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					Volume 27, Number 1                                         Spring 2000


   Bald eagles

     Wise forest management
             critical to their future
                                                  DEAN’S COLUMN

                          Charting our course for the future
                                                          BY DEAN ARNETT C. MACE, JR.

        he School and University under                                                                         efficient solutions to complex problems. In
        took an intensive strategic planning                                                                   this context, rather than attempt to build
        effort during the past year. This                                                                      minimal qualifications in all areas, the
process focused on defining programs to                                                                        Warnell School will partner with top tier
significantly enhance education, research                                                                      programs of other institutions and
and service activities responsive to priority                                                                  organizations that complement our
needs during the coming decade.                                                                                strengths and build the best possible teams

                                                                                        photo by Chuck Moore
     The School’s committee, represented                                                                       in teaching, research and service programs.
by faculty and staff across disciplines,                                                                       III. New Funding Sources and Approaches
identified three key strategies to chart our                                                                         While the School receives funding
future course in light of emerging external                                                                    from state and federal sources, it is likely
challenges and opportunities. Input from        allow them to work concurrently toward both                    that these sources of funding will remain
the Alumni Association Steering Commit-         a BSFR and an MFR.                                             stable or decline in the coming decade.
tee and External Advisory Council was                The Internet and advent of distance                       That means we must find new sources to
very helpful in developing our plan.            learning offer tremendous opportunities, both                  fund the increasing costs of conducting
I.   New Opportunities in Education             to enhance the education of traditional                        research and public education. Our future
     New approaches to education can            students and to reach new audiences. New                       budgets must be met through improved
enhance our current programs while              technologies will allow us to offer graduate                   funding levels of contracts, grants, private
fostering growth at the graduate level.         credit and continuing education opportunities                  sources and endowments. In addition, it’s
Both in industry and in the public sector,      to working professionals at their locations.                   critical that we raise capital funds for
the master’s degree is fast becoming the        Our methods of delivering course work,                         building needs and a significantly
standard for professional employment in         research results and service programs may                      enhanced endowment.
forest resources. Because our graduate          change dramatically over the coming decade                           The Warnell School is a leader in
program offers the greatest opportunity to      as the technology develops -- but we will not                  forest resource management programs
enhance the diversity of our programs and       sacrifice the quality of our curriculum or                     devoted to instruction, research and
professions, we will concentrate future         programs.                                                      service. Our strategic plan builds upon the
growth in graduate education while              II. Partnerships that Enhance National                         School’s current strengths to raise the
stabilizing undergraduate enrollment.                and International Stature                                 national and international stature of the
Toward that end, our new 2+3 Program                 Great institutions understand that they                   School. By focusing on these three key
has just been approved by the Board of          cannot “be all things to all people,” and that                 strategies, we can greatly expand the
Regents. It will admit undergraduates at        inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional                     impact of our programs and benefits to
the end of their first profressional year and   partnerships often yield more effective and                    society in the coming century. v

                                                              On the Cover

                    pg. 4
                   Bent out of shape:
                   Rooting out the cause
                   of twisted pine growth

                                                           It took decades to

                                                          restore the nation’s
                                                         symbol to U.S. skies.
                    pg. 7                               Now the eagles’ future
                                                        depends on responsible
            Faculty Profile:                             forest landowners to
            Klaus Steinbeck                             keep them flying high.

                                                             See story pg. 3

                                                               cover photo by
                                                               M. Alan Jenkins
                                                              Assistant Director

       pg. 10 v
                                                        Sutton Avian Research Center
                                                           Bartlesville, Oklahoma

       Crying Fowl: The wild relatives of                        Editor
       chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasants                    Helen Fosgate
       are in sharp decline worldwide
                                                         Alumni & Development
                                                            Mary McCormack
                pg. 11                                       Graphic Design
                Staff at work:                                Lori Markiton
                Lee Ogden
                                 pg. 16

                                                          The Foresters’ Log is an
                                                      Alumni Association Publication.
                                 Alumni on the Job:      It is published twice a year
                                 Sharon Dolliver            in the fall and spring.
                                                  FACULTY NEWS
• John Carroll, assistant professor of        grant from the U.S. Geological Survey and the       Brazil’s U.S. Forest Service for a day of
wildlife ecology and management and Bob       U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a         discussion and tours of WSFR research
Cooper, associate professor of wildlife       harvest program for American black ducks.           sites in Brazil.
management, received a $154,000 from the      He received another $50,000 from USGS to
Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia    develop a mark-recapture database system for        • Scott Merkle, professor of forest
Department of Natural Resources to            bird-banding and $20,000 for a cooperative          biotechnology, was selected to participate in
monitor and conduct research with the new     study with Clemson University to study the          a program about genetic technology
Georgia Bobwhite Quail Initiative. Carroll    spatial scale in landscape-level adaptive           sponsored by Leadership Athens. He
received donations of $6,000 from Tall        management.                                         presented his research on propagating
Timbers Research, Inc. and $2,000 from                                                            hardwoods and pines through somatic
Monsanto, Inc. to support gamebird            • Sarah Covert, associate professor of forest       embryogenesis and explained how the
research in the Southeast. He also received                   biotechnology, received             cultures can be used to generate trees for
$3,300 from UGA’s Office of International                     $36,000 from the U.S. Forest        use in heavy metal remediation. He also
Education to develop a cooperative field                      Service to study gene               served as an expert panelist in discussions
course with Makerere University in                            transcription in the fusiform       about different aspects of biotechnology.
Uganda. In September, Carroll traveled to                     rust pathogen. The project is
Cleres, France to present an overview of                      a cooperative agreement             • Joe Meyers, adjunct assistant professor of
research efforts on behalf of endangered                      between WSFR’s Covert and           wildlife and unit leader, USGA Patuxent
quail, pheasants and other Galliformes,       Paula Spaine, a Forest Service scientist based      Wildlife Center, was elected treasurer of the
which are in decline worldwide. He also       in Athens.                                          Neotropical Ornithological Society through
traveled to the Turkish Republic of North                                                         2003. The Society publishes the international
Cyprus to help guide development of a         • Dale Greene, Jeff Mayo and Kevin Boston           journal, Ornitologica Neotropical. Meyers
professional gamebird management              received a $140,000 two-year grant from the         was also elected member-at-large through
program.                                      Wood Supply Research Institute to examine           2001 to the executive board of the The
                                              the causes and costs of unused wood produc-         Wildlife Society’s Georgia Chapter, where he
• Jon Caulfield and David Newman,             tion potential in the Southeast and in Maine.       served as newsletter editor in 1999.
professors of forest finance, along with      This is a collaborative project with faculty at
Runsheng Yin, assistant research scientist,   Louisiana State University and at the               • Karl Miller, associate professor of
presented papers at a conference in           University of Maine.                                                   wildlife management and
Darmstadt, Germany honoring the 150th                                                                                James Miller, a U.S.
anniversary of the Faustmann Formula, the     • Ron Hendrick, associate professor of forest                          Forest Service scientist at
basis for land valuation and a fundamental    soils, was selected to serve as a panelist on the                      Auburn University
equation in forest economics.                 U.S. Department of Agriculture National                                authored the new book,
                                              Research Competitive Grants Program for                                “Forest Plants of the
• Kim Coder, associate professor of forest    Ecosystems Science. Fifteen scientists from                            Southeast and Their
ecology, was named Educator of the Year       across the country will review, rank and make                          Wildlife Uses,” published
by the Georgia Urban Forest Council. He       funding recommendations for research projects,      by the Weed Science Society. In February
also received an Award of Excellence in       including those for terrestrial, aquatic, managed   (Karl) Miller delivered the keynote address
Arboricultural Education from the Interna-    and natural ecosystems. This program has been       at the Southeast Deer Study Group meeting
tional Society of Arboriculture.              an important national source of competitive         about the interactions of intensive forest
                                              funding for forestry research.                      management on wildlife.
• Mike Conroy, adjunct professor of
wildlife ecology, Georgia Cooperative Fish    • Dan Markewitz, assistant professor of
and Wildlife Unit, received a $150,000        forest soils, hosted Mike Dombeck, chief of         continued on pg. 6...

Bald eagles make a comeback
by Helen Fosgate                                so well they may soon be removed from the       reared bald eagle nestlings. He presented his
                                                Endangered Species List.                        research at the American Ornithologist
                                                     Their successful reintroduction was due    Union meeting at Cornell University in
     In 1995, a pair of bald eagles took up     in large part to hacking, a method adapted      August.
residence in a South Georgia pine forest        from falconry of gradually releasing raptors         “There was some concern at the
managed by the University of Georgia’s          into the wild. Nestlings feed, rest and grow    beginning that captive-reared nestlings
Warnell School of Forest Resources. School      for about four weeks inside a semi-open         might be dysfunctional and less able to fend
officials contacted the Georgia Department      enclosure that mimics a nest, placed high       for themselves in the wild,” he said. Instead,
of Natural Resources and were soon poring       above a lake or river.                          Meyers and colleagues found that captive-
over a copy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife            Joe Meyers, leader of the U.S. Geologi-    raised birds adjusted quickly to their new
Service’s Bald Eagle Management Guide-          cal Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research         freedom. Once fledged, they noted that
lines.                                          Center in Athens and an adjunct faculty         wild-reared birds left quickly while captive-
     Administrators promptly delayed a          member in UGA’s Warnell School of Forest        reared birds hung around the hacking
timber harvest going on in the outer            Resources, was among the first to look at       towers.
boundary of a 1-mile radius of the nest site,   the effects of hacking on bald eagles in the         “This may actually have contributed to
then developed a management plan that           southeast. He and colleagues at Alabama’s
protects the eagles while allowing teaching     Department of Conservation and Natural          continued on pg. 6...
and research activities to continue. The        Re-
forest, near Cordele, was a gift to the         sources
University of Georgia Foundation for the        studied
benefit of the Warnell School, which            the
manages the forest within the long-term         behavior
plans approved by the Foundation trustees.      of
Faculty and graduate students routinely         captive-
monitor the nest, which remains active.         reared
     The nesting pair is the culmination of a   versus
three decade effort by wildlife officials,      wild-
conservationists, universities
                                                                                                                                                 photo courtesy of Joe Meyers
and individuals to bring the
bald eagle back. Forty-nine
pairs nested in Georgia last
year, up from 37 in 1998.
                                                                                      (Above) Hacking cages provide protection from
Their numbers have climbed
                                                                                      predators as nestlings grow into fledglings.
slowly but steadily since
restoration efforts began here                                                        (Left) It takes four to five years for bald eagles to
in 1979. In July 1999,                                                                reach breeding age and to grow the white head
President Clinton announced                                                           feathers of an adult.
that the birds have rebounded
                                                    relationship, is scheduled for publication in           In the study, researchers paired loblolly

 Bent                                               the November 1999 issue of the the Southern
                                                    Journal of Applied Forestry. The Georgia
                                                    Forestry Commission prepared a report for
                                                                                                       pines, one with a straight stem to one with a
                                                                                                       crooked or wavy stem in plantations that
                                                                                                       included trees three-to-10-years old. They

                                                    landowners on the work in August 1999.             dug down as much as two feet to excavate
                                                           Previous research addressing the            the taproot. Seventy-seven percent of the
                                                    survival and growth of seedlings planted           trees with bent taproots had medium to high

                                                    with bent taproots were generally inconclu-        levels of stem sinuosity, while 71 percent of
                                                    sive. But long-time Georgia Forestry               trees with straight taproots exhibited low
                                                    Commission entomologist Terry Price                levels of stem sinuosity. Trees with bent

                                                    pushed for further proof. His observations in      taproots were also 7 percent shorter in height
                                                    pine plantations across the state made him         and 9 percent smaller in diameter than their
                                                    suspect a relationship, and he contacted           straight-trunked neighbors.
                                                    Harrington at UGA. Research coordinator                       And it’s not just trunks that exhibit
                                                                                                                  sinuosity. Harrington said the
by Helen Fosgate                                                                                                   phenomenon also affects pine
                                                                                                                   branches and upper stems, a fact
      University of Georgia forestry                                                                               that led researchers to question the
researchers may have discovered why                                                                                biological mechanism behind the
some pines grow straight and tall while                                                                            deformities as well as the cause.
others are twisted and bent. A new                                                                                           “Because sinuosity is
study, funded by the Georgia Forestry                                                                              expressed throughout the tree, we
Commission and the USDA Forest                                                                                     believe the mechanism may be
Service, shows the culprit could be a                                                                              hormonal,” he said. “We know
bent or “J-shaped” taproot. Researchers                                                                            from other studies that bending
found trees with bent taproots are more
                                                                                                             photo by Peter Frey, UGA Communications

                                                                                                                   the stem causes an increase in
than twice as likely to exhibit above-                                                                             ethylene production in the tree,
ground deformities like wavy trunks                                                                                and that in turn stimulates
and branches.                                                                                                       production of denser compression
      “Seedlings are often planted with                                                                             wood. The same response could
the taproot bent into an ‘L’ or ‘J-shape,’ Forestry researcher Tim Harrington holds a J-rooted pine.                stimulate the development of stem
said Tim Harrington, a forestry                                                                                     sinuosity.”
researcher in UGA’s Warnell School of             Jason Gatch and Forest Service scientist                  The first study looked at sinuosity in
Forest Resources. “Once planted, the root         Boyd Edwards, worked on the research with            loblolly pines. Now researchers are analyz-
tends to grow in this same configuration for Harrington at 48 sites across Georgia’s                   ing a new set of data collected on slash
at least 10 years.”                               Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.                  pines. Price and Harrington suspect that
      Stem “sinuosity” is serious business               “For years, we believed this was a            wavy trees are also more susceptible to
since crooked trunks drastically reduce the       genetic problem,” said Price. “But I had             attack from tip moths and pine bark beetles.
value of pine trees. The condition relegates      formed an opinion that it was an environ-            To test this theory, they have planted trees
trees to the pulpwood rather than the higher- mental condition caused by a bent taproot                with and without bent taproots at six sites
priced saw timber market. This study, the         that had either hit a soil hardpan or had been       across the state and are currently monitoring
first in North America to show such a             J-rooted at planting.”                               insect damage. v
                                                                            STAFF NEWS


                                                                                                                                                                                      photo by Chuck Moore
                                                                     1999 Staff Award Recipients
                                                                     Dan Williams (left), parks manager; Doris Lord, adminstrative secretary; and Frank Mahone
                                                                     (far right), equipment operator at the B.F. Grant Forest in Eatonton, accept congratulations
                                              photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                     from Dean Arnett C. Mace, Jr. after being named recipients of the 1999 Staff Awards. The
                                                                     $1,000 awards, provided annually by the Alumni Association, recognize outstanding support
                                                                     personnel in the Warnell School of Forest Resources. v
Teresa Harrison (right) is the School’s
new program coordinator for student
recruitment and placement. Jean Abbey
(left) is undergraduate advisor. v
                                                                     Gone fishin’
                                                                                                                             Twenty-two young people from the Boys and Girls
                                                                                                                             Clubs of Athens and 15 senior citizens from the
                                                                                                                             Council on Aging turned out to try their luck in Boar
                                                                                                                             Pond at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on October
                                                                                                                             16. Sponsored by The United Way of Northeast
                                           photo by Joe Meyers

                                                                                                                             Georgia, the UGA Fisheries Society and the Oconee
                                                                                                                             Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the annual event pairs
                                                                                                                             young and old for a day of fun and fish. Volunteers
Webmaster, Jason Derifaj, orchestrates                                                                                       baited hooks and shared their fishing know-how.
the School’s website, routinely updating                                                                                     Publix Supermarket in Watkinsville donated food and
                                                                                                       photo by Kris Irwin

information and directing inquiries to                                                                                       drink for a cookout by the pond. The Williams
faculty and staff. v                                                                                                         Company donated raffle prizes for participants. v
                                         ...Bald eagles continued from pg. 3              1973 started the bald eagle on a long, slow
... faculty news continued from pg. 2                                                     road to recovery. U.S. Fish and Wildlife
                                          their survival, since they continued to         biologists estimate the current population in
• David Newman, professor of forest      receive fresh meat as they grew stronger         the lower 48 at about 5,700 pairs, paultry
finance, was named chair of the          and learned to fly and hunt,” he said.           compared to the estimated half million bald
Georgia Forestry Association’s Fiscal          To prevent them from learning to rely      eagles here when Europeans first arrived.
Policy Committee. He continues to        on humans, nestlings inside the hacking               “We’ve used hacking programs public
serve as an associate editor of the      boxes never see the people behind the            education, nest protection, land management
Journal of Forest Economics.             gloved hands that provide food and water.        and law enforcement to restore them,” said
                                         After release, fledglings return to the          Jim Ozier, a wildlife biologist with Georgia’s
• Sara Schweitzer, assistant professor   hacking towers for eight to 10 weeks, where      Department of Natural Resources. “Now our
                  of wildlife manage-    food is left on top of the boxes. In the wild,   emphasis is working with landowners to
                  ment, received a       parents feed fledglings for up to 100 days.      protect and manage their habitat.”
                  $27,600 grant from            Hacking was tried successfully in New          Bald eagles are primarily fish-eaters
                  the Georgia Depart-    York in 1978 and has since been used             and choose tall pines or cypress trees for
                  ment of Natural        extensively in other states to restore bald      nesting, usually along a major waterway.
                  Resources Nongame      and golden eagles, peregrine falcons and         Ozier said most landowners are thrilled to
                  Natural Heritage       other raptors to their native ranges.            discover bald eagles nesting on their
Section to study the effects of human          “Hacking programs did a lot to quickly     property. But their presence may also delay
disturbances on the type of nesting      increase bald eagle distribution,” said Jody     planned activities such as pesticide spraying
habitat and reproductive success of      Millar, bald eagle coordinator for the U.S.      or timber harvesting near the nest during the
American Oystercatchers.                 Fish and Wildlife Service in Rock Island,        breeding and nesting season, which is from
                                         Ill. “It was used extensively in areas where     October to April in Georgia.
• Klaus Steinbeck, professor of          there weren’t any eagles at all or where              Ozier told the story of another pair of
silviculture, was elected a Fellow in    their                                            bald eagles nesting in Reynolds Plantation
the Society of American Foresters.       numbers were very low.”                          on Lake Oconee in Greene County. The
(see profile, page 7)                          Decimated in the 1950s and ‘60s by the     eagles chose a tall pine in a tract slated for
                                         effects of organochlorine pesticides like        development. In deference to the eagles --
• Bob Teskey, professor of forest        DDT, bald eagles had all but disappeared         and community members smitten with their
ecology, was                             from Georgia and indeed much of the              new residents -- developers have postponed
selected to coordi-                      nation, by the late 1960s. Many eagles were      development in the immediate area.
nate the nine                            shot. Alaska paid a bounty for bald eagles            The birds’ future now hinges on the
physiology working                       from 1917 to 1953, when an estimated             cooperation of landowners across Georgia
groups of the                            150,000 were killed.                             and the nation, experts say.
International Union                            DDT was banned for use in the U.S. in           “I certainly don’t think our work is
of Forestry Research                     1972. That, along with the protections           done,” said Millar. “Due to human pressure,
Organizations (IUFRO).                   provided by the Endangered Species Act of        our wildlife is in constant need of vigilance
                                                                                          and protection.” v
• Bob Warren, professor of wildlife
ecology and management, received                                          We’re online!
The Josiah Meigs Award for Excel-
lence in Teaching. (see page 12) v
PR O F IL E :                                    KLAUS STEINBECK
by Helen Fosgate                                                                                              “Most people say they want
                                                                                                        to be a forester because they like

          laus Steinbeck walks                                                                          to hunt and fish,” he says. “That
           ahead, his boots crunch-                                                                     wasn’t true for me. I just wanted
           ing in the deep leaf fall.                                                                   to be out in the woods.”
He pauses beneath a large white                                                                               He earned both a bachelor’s
oak to wait for a couple of                                                                             and a master’s degree in forestry
stragglers who have stopped to                                                                          at UGA, then completed his
inspect a deer rub along the trail.                                                                     doctoral degree in tree physiol-
     “Now,” he says, turning to                                                                         ogy at Michigan State Univer-
face the small semi-circle of                                                                           sity. After a short stint with the
students gathered around him.                                                                           U.S. Forest Service’s Southern
“You’re managing for wildlife.                                                                          Research Station, he joined the
How could you improve this                                                                              forestry faculty at UGA in 1968.
stand for deer, turkey and other                                                                              Much has changed in the
wildlife?”                                                                                              40-plus years since Steinbeck
     The students, mostly male,                                                                         began studying forestry. With
look up into the high canopy of                                                                         the advent of the pulp and paper
hardwoods. Finally one says,                                                                            industry, it became “much more
“Looks pretty good to me. I’d just                                                                      of an agricultural system than it
leave it alone.” Steinbeck nods.                                                                        once was,” he says. “Yet the
“Doing nothing is always an                                                                             demand for forest resources is
                                                                                                  photo by Chuck Moore

option,” he says. “Anyone else?”                                                                        growing so much, we don’t
     Another student, who walked                                                                        really have a choice but to grow
up too late to hear the original                                                                        more intensively on some land.”
question blurts out, “I b’lieve I’d take    greatest pleasures. His specialty is silvicul-         More recently, he says the emphasis
out these biggest oaks and make room        ture, the care and cultivation of forest trees,   on ecosystem management has also
for the smaller understory trees.”          but Steinbeck’s definition includes “cultivat-    brought changes, “though foresters have
     The students look at each other,       ing the forester” as well.                        watched over large, unique assemblages
then at Steinbeck, who looks down, the            Steinbeck, who retires in March, was        of trees and plants for many years.”
hint of a smile in his face.                born in Munich, Germany. After World War               An independent thinker, Steinbeck
     “Your slip is showing, Mike,” he       II, his homeland in turmoil, 15-year-old          blazed a lone trail in his research. While
says finally. Everyone laughs, including    Steinbeck was sent to live with his aunt in       others were studying ways to push pine
Mike, and Steinbeck reminds him that        Atlanta. He later moved to Augusta, where         yields, Steinbeck focused on hardwoods
the older, larger trees are producing the   he lived with family friends until his            like black locust, sweetgum and sy-
mast, or nuts, a major food source for      graduation from Richmond Academy.                 camore that sprout and regenerate
wildlife.                                   Steinbeck was “born wanting to be a               naturally from stumps. He conducted
     For Steinbeck, a teacher and           forester,” and after attending a kind of          species screening and spacing studies as
researcher in UGA’s Warnell School of       junior college in Germany, he returned to         well as experiments to determine the
Forest Resources for 32 years -- teaching   Georgia in 1958 to enroll in UGA’s School
-- especially outdoors, is among his        of Forestry.                                      continued on pg. 8 ...

            NEW                                 University approves new
   FACULTY                                      Wood Quality Consortium
                                                      A new Wood Quality Consortium,            fast-growing plantations,” said Daniels.
                         Dr. Jim Peterson,      whose primary purpose is to gain a better       “The shorter rotation lengths raise questions
                         assistant leader,      understanding of the properties of the wood     about the appropriate uses for this new
                         fisheries, Georgia     coming from fast-tracked southern pine          wood supply for traditional products.”
                         Cooperative Fish and   plantations, has been approved by UGA                Researchers want to determine how the
                         Wildlife Research      officials and endorsed by industry support-     change to intensive production effects not
                         Unit                   ers. It begins with eight corporate members     only wood quality, but the product mix and
                         Education:             and five institutional partners.                profitability of manufactured wood and fiber
 Ph.D., fisheries, University of Missouri at          Dick Daniels, professor of quantitative   products.
 Columbia, 1996                                 forest management in UGA’s Warnell                   “Understanding the anatomical
 M.S., biology, University of Illinois at       School of Forest Resources is the               characteristics, strength properties and
 Urbana-Champaign, 1990                         Consortium’s first director. Alex Clark, from   productive capabilities is critical for
 B.S. ecology, ethology and evolution,          USDA’s Forest Services Lab in Athens will       optimizing management decisions and
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,    serve as coordinator.                           merchandising trees into multiple products,”
 1986                                                 “More and more, we rely on wood from      said Daniels. v

... Steinbeck continued from pg. 7              and hands-on educational experiences. He
                                                takes his silviculture students to visit not
effects of various cultural practices and       only industrial forests during each
rotation lengths on fiber yields.
     In all, he published more than 50
articles on short-rotation hardwood
                                                semester but national and privately owned
                                                forests as well. He sometimes organizes
                                                weekend field trips for students who want
                                                                                                       The Foresters' Log received a
forestry. Today his work is gaining new         to go along. He also encourages students
relevancy and respect as the major forest       to participate in outside activities,             Special Merit Award from the Council
companies look to hardwoods for new             including those of the Forestry Club,             for the Advancement and Support of
sources of high-quality fiber.                  where he has served as advisor for most           Education (CASE) in the external
     “We used to kid him, call him the          of his years at UGA.                              newsletter category. It competed
sweetgum man,” remembers Glenn Ware,                 “Klaus truly enjoys his time with            against 2-and 4-color magazine entries
professor of forest biometrics. “He was         students,” says Karen Kuers, a former             from 19 colleges and universities in
researching alternatives for pulp and fiber     doctoral student who is now an assistant          CASE District III’s 1999 Advancement
years -- no decades -- ahead of others. And     professor of forestry at the University of        Awards Program. Awards are based on
really, it makes a lot of sense. Sweetgums      the South (Sewanee). “And he’s so                 overall content, quality of writing,
are here, they’re native and very fast-         genuine. With my own family hundreds of           editing, design, photography, printing,
growing.”                                       miles away, he opened his home to me              and how well the publication serves its
     A student’s professor, Steinbeck                                                             target audience and meets its
stresses the value of practical knowledge       continued on pg. 13...                            objectives. v
Essays on education, research and issues in natural resource management

                                                 The proposal would give the EPA and          of this however, the EPA would like to
     EPA’s Proposed                        states the authority to designate, on a case-
                                           by-case basis, silvicultural activities as point
                                                                                              use a federal enforcement mechanism
                                                                                              to oversee the state’s forestry nonpoint
      Regulations                          sources requiring NPDES permits, much
                                           like those used for municipal sewage
                                                                                              source programs in impaired waters.
                                                                                              Although the mechanisms vary in each
                                           treatment plants or manufacturing facilities.      instance, states already have enforce-
     Present Major                         The EPA maintains they would use this              ment authorities to deal with “bad
                                           designation strictly in impaired watersheds,       actors” under state regulatory pro-
      Challenge to                         and only then when they step in on behalf of       grams. And in a number of instances,
                                           the state to assume direct responsibility for      states have used their authority to take
        Forestry                           developing the TMDLs. Under this scenario,
                                           the EPA could designate a set of forestry
                                                                                              punitive action.
                                                                                                   While the EPA maintains that they
                                           activities from the previous list – or all of      intend to use their authority in very
              BY ROB OLSZEWSKI             them – as point sources if they felt the           limited circumstances, agency person-
                 (MSFR, 1980)              designation was needed to control the              nel and leadership do change over time.
                                           problem.                                           The evidence the agency has presented
        The Environmental Protection             Certainly forest landowners are not          so far with regard to this commitment is
  Agency (EPA) proposed two new sets       against clean water, and I don’t believe most      unsettling. In California, widely
  of regulations during the summer of      are against the concept of TMDLs. A                regarded as having the toughest forest
  1999 that impact both point and          program designed to improve waters that            practice acts in the country, the EPA has
  nonpoint sources of pollution. The first fail to meet water quality standards is a step     stepped in on behalf of the state to
  addresses Total Maximum Daily Loads in the right direction. However, the concern            develop TMDLs on 11 forested
  (TMDLs), which describe an approach in this instance is the approach EPA has                watersheds. Lastly, there are some
  of dealing with various sources of       outlined.                                          groups that could be expected to push
  pollution or “loads” along impaired            There is first a serious legal question      for a broader application of the NPDES
  watercourses. The other proposal         about whether the EPA even has the                 approach to forestry operations once set
  suggests changes to the National         authority to make this designation. Outside        by this precedent. At best, it would be
  Pollutant Discharge Elimination          this complex debate, forestry has taken on         difficult to keep this proposed ap-
  Systems (NPDES) Program. Authority the challenge of dealing with nonpoint                   proached limited to the “rifle shot” the
  for this program is generally delegated sources through state-based approaches.             EPA describes.
  from the EPA to state water quality            The recent redesign of Georgia’s                  Why should we change nearly 30
  agencies and covers the regulation of    Forestry Best Management Practices                 years of Clean Water Act history in
  point sources of pollution.              (BMPs) provides a great example. State             dealing with forestry nonpoint sources
        The latter proposal potentially    forestry agencies are intensifying their           of pollution? I strongly believe that
  opens the door for the EPA to reverse    efforts to monitor and improve BMP                 forestry, based on its track record,
  nearly 30 years of history under the     compliance. The American Fiber and Paper           deserves the opportunity to participate
  Clean Water Act by designating forestry Association’s (AF&PA) Sustainable                   in the TMDL process under the state-
  activities as “point” rather than        Forestry Initiative Program emphasizes Best        based approached we have coopera-
  “nonpoint” sources of pollution. Forest Management Practices for members, loggers           tively supported over the years.
  nursery operations, site preparation,    and landowners. We already have the                     The EPA will issue final rules
  reforestation, cultural treatments,      framework through these and other pro-             regarding their proposals in the summer
  thinning, prescribed burning, pest and   grams to deal with specific impaired               of 2000. Stay tuned. v
  fire control, harvesting, surface        watersheds, if needed.                             Rob Olszewski is Director of Environ-
  drainage and road construction and             In truth, forestry operations are one of     mental Affairs, The Timber Company.
  maintenance are all listed as potential  the lower overall contributors to our nation’s     Contact him by email at:
  “point” source silvicultural activities. nonpoint source pollution problems. In spite

Crying                                                       Wild relatives of chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasants

                                                                                      in sharp decline worldwide

by Helen Fosgate

     Many of the wild relatives of domestic who is a wildlife
chickens, turkeys, quail and guinea fowl are biologist in UGA’s
on the brink of extinction, but few are             Warnell School of
receiving much attention or conservation            Forest Resources,
funding worldwide, according to scientists.         said the causes of
Researchers met last fall at the World              their decline are
Pheasant Association in Parc de Cleres              many and vary from
France to discuss the sharp decline of the          country to country
Galliformes, a diverse group of birds that          but include deforesta-
includes many of the world’s
most familiar food and game
     “Many of these species

                                                                                                                                                                photos by Peter Frey, UGA Communications
now exist in just one or two
locations in the world,” said
John Carroll, a University of
Georgia wildlife researcher
who chairs the International
Partridge, Quail and Francolin
Specialist Group, a part of the                                                                                   (above) Wildlife biologist John Carroll
World Conservation Union.                                                                                         chairs the International Partridge, Quail,
                                                                                                                  and Francolin Specialist Group, part of the
“Most Americans recognize the                                                                                     World Conservation Union.
Bobwhite Quail, and maybe the
                                      The Golden Pheasant (above), the national bird of China, has blue wings,
Ring-Necked Pheasant, which
                                      a red breast and an iridescent golden head.
isn’t even native to North
America. But the group includes more than tion, urban and surburban development,                           hedgerows and field borders and rely
140 amazing species.”                               uncontrolled hunting and intensive agricul-            heavily on pesticides and herbicides. Carroll
      Most Galliformes are native to the            ture.                                                  and colleagues are working to restore some
tropics and were once plentiful in Southeast              Galliformes are particularly hard hit by populations even as they report that others
Asia, Africa and Latin America. Carroll,            intensive farming practices that remove                are slipping away.
                                                       STAFF NEWS

     “We’ve been collecting data and the
opinions of scientists in those countries to
categorize the status of different species,” he
said. “In some ways, we’re optimistic
because as we highlight their plight, people
                                                    Staff                                                                       work
                                                                                                                    Eulalie Ann Ogden, Research Coordinator II
become concerned, and we’ve gotten some
                                                                                                                    (BSFR, Michigan State University, 1978
research funded.”
                                                                                                                    MFR in forest hydrology, UGA, 1981)
     Among the most threatened are the
Himalayan Quail, the Oscillated Turkey and                                                                          Goes by: Lee
                                                                                                                    Originally from: Long Island, NY
Edward’s Pheasant, which was thought to
                                                                                                                    Years at UGA: 19
already be extinct before a few were spotted                                                                        Years at WSFR: 10
in 1996. Carroll said all are considered
“critically endangered,” due to their small                                                                         Job description: I attempt to keep the research
numbers and limited distribution.                                                                                   projects of two faculty members running
      Scientists say another concern is the                                                                         smoothly -- from proposal writing to data
                                                                                                                    collection and analysis through to the final report.
loss of “wild” genes. The red jungle fowl,
                                                                                                                    I help design experiments, estimate project costs,
the ancestor of the common yard chicken is                                                                          surpervise laborers, participate in data collection
widely distributed in Asia, but new evidence                                                                        and analysis and generate final reports and
                                                                                             photo by Chuck Moore
suggests that the wild stock is being                                                                               presentations.
hybridized by domestic chickens. Scientists
worry because wild genes often hold the key                                                                         Family: 5-year old feist, Madison.
to disease resistance among domestic flocks.      Best things about WSFR: I am fortunate to work with bright, interesting people who are
     Scientists formed the Partridge, Quail       finding solutions to real-world problems.
and Francolin Specialist Group in 1991 to
                                                  Favorite movie: It’s a toss up between The Wizard of Oz and The Hunt for Red October. I’ll
address the problems. Since then they have
                                                  be darned if I can explain why, though!
conducted population and distribution
surveys and developed conservation action         Interest outside work: I have been involved in volleyball, both as a player and a referee for
plans. Practical solutions are urgent. Several    more than 30 years. I also like to sing and dance. I sing with Athens Choral Society, where
of the Galliforme species are already             there’s safety in numbers! I also perform with Athens Creative Theater, which is a bigger
extinct. Others hang on in small pockets of       challenge, since I’m often one of only 4 or 5 altos. I like to think that trying to keep up with all
habitat and face an uncertain future.             those talented kids keeps me young. I also enjoy traveling, ballroom and swing dancing and
                                                  working in my yard.
     For example, the Orange-Necked Hill
Partridge was first described in 1927 but         Advice for living: I think I’d have to echo the advice of my 99-year old grandmother:
wasn’t seen again by scientists until 1991.       Everything in moderation!
Carroll said recent surveys show they aren’t      If you could meet one person no longer living, it would be: Eleanor Roosevelt. She was
all gone, but there may be only 200 indi-         more than just an exemplary First Lady, but a prominent woman in modern American history
viduals left in their native Vietnam. These       in her own right.
survive in a small park.
     “And this isn’t an unusual example           If I won the lottery: I’d like to think I’d spend, invest and/or donate most of my winnings
among the Galliformes,” said Carroll. “We’re      wisely, but I’d also set aside a portion for “fun.”
trying desperately to keep them from slipping     Would most like to be remembered: When I got lemons, I made lemonade! v
through the conservation cracks.” v

     Warren Awarded UGA’s Top Honor for Teaching
      Bob Warren, professor of wildlife                                                                                                 Resources since 1983. In that time he
ecology and management, has received the                                                                                                has served as major professor to 29
Josiah Meigs Award, the University’s                                                                                                    M.S., 5 M.F.R. and 5 Ph.D. students
highest honor for superior teaching at the                                                                                              and been on more than 75 graduate
undergraduate and graduate levels. He is                                                                                                student committees in forest resources,
the first recipient from the School of Forest                                                                                           landscape architecture, zoology,
Resources and one of only four faculty                                                                                                  wildlife management, veterinary
selected from across campus in 2000.                                                                                                    medicine and ecology.
      The Meigs Award, established in                                                                                                     “This award is so well deserved,”
1982, honors the memory of scientist                                                                                                    said Warnell School Dean Arnett C.
Josiah Meigs, the University’s second                                                                                                   Mace, Jr. “Bob brings so many

                                                                                                                 photo by Chuck Moore
president. The award includes a discre-                                                                                                 attributes to programs of the School and
tionary fund of $1,000 for one year and a                                                                                               University, and this award recognizes
permanent salary increase of $6,000.                                                                                                    the commitment, dedication and
                                              Through internships and field work outside the classroom, Bob
      Warren has been a teacher and                                                                                                     excellence in teaching he has demon-
                                              Warren (left) helps students realize their interests and goals.
researcher in Warnell’s School of Forest                                                                                                strated for many          years.” v

                STUDENT NEWS                                                                10 new half-time
   • Frank Cook and Rose Leathers, both seniors and
                                                                                         Graduate Assistantships
                                                                                            IN   SUSTAINABLE FOREST PRODUCTIVITY
   honor students majoring in forest environmental resources,
   were selected to participate in Leadership UGA, a                                The Warnell School of Forest Resources seeks qualified applicants
   leadership development program for juniors and seniors
                                                                                    for 10 new half-time graduate assistantships in
   from across campus who learn and share information about
                                                                                         • Intensive timber production
   local, regional and global issues.
                                                                                         • Environmental values and use, including water and wildlife
                                                                                         • Forest assessment and monitoring
   • John Barnes, a graduate student in biochemistry who
   is working in Jeff Dean’s lab, received the Baruch                                    • Forest policy, social values and trade-offs
   Foundation Award for best poster at the 25th Biennial                                                   M.S. - $16,700/yr.
   Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference in New
   Orleans last year. The poster, entitled, “Analysis of the                                               Ph.D. - $17,800/yr.
                                                                                                    * Tuition and fees are $335/semester [based on Fall 1999].
   Role of leafy and Apetala-1 Genes in Southern Hard-
   woods,” and the accompanying paper was coauthored by                                              For application materials contact:
   Barnes, Y. Wang, W.W. Lorenz, S.A. Merkle, S.F. Covert                             Graduate Coordinator, Warnell School of Forest Resources, The
   and Jeff Dean, all of UGA’s Warnell School of Forest                                University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2152 or reach us by
   Resources. v                                                                                email at:
                                                                    STUDENT NEWS

 Two Warnell Students Named to Who’s Who
                                                                     Kevin Peyton, (left) a senior majoring in
                                                                wildlife management and Dan Calhoun, (right) a
                                                                master’s degree candidate in water resources,
                                                                have been named to Who’s Who Among Students
                                                                in American Universities and Colleges. The
                                                                Who’s Who designation recognizes outstanding
                                                                academic and extracurricular accomplishment as
                                                                well as leadership.
                                                                     Peyton, who plans to pursue a graduate
                                                                degree in wildlife ecology at UGA next year, is
                                                                the son of Randall and Marcia Peyton of
                                                                Clarkesville, Ga.
                                                                     Calhoun, whose graduate work has been to

                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Helen Fosgate
                                                                develop a new instrument that can monitor
                                         photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                suspended sediments in water for use in
                                                                environmental and municipal wastewater
                                                                treatment applications, is the son of Manella and
Kevin Peyton                                                    DuPre Calhoun of Anderson, S.C. v                      Dan Calhoun

   ... Steinbeck continued from pg. 8                           loblolly
                                                                pines stand
   and treated me as family, something I’ll                     in long,
   never forget.”                                               straight
        In his years at UGA, Steinbeck’s                        rows, like
   students have elected him Professor of                       soldiers
   the Year, Outstanding Faculty Member                         lined up for
   and Outstanding Advisor four times,                          inspection.
   and he received Superior Teaching                                 “What
   Awards at Honors Day in 1980 and                             you’re
   again in 1999. He was honored by his
                                                                                                                                                          photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                seeing here
   peers last November when he was                              is the
   elected a Fellow by the Society of                           future,” says
   American Foresters.                                          Steinbeck,
        The shadows are growing long in                         motioning toward the regiment of pines              from agriculture. They now use mini-
   the forest, and Steinbeck announces                          behind him. “We can certainly grow a lot of         mum tillage to prevent soil erosion. I
   that this is the last stop. The students                     fiber this way. And understand that on some         hope that on our own learning curve, we
   pile out of the van and follow him up                        land we have to grow intensively. But I             can apply some of what they’ve learned
   the road to a research site where young                      wonder, too, if we ought to learn something         and be gentle on the land.” v

Extending the Long Arm of Education, Opportunity
      The Internet may have given it new life                                barriers of time, distance and expense in
but distance learning is hardly new, accord-                                 allowing people access to education.
ing to Wendy Bedwell, distance education                                          “It’s also a tremendous advantage to
coordinator in the Warnell School. Only the                                  people who aren’t able or willing to drop
tools have changed.                                                          everything to pursue an advanced degree,”
      “Distance education has been going on                                  she says. “Distance education students are
in this country since the advent of corre-                                   highly motivated, self-directed people who
spondence courses in the 1800s,” she says.                                   are responsible for their own learning.”
“It simply means that the instructor and                                          Bedwell is working now with faculty
student are separated, either by time, space                                 in the Center for Forest Business to develop
or both.”                                                                    a distance education master of forest
      Bedwell works with faculty to adapt                                    resources degree that would be available to
their course materials into a distance                                       working professional foresters.
learning format, whether it’s to be delivered                                     “Many forest businesses have indi-

                                                                                                                                                                                   photo by Chuck Moore
via the internet, CD Rom, video, email or                                    cated a willingness to provide tuition
through teleconferencing.                                                    reimbursements for their employees who
      “The real trick,” she says, “is to create                              complete advanced degrees,” says Bedwell.
interaction, so students can also learn from                                      But it’s not just prospective students     Wendy Bedwell, WSFR distance education coordinator.
one another. It all goes back to instructional                               who benefit from long distance courses.         classroom, buildings, parking lots and other
design.”                                                                     Community colleges have taken an interest       facilities inherent to a campus,” said
      Before coming to the Warnell School                                    in distance education, which helps them tap     Bedwell “And while it won’t ever replace
last September, Bedwell designed training                                    into not just local but world populations,      the campus experience, distance education
courses for employees at Bechtel Power                                       expanding their educational and financial       is certainly an appropriate tool to help us
Corporation, an international engineering                                    base as well.                                   extend our knowledge and resources to the
construction firm. That experience showed                                         “Distance education courses hold           citizens of the state, nation and perhaps even
her technology’s potential to break down the                                 down costs, since you don’t need the big        the world.” v

                                                                             Forestry training expanded for 2000
                                                                                  Forestry Area Speciality Advanced         state. FASAT agents are located in 55
                                                                             Training (FASAT) for county extension          multi-county clusters in Georgia.
                                                                             agents will continue in 2000, with 34 new           Agents attending first-time training
                                                                             agents and another 33 who attended in          receive three and a half days of classes
                                                      photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                             1999 and want to return for further            and field demonstrations while returning
                                                                             training. The listing includes 15 agents       agents have a two and a half day curricu-
                                                                             from major metropolitan and fast-growing       lum. The training is made available
  Forestry professor Larry Morris teaches a session                          areas of the state and 52 agents from          through the School’s Center for Forest
  during the Fall' 99 FASAT workshop.                                        heavily forested production areas of the       Business. v
                                                           ALUMNI NEWS

Loblolly                                                                                               A LUMNI I NFORMATION :

                alumni weekendFriday, April 14th

                                                                                                                                      photo by Chuck Moore
                     • Spring Awards Banquet; 6:30 p.m.
                            Saturday, April 15th
                    • Fishing at the Dean’s Pond; 1-5 p.m.                                              Mary McCormack, director
                          • Twilight Treetrot; 4 p.m.                                                 Alumni Relations & Development
               • Social Hour with live entertainment; 5:30 p.m.                                      Warnell School of Forest Resources
                         • Wildlife Supper; 6:30 p.m.                                                     Athens, GA 30602-2152
               For more information, contact Mary McCormack in the                                            (706) 542-1011
                Alumni & Development office at (706) 542-1011. v                             

Endowed Scholarships
Support 2+3 Program
      Two new endowed scholarships have been established to support
third-year students entering the Warnell School’s recently approved 2+3
Program. The 2+3 Program, open to students majoring in forestry and

                                                                                                                                                             courtesy of Georgia Forestry Association
forest environmental resources, admits undergraduates at the end of
their first professional year who then work concurrently toward both a
Bachelor of Forest Resources degree (BSFR) and a Masters of Forest
Resources (MFR). The scholarships include:
• Gerald B. and Charlotte Alexander Saunders Scholarship,
established by Richard V. Saunders, Sr. in honor of Charlotte Alexander
Saunders and the late Gerald B. Saunders. Based on financial need and
a demonstrated desire to pursue graduate level achievement in forest
resources. May be awarded in addition to graduate assistantships.
                                                                           Honorary Alumnus
                                                                               Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell have been named National Tree
• Arnett C. And Ruth Mace Memorial Scholarship, established by             Farmers of the Year by the American Forest Foundation. They own and
Barbara and Arnett C. Mace, Jr., will support a student with an interest   operate Charlane Plantation in Dry Branch, Georgia.
in sustainable forest production. May be awarded in addition to a              The Leavell’s sponsor an annual student scholarship supporting a
graduate assistantship. v                                                  wildlife major in the School. v
                                                          ALUMNI NEWS
Alumni on the Job
                                                                SHARON DOLLIVER
                                                             BSFR in forestry, 1976, UGA
                                                MS in science education, 1984, Georgia State University

                          When she entered UGA’s School of Forestry in 1974,        of Forest Information and Urban and Community Forestry.
                    Sharon Dolliver was one of only four women in her class.        She oversees the Commission’s communications and
                    In 1976, she became the first woman forester in the Georgia     education programs.
                    Forestry Commission.                                                 This includes three conservation education forests
                          But Dolliver has never thought of herself as a            located in Dawsonville, Augusta and Milledgeville as well as
                    trailblazer. She simply followed her interests.                 Georgia’s Project Learning Tree program and Forestry Youth
                          “I’ve always loved the sciences,” she says. “I clearly    Camps. She also continues to work with the state’s urban and
                    remember my high school counselor charting out career           community foresters in planning forests for a host of
                    opportunities. At that time I wanted to be a marine             objectives, including improved air and water quality, energy
                    biologist, like Jaques Cousteau. Somewhere between that         conservation, stormwater management and increased property
                    and the trips my parents took us on to the national parks out   values and revenue.
                    West, I decided I wanted to be involved in natural resource          Dolliver says her department’s biggest challenges in the
                    management.”                                                    new millennium will be finding the resources to address the
                          Dolliver grew up in Columbus, Ga., and once she           needs and demands of different groups and figuring out how
                    graduated from Carver High School, she headed for the           to reach new audiences. She and her staff recently developed
                    University of Georgia. After graduation, she began                    several public service announcements to help people
                    her career as an urban forester in Rockdale and                         understand the differences between clearing land for
                    Dekalb Counties where she worked for 4 and a                              development versus harvesting and replanting forests
                    half years before being promoted to Urban                                   to provide economic and environmental benefits.
                    Forestry Coordinator. She worked with                                                 “The Project Learning Tree program helps
                    consulting urban foresters, non-profit tree                                     us reach young people,” she said. “The non-
                    organizations and community groups to                                             biased nature of the PLT program is what makes
                    establish programs that would improve                                             teachers so receptive to it. That, and the fact
                    Georgia’s urban and community forests.                                            that the educational materials supplement and
                    These efforts included planting                                                    complement their curriculums.”
                    thousands of trees in preparation for                                                More than 1,000 Georgia teachers
                    the 1996 Olympic Games, hosting the                                                completed the Project Learning Tree
                    National Urban Forest Conference in                                                 workshops last year, a point of pride for
                    Atlanta in 1997 and establishing the                                                Dolliver and the many foresters across the
                    Georgia Urban Forest Council, a                                                     state who help teach the classes and
                    nonprofit organization dedicated to                                                 contribute to the program’s success.
                    improving the state’s urban forests.                                                 “There is no doubt in my mind that
                          “City foresters certainly have to be                                           education is the key to improving the
                    diplomats,” she says, laughing. “The                                                 future,” says Dolliver. v
                    politics and people management comes                                                 (Contact Sharon Dolliver c/o The Georgia
                    with the job. Communication skills are                                                Forestry Commission, P.O. Box 819,
                    absolutely essential.”                                                                Macon, GA 31202-0819 or by
                          In 1997, Dolliver was named chief                                     
                                                    ALUMNI NEWS

Haeussler named 1999                                                                                           IN MEMORIAM

Distinguished Alumnus                                                                                      Dr. Clarence John DeMars Jr.
                                                                                                           (BSF 1953)

                                                                                                           Carl B. Free Jr. (BSF 1960) past
                                                                                                           away in November 1998.

                                                                                                           Moss Lockman (BSF 1940)
                                                                                                           passed away on May 4, 1999.
                                                                                                           He spent his career as a consult-
                                                                                                           ant in timber management and
                                                                                                           specialized in producing cypress
                                                                                                           and pine lumber. He is survived
                                                                                                           by his wife, son and a daughter.

                                                                                    photo by Chuck Moore   Frederick N. Mack (BSF 1942)
                                                                                                           died on June 2, 1998. After
                                                                                                           serving in the Army, he was
                                                                                                           employed with the South Caro-

       red Haeussler, a long-time forester and conservationist at Union Camp until his                     lina State Commission of For-
       retirement in 1995, received the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Univer                    estry. He later became a consult-
       sity of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources Alumni Association. The                        ing forester.
award, the School’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding service to the School, the
University of Georgia, and the forest resources profession.                                                Verrille Grey “Ace” Thigpen
     Haeussler graduated from UGA with a degree in forestry in 1954. He held many                          (BSF 1950) passed away in
positions in his career at Union Camp, rising from staff forester to forest supervisor, land               December 1999. He had a
department manager and land agent.                                                                         distinguished career with Union
     “His leadership contributed to Union Camp’s position as one of the most progressive                   Camp.
forest products companies in the world,” said Warnell School Dean Arnett C. Mace, Jr. “We
value and trust Fred’s judgement and appreciate his ardent support of the School and the                   Albert Kenneth Thurmond
University of Georgia.”                                                                                    (BSF 1929) died in August 1998.
     After earning a master’s degree in forestry from Duke University in 1954, Haeussler                   v
served in the U.S. Air Force for two years before joining Union Camp. He is a Fellow in the
Society of American Foresters, where he has served as president, vice-president, council
member, and been a member of both the National Nominating Committee and the Forest
Health and Productivity Task Force. Haeussler’s many contributions were recognized when
the Society presented him with its prestigious John Beale Memorial Award for outstanding
                                                                                                           Leave a Legacy:
                                                                                                            Remember the University of Georgia
service to the profession.
                                                                                                                Foundation to benefit the
     Haeussler and his wife, Carol, live in Savannah, Ga. and have three sons and two
                                                                                                            Warnell School of Forest Resources
grandchildren. v
                                                                                                                   in your estate plans.
                                                       CLASS NOTES

                   1950s                         exceptional performance.                        Alan D. McAllister (BSFR 1969; MFR
                                                                                                 1970) 5709 Forest Lake Drive, Tifton,


J. Lamar Teate (BSF 1954, MF 1956, PhD                             1970s                         GA 31794;;
1967, NC State) 403 Northern Ave.,                                                               works with the Georgia Department of
Signal Mountain, TN 37377-2843; has              Mark O. Bara (MS Forest Resources 1970)         Education as an area forestry teacher. He
recently retired after 15 years as director of   is a regional wildlife biologist with South     has been married to Janet for 15 years and
the School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech         Carolina Department of Natural Resources,       they have three children, Will, Hunter and
University. Teate is the only person to be       where he has worked since 1970.                 Callie.
named Distinguished Professor of Forestry
in Louisiana Tech’s 53-year history. He has      Barton D. (Barry) Clinton (BSFR 1979,           Don Seay (BSFR 1971) is a fish and
been an SAF member since 1954.                   MS Forest Resources 1989) works in the          wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and
                                                 Coweeta Hydrolic Lab as a research              Wildlife Service in Jackson, Mississippi.
Lee Williams (BSF 1951) Rt. 3, Box 3246          ecologist. He and his wife, Patsy, have three   He is married to Sharon, and they have three
D-13, Townsend, GA 31331;                        children, Ben, Sarah and Emily.                 sons, Chris, Cory, and Cameron.; retired near
Darien, GA after 40 years with Inland                                                            Michael H. Thomas (BSFR 1975, MFR
Container Corporation.                                                                           1980) 2619 Lucerne Dr., Tallahassee,
                                                                              Fred               Florida 32303; mthomas@electro-


                   1960s                                                               ; is an assistant professor of
                                                                              (BSF 1936)         agribusiness at Florida A&M University.
Frederick (Fred) W. Kinard, Jr. (BSF                                          a retired
1962, MS Forest Resources 1964) is a                                          forestry

wildlife management coordinator with                                                                               1980s
Westvaco Corp. in Summerville, SC. He                                         received
was elected SAF Fellow in November.                                           the                Scott Futch (BSFR 1986, MFR 1988)
                                                                              prestigious        2515 E. Glenn Ave., Suite 101, Auburn,
Bill Oettmeier (BSF 1960) has been                                            Southeast-         AL 36831; is the president/owner of
appointed by Governor Roy E. Barnes to                                        ern Society        Auburn Timblerlands, Inc. Scott, Krista,
the Education Reform Commission and is             of American Foresters 1999 Award of           and son Zach have been living in Alabama
the 1999 recepient of the Alappaha Bar             Excellence for the General Practice of        since 1990.
Association’s Liberty Bell Award.                  Forestry. Mr. Gragg was recognized
                                                   for his many years of service and             Donald W. Hansford (BSFR 1989) P.O.
John C. Sherrod (BSF 1960) 711 Charles             outstanding accomplishments to the            Box 1376, Watkinsville, GA 30677;
St., Sitka, Alaska 99835; is a planning            forestry profession and forest industry       opened his own law firm. Married to Kelly
staff officer for the USDA Forest Service in       in the Southeast.                             for nine years, they have two children,
Sitka, Alaska.                                                                                   Emily and Nancy.

Wesley Wells (BSF 1966) former Georgia           Ronald B. Halstead (BSFR 1973) 6163             Tyson W. Reed (BSFR 1987) P.O. Box
Forestry Commission Chief of Forest              Hummingbird Rd., Camilla, GA 31730;             1876, New Tazewell, TN 37824;
Protection, received the National Associa-; owns Halstead     ; is the vice
tion of State Foresters Lifetime Achieve-        Forestry, Inc. dealing with private forest      president of sales with the Amerisafe, Inc./
ment Award for more than three decades of        management.
                                                     CLASS NOTES

American Interstate Insurance Company          She received the Outstanding Student                                 Bryan Knox (BSFR 1998) works at
(AIIC), which is a prominent workers’          Presentation Award for the second year in a                          Wiregrass Land and Realty as a forester/real
compensation insurer of high hazard            row at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the                                estate sales rep. He handles GIS mapping,
industries with an emphasis in logging and     Southeast Deer Study Group in Wilmington,                            timber sales, inventory and land sales.
forestry.                                      NC in February.
                                                                                                                    Carrie Long Leggett (BSFR 1995) and her
William B. (Brad) Southern (BSFR 1982,         Walter G. Fleming (BSFR 1998) is a 2nd                               husband, Neil, announce the birth of their
MFR 1984) Elisabeth E. Southern (BSFR          year MBA student at Georgia Tech, and also                           son, Andrew Saville Leggett, born on
1981, MS Forest Resources 1984) 15843          works as an intern with Wachovia Timber-                             October 26, 1999.
Lavenham Rd., Huntersville, NC                 land Investment Management.
28078; Brad works as a controller with
ABTco, a division of
Louisiana-Pacific. They love
being closer to Georgia.
                                                                                                                   Scott Mooney, left (BSFR 1995, MFR
                                                                                                                   1999) joined Canal Industries in
Andy Tomlin (BSFR 1985)
                                                                                                                   Charlotte, NC, is an associate forestland
has joined Atlantic States
                                                                                                                   appraiser. His wife, Christy Mooney,
Bank commercial lending unit
                                                                                                                   former development coordinator for the
in Norcross, GA, as its senior
                                                                                                                   School, is now director of major gifts at
lender. He and his wife, Lisa,
                                                                                                                   Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.
have four sons: Daniel,
                                                                                                                   (Left) Christy holds the Certificate of
Joshua, Jacob and Ian.
                                                                                            photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                                                                   Appreciation presented to her by the
                                                                                                                   Alumni Association at last fall’s


           1990s                                                                                                   Homecoming festivities.
Christorpher L. Beck
(BSFR 1996) 342 Lob
Cabin Rd. NE #4-D, Milledgeville, GA           John Gassett (MS 1995, Ph.D. 1999) is a deer                         Catherine Merz (MS Forest Resources
31061; is a procurement forester with the      and elk coordinator for the state of Kentucky.                       1998) is an associate forester with
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.                                                                                      International Paper in NC.
                                               Greshelda Hazelton (BSFR 1998) was
Donald James Chastain (BSFR 1993)              married to Adrryl Shnord Addison in June.                            Gary Peeples (MFR 1996) is an
married Martha Chastain in September. He                                                                            agroforestry extensionist/freelance writer
is a registered South Carolina forester with   George E. Jordan (BSFR 1995) married Julie                           with CARE/Guatemala.
Willamette Industries.                         Sheffield in July. They live in Atlanta, GA.
                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Putman (BSFR 1999, Wildlife)
Deek Cox (BSFR 1999) has been commis-          Snow (Bain) Kendall (BSFR 1990) is                                   was married to Jackson Patrick in October
sioned as an Ensign in the U. S. Naval         taking a break from forestry and GIS to stay                         1999.
Reserve.                                       at home with children, Melody and
                                               McKinzy. Plans to resume career when                                 Jason Reynolds (BSFR 1996, MS 1998)
Karen Dasher (BSFR 1996, MS 1999) is           both children are in school.                                         works for Mead Coated Board as a refores-
pursuing a Ph.D. at Clemson University.                                                                             tation forester.
                                                    CLASS NOTES

                                                                                                             Karl Steinbeck (BSFR 1997) was married to
                                                                                                             Julie Peck in August. He is employed as a
  Zupko Honored as 1999 Young Alum                                                                           forester with International Paper in Bolton, NC.

       Mike Zupko, government                                                                                Hans Stigter (Ph.D. 1997) has taken a post
  relations director at the Georgia                                                                          doctoral position in the Systems and Control
  Forestry Association, has                                                                                  group in the Department of Agricultural
  received the Young Alumnus                                                                                 Engineering and Physics at the University of
  Award from the University of                                                                               Wageningen in Holland.
  Georgia’s Warnell School of
  Forest Resources Alumni                                                                                    Jeff Thurmond (BSFR 1992) is an area
  Association. The award, new                                                                                wildlife biologist with the USDA Natural
  this year, recognizes alumni                                                                               Resources Conservation Service. He is also
  younger than 35 who have                                                                                   doing some freelance writing for Progres-
  made significant contributions                                                                             sive Farmer magazine and Rural Sportsman
  to the School, the University of                                                                           magazine. Dagmar Thurmond (BSFR
  Georgia and the forestry                                                                                   1989, MS 1993) is an ecosystem manager
  profession.                                                                                                with Delta National Forest. The Thurmonds
       Zupko graduated from                                                                                  have two daughters and are both enjoying
  UGA with a degree in forest                                                                                their careers in wildlife management.
  resources in 1995, served as a
  forest policy intern with the                                                                              Leanne Valletti (BSFR 1998) 9561
                                                                                      photo by Chuck Moore

  Georgia Forestry Association,                                                                              Fontainbleau Blvd #206, Miami, FL,
  and joined the GFA later that                                                                              33172; works with Elite Sales, a marine
  same year. Since then he has                                                                               rigging equipment company.
  served on the Warnell School
  Alumni Association’s Membership Committee, where last year he was the top recruiter                        Jingxin Wang (Ph.D. 1998) joined the
  of new members. He was recently elected to the Alumni Steering Committee, which                            faculty of West Virginia University in
  guides the direction of the School’s new programs.                                                         December as assistant professor. He will be
       “I value Mike’s professionalism, expertise, integrity and honesty,” said Warnell                      responsible for teaching timber harvesting
  School Dean Arnett C. Mace, Jr. “He has earned an excellent reputation among state                         and conducting research in the forest
  officials and members of the Georgia General Assembly. Mike serves in his capacity at                      operations area.
  GFA with excellence and maturity well beyond his years.”
       Zupko, 24, and his wife, Susan, live in Bethlehem, Georgia. v                                         John Young (BSFR 1995) 145 Gillaspey,
                                                                                                             Crested Butte, CO, 81224;
                                                                                                   ; is a supervisor
                                                                                                             with Osmose, Inc. He married Kerri
Reed honored by American Pulpwood Association                                                                Cameron in November 1998. v
     Travis Reed (BSFR 1972), who was named “Southeastern Logger of the Year” in
August by the American Pulpwood Association, went on to be named “National Logger of
the Year.” He owns and operates Reed Logging, Inc. of Lincolnton, Georgia. Reed and his
wife, Virginia Hilliard Reed, live in Evans, Georgia. v
                                                                                                   John and
                                                                                                              Becky Ga
                                (at left) From left to right: Charlie Wike, David                                     llagher (b
                                Mitchell, and Dicky Saunders

                                            (below) John Mixon and Alumni
                                            Association President, Tom Norris

                                                                                                          Harold and Mary Rozier and
                                                                                                          their daughter, Virginia (below)

                                                (left) Frank Robertson

(above) David Mitchell, Thomas Marbut, and Sharon Ward

                                                             (above) L
                                                                         ouise and
                                                                                     Gus Purs
                                            Non-Profit Org.
                                             U.S. Postage
                                            Permit No. 165
                                            Athens, Georgia
 Warnell School of Forest Resources
         D.W. Brooks Drive
   Athens, Georgia 30602-2152


                                      drawing by Bob Waddell

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