouraged
others to do the same.
"My mother was a strong pianist,"
he said. "She wasn't a professional, but
Keville and Weezie Larson sightseeing
during the ACF Flagstaff meeting.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2016
From the Executive Director: The Elephant in the Room
From the President ACF – We Join You
Member Profile: Keville Larson, Renaissance Forester
The Value of a Consulting Forester
Fracking and the Landowner
Two Weeks at the Gates of Hell
If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck…
Proposed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Regulations from the FAA
Cross-Border Trade Disputes Heat Up
Will Small Firms Have to Specialize to Survive?
The Cradle of Forestry
Products & Services Buyers’ Guide
Index of Advertisers
A Call to Order
The Consultant - 2016