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					  Volume 27, Number 2                                                                                          Fall/Winter 2000


      Bald eagles                                                               Georgia’s

                                                                             Water Resources
                                                                                      Researching Solutions
Forests like this one bordering Amicolola Falls in North Georgia, protect water quality by preventing bank erosion and filtering
bacteria, pathogens and sediment. See story pages 5-7.
                                               DEAN’S COLUMN

 Good stewardship includes honoring donor’s wishes
                                                      BY DEAN ARNETT C. MACE, JR.
                                                                                                           land for research — and for the sale of

              ifts to the University of
             Georgia Foundation for the                                                                    trees or property that would enhance
             benefit of the Warnell                                                                        programs of the School.
School of Forest Resources are critical                                                                       Mr. Wheatley realized his vision for
to our success and will become even                                                                        the use of his property during his later
more so in the future. In fact, nearly 15                                                                  years and through his gift initiated
percent of our operational expenditures                                                                    another vision, one that would enable
come from these gifts. In this context, it                                                                 the School to help future graduates

                                                                                    photo by Chuck Moore
is our responsibility to use them as the                                                                   realize their own dreams. He wanted
donor intended. I take this responsibil-                                                                   these young people to make lasting
ity seriously, and with one exception —                                                                    contributions to society, similar to those
selection of one scholarship recipient                                                                     he attributed to his education at UGA.
one year — we have honored the                   Mr. Wheatley’s 2,500-acre personal                        He did not specify that we meet the
wishes of each and every donor.              retreat is an outstanding example of one                      vision of any person or groups.
    A recent article in the Chronicle of     man’s dedication to the creation of a                            When we acquired the property
Higher Education implied that we have        personal paradise. He created an even-                        upon Mr. Wheatley’s death, I created
not honored the wishes of Mr. Charles        aged forest of loblolly, slash and                            an External Land Management Com-
Wheatley in managing his property on         longleaf pine. His management objec-                          mittee. It included seven people with
Lake Blackshear. Mr. Wheatley deeded         tives were two-fold: to optimize                              vast experience and expertise, and I
the property to the University of            hunting opportunities, especially quail                       asked them to recommend both short -
Georgia Foundation in 1989, reserving        hunting; and to create pine forests for                       and-long-term management strategies
a lifetime estate. Unfortunately, Mr.        his personal peace and solitude.                              to optimize the use and value of the
Wheatley died just two years later.              All who knew Mr. Charles                                  property within Mr. Wheatley’s deed.
    Mr. Wheatley’s deed was very             Wheatley knew he credited much of his                            An inventory of the property
concise and specific. It specifies,          success to his education and experi-                          provided a foundation for developing
“...benefit and behoof of Grantee for        ences at the University of Georgia. He                        management plans and activities. The
the benefit of the School of Forest          left the majority of his estate to this                       inventory confirmed what we already
Resources of the University of               institution, which he loved and ad-                           knew: the slash and loblolly stands
Georgia, for said property to be             mired, including property that would                          were overmature with some being
utilized for such uses and purposes          benefit the School as it deems best. He                       understocked, some overstocked, and
as the School of Forest Resources            was a visionary who recognized that                           poor growth on these and some other
deems best including research in             the excellence of any University                              stands. There were mixtures of longleaf
timber and game management and               depends upon private gifts to support                         and loblolly in similar conditions and
any rents or profits or proceeds from        scholarships, graduate assistantships,                        others of pure longleaf stands. This all
the sale of trees or the sell of real        instruction, research and service                             pointed to the need to increase produc-
property, shall be for the benefit of        programs. Thus his deed was specific
the School of Forest Resources....”                                                                        continued inside back cover ...
                                             in that the School should manage his

                                                               On the Cover

                 pg. 11
                Faculty Profile:
                  Ron Hendrick

                                                           The clear, clean water
                                                              rushing through
                                                         Amicolola Falls in North

                                                              Georgia faces an
          Made in the Shade:                                uncertain future as it
          A new study shows why shade-grown coffee       flows toward urban areas
pg. 12    farms help protect biodiversity in Panama.       and new development.

                                                            See story pages 5-7

                                                               cover photo by
                                                               Rick O’Quinn,
                                                             UGA Communications

    pg. 14
    I.P.’s O’Brien:                                               Editor
                                                               Helen Fosgate
    Expect more buy-outs, mergers
                                                          Alumni & Development
                                   pg. 20

                                                             Mary McCormack

                          Donor Profile:                      Graphic Design
                            Dicky & Kay Saunders                Joel Bryan

                                                           The Foresters’ Log is an
                                                       Alumni Association Publication.
                                       pg. 19-23          It is published twice a year
                                                             in the fall and spring.
                                       Alumni News
                                                  FACULTY NEWS
• Bruce Beck, professor and eminent           on the wood properties of loblolly pines.       • David Newman, professor of forest
scholar of environmental systems, was                                                         finance, along with Warren Flick,
awarded a $2,500 Instructional Support        • Ron Hendrick, associate professor of          Coleman Dangerfield, and Jeff Dorfman
and Development grant to participate in       forest ecology, received the Gamma Sigma        (College of Agricultural and Environmental
the Instructional Technology Leadership       Delta Junior Faculty Award for outstanding      Sciences), received an $80,000 TIP3 grant
Program. He is using the funds to             research. (see profile, page 7).                to research the impact of tax policy on
develop an on-line manual to help                                                             Georgia’s fiber supply. Newman is the
wastewater treatment facility managers        • Rhett Jackson, assistant professor of         chair-elect of the Society of American
and administrators. (See page 6)              hydrology, was appointed chairman of the        Foresters Working Group of Economics,
                                              state’s Stream Buffer Variance Criteria         Policy and Law. He participated in two U.S.
• David Barker, a biological engineer         Technical Advisory Committee. The group         Forest Service workshops in Denver and
from the United Kingdom, is visiting the      is developing guidelines for Georgia            Washington about the criteria and indicators
lab of Ron Hendrick on a Foresight            Environmental Protection Division               of sustainability.
Award Fellowship from the UK Royal            personnel who implement state stream
Academy of Engineering. He is studying        buffer laws. Jackson was also selected to       • Bob Reinert, professor of fisheries, was
mini-rhizotron technology as it might be      serve as UGA’s representative on the            recognized for superior teaching at UGA
applied to the study of deep roots. Barker,   Oconee River Greenway Commission.               Honors Day.
whose work looks at stabilizing slopes
and hillsides, is involved in an EU-funded    • Cecil Jennings, adjunct associate             • Sara Schweitzer was promoted from
slope stabilization study (ECO SLOPES)        professor of fisheries and head of the          assistant professor to associate professor of
across nine European countries.               Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit,     wildlife ecology and management.
                                              received a $511,895 grant from the Georgia
• John Carroll, assistant professor of        Ports Authority to assess the temporal and      • Klaus Steinbeck, who retired in June after
wildlife ecology, received a $50,000          spatial distrubtion of estuarine-dependent      34 years as professor of silviculture,
grant from Tall Timbers Research Station      species in the Savannah River Estuary.          received the Alumni Association Faculty
to conduct a population genetics study                                                        Award for Outstanding Teaching. He was
on quail. He also received $50,000 from       • Daniel Markewitz, assistant professor         also named Professor of the Year by Xi
the Wildlife Conservation Society,            of soil/site productivity, was the keynote      Sigma Pi, the honorary student forestry
WSFR and the UGA Foundation’s                 speaker at a special symposium on               association at the Spring Awards Banquet.
Partners Program to provide educational       carbon cycle changes at the 31st Interna-
and research opportunities to Indonesian      tional Geological Conference in Rio de          • Bob Warren, professor of wildlife
nationals working for the WCS.                Janeiro in August.                              ecology and management, was elected
                                                                                              vice-president of The Wildlife Society.
• Bob Cooper, who was recently                • Karl Miller was promoted from                 He was also elected to the Fish and
promoted from assistant to associate          associate professor to professor of             Wildlife Executive Committee of the
professor of wildlife ecology, was            wildlife ecology and management.                National Association of State Universi-
recognized for superior teaching at UGA                                                       ties and Land Grant Colleges. The
Honors Day.                                   • Larry Morris, professor of forest soils,      committee, which promotes university-
                                              will begin serving as chair of the Forest and   based natural resources programs,
• Dick Daniels, professor of quantitative     Range Soils Division of the Soil Science        communicates with Congress, federal
forest management, received $164,335          Society of America in October. He was           and state agencies and private organiza-
TIP3 grant to investigate the effects of      recently reappointed associate editor of the    tions in reviewing and developing fish
silvicultural and environmental variables     Soil Science Society of America Journal.        and wildlife management policy. v

                                                                 v  4    ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                      WATER RESEARCH
                                         Physical aspects of water
What is                               quality include temperature,

Water                                 light, flow characteristics and
                                      channel morphology, a term
                                      that includes channel struc-
                                      ture, channel substrate and

Quality?                              woody debris, all of which
                                      effect habitat conditions for
                                      aquatic organisms.
                                                   Biological condi-
                                                tions in a river may be
                                                undesirable even if
                                                chemical and physical
                                                characteristics of the
                                                water are pristine.
                                                  contaminants of

                                                                                                                                   photos by Todd Rasmussen
                                              photo by Rhett Jackson

                                                  fresh water

  A       broad view of water
         quality means protecting
and maintaining high quality
                                                                                                           include plants and the
                                                                                                            flathead catfish.
water for drinking, recreation                                                                              When species are
and aquatic ecosystem health.                                                                               introduced, either
A comprehensive view of water                                                                                accidentally or
quality should consider chemi-                                                                               intentionally into
cal, physical, and                                                                                           new ecosystems, the
biological charac-                                                                                           non-native species
teristics of surface                                                                                        may eventually
and groundwaters.                                                                                           crowd out native
   For example, the                                                                                        species that evolved
chemistry of a river may                                                                                  in those ecosystems.
be suitable for aquatic life and                                                                                       -RHETT JACKSON
human consumption, but if
the water temperature is
too high (a physical
characteristic), then
many or all the fish
in the river may
die due to meta-
bolic stress.

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                                                 WATER ISSUES

               Federal and State
               Water Programs:                  Water Works
               • Total Maximum Daily             Guiding Georgia’s water future
                 Loads (TMDL)
                                                         ruce Beck,
               • Stormwater, Sediment and
                 Erosion Control
                                                   B     UGA's eminent
                                                 scholar in water quality
                                                 and environmental
               • Drinking Water Assessment
                                                 systems, is an advisor
                 and Protection
                                                 to the state's Clean
               • Tri-State Water Supply and      Water Initiative Task
                 Drought Management              Force. Launched in
               • Coastal and Wetland
               • Clean Water Action Plan                                                                      The Environmental Process Control
                                                                                                              Laboratory can help diagnose problems
                                                                                                              in lakes, rivers and wastewater
               Program Objectives:                                                                            treatment plants.
               • Protect aquatic habitats                                             photos by Chuck Moore

               • Prevent lake eutrophica-
                                                                                                               to meet water quality standards
                 tion (oxygen depletion,
                                                                                                               because of uncontrolled stormwater
                 algae growth)
                                                                                                               runoff. Pollutants include oil and
               • Protect drinking water,         response to Atlanta's mounting                                metals from streets and parking
                 fishing, swimming               stormwater management prob-                                   lots, fertilizers and pesticides from
                                                 lems, the Task Force is looking                               lawns and soil washed from uncov-
               • Prevent flooding, erosion,
                                                 at what the state's top environ-                              ered construction sites.
                                                 mental officials paint as a grim                                 Beck is also leading a research
                                                 picture of the waste- and-                                    effort that's examining develop-
               TMDLs (Total Maxi-                stormwater challenges facing                                  ment upstream of Lake Lanier.
               mum Daily Load) Regu-                                                                           Lake users are especially con-
                                                 metro Atlanta.
               lations will:                                                                                   cerned about new growth's effect
                                                    "We have a very serious prob-
               • Limit pollution discharges      lem," says Harold Reheis, director                            on water quality and supply. New
               • Manage wastewater treatment     of the state's Environmental                                  development means more septic
                                                 Protection Division.                                          tanks, animal wastes and sediment
               • Control nonpoint pollution
                                                    "Unless we can develop work-                               from construction sites, all of
                                                 able strategies in the very near                              which could threaten the ecologi-
               • Encourage use of Best           term, Atlanta will begin losing it's                          cal conditions in Lake Lanier.
                 Management Practices            ability to accommodate new                                    Beck’s group is assessing the
                                                 growth and commerce."                                         long-term health of the lake and
               • Require watershed planning
                                                    More than 1,000 miles of rivers                            developing tools to guide future
                                                 and streams in the metro area fail                            lake management.

                                         WATER RESEARCH


                                                                                                                             photo by Rhett Jackson
• helping to develop
  meaningful Total
  Maximum Daily               • evaluating the ecological
  Load Regulations              effects of sand-dredging in
• developing a GIS-             urban streams
  based model of
  the upper Oconee
  River to guide
  watershed management                     ing sediment in water
• assessing ground and surface           • assessing the effects of
  water interactions in                    farm ponds on
  southwest Georgia                        water quality
• evaluating the effects of timber       • assisting the River
  harvesting on headwaters                 Rendezvous/ Commu-
• developing a sediment                    nity Watershed Moni-
  densiometer, a way of monitor-           toring Project
                                                         photo by Paul Efland/UGA Communications

                                                                                                                                                         photo by Rhett Jackson

   • evaluating the effectiveness of                                                                         • monitoring the effectiveness of
     buffers in protecting Coastal Plain                                                                       Best Management Practices
     wetlands during a timber harvest                                                                          in Georgia

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Maymester short courses take students to the field
S   tudents who took courses offered during the
    May mini-mester were sweating -- and/or
dripping wet, but enjoying every minute.

 Students taking “Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia,”
logged more than 3,000 miles across the state learning how to
identify soils, reclaim and restore mined and contaminated sites
and monitor fish and water. At right, students learn how to
sample fish on the Conasauga River near Cohutta.
   Instructors included WSFR’s Todd Rasmussen, Matt Smith
(Engineering), David Wenner (Geology), and Bill Miller (Crop
and Soil Science).

                                                                                                                                                      photo by Todd Rasmussen
                                                                                           v    Students in “Field Methods in Wildlife Research
                                                                                           and Management,” spent an intense week at the Jones
                                                                                           Ecological Research Center near Newton, Ga.
                                                                                                Course instructors Bob Warren and Mike Conner
                                                                                           led hands-on sessions in prescribed burning, the live-
                                                                                           capture, handling, and radio-marking of wild birds and
                                                                                           mammals, and the use of leg-hold traps, squeeze chutes
                                                                                           and scent-stations in collecting wildlife data. At left,
                                                                                           students learn how to use a laptop computer to interpret
                                                                     photo by Bob Warren

                                                                                           the echo-location signals of flying bats on the
                                                                                           Ichawaynochaway Creek.

New half-time graduate assistantships
                                               The following students received
   S     upporter contributions
         made it possible this year
to offer several new half-time
                                            Sustainable Forest Productivity
                                            Assistantships beginning fall
                                                                                                            forest management
                                                                                                               Nikhil Narahari, MS candi-
                                                                                                            date, forest ecology
assistantships in forest productiv-         semester 2000:                                                     Robert Simmons, MS candi-
ity. They provide stipends of                  Matthew Armstrong, MFR                                       date, forest management
$16,700 a year for master’s degree          candidate, forest business management                              Elizabeth Ann Wright, MS
candidates and $17,800 for doc-                James Chumbler, MS candi-                                    candidate, wildlife ecology
toral students. In addition, students       date, forest management                                            Guiping Yin, MS candidate,
on assistantship receive a fee-                Kirsten Hazler, Ph.D. candi-                                 forest economics
waiver that substantially reduces           date, wildlife ecology                                             Shenghua Yuan, Ph.D.
their tuition and fees.                        Rechun He, Ph.D. candidate,                                  candidate, forest biology v

                                                           v  8    ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
Essays on education, research and issues in natural resource management

                                               these non-point sources of pollution, a
     Georgia’s Water                           recent U.S. Geological Survey study
      Quality Crisis                           showed that water quality degradation from
                                               urban areas such as yards, homes, streets,
            BY TODD   C. RASMUSSEN             parking lots, and businesses far surpasses
                                               that from all other land uses. Only nutrients

                                                                                                                                       photo by Chuck Moore
                                               from agricultural sources appear to be
   I   n some ways, the quality of water
       in our rivers and streams is much
improved over what we had a generation
                                               higher than contributions from urban areas.
                                               A recent study by Frank Green of the
ago. Many of Georgia’s waterways used          Georgia Forestry Commission and me
                                                                                                     Finally, how does the forestry sector fit
to be open sewers, a result of untreated       showed that forest harvesting usually does
                                                                                                 into this overall picture? Because well-
wastewater from cities and industries.         not affect stream turbidity.
                                                                                                 managed forest lands help to clean both
These wastes were the major contributors           Does this mean forestry should avoid this
                                                                                                 water and air, economic incentives in the
to streamflow in dry weather and teemed        debate? Certainly not. In fact, the forestry
                                                                                                 form of cash payments could be used to
with pathogens and other bacteria that         community should take the lead by demon-
                                                                                                 maintain our forest lands, rather than
depleted oxygen and killed fish. Today,        strating sound management practices.
                                                                                                 developing them or converting them to
most of our rivers and streams are in          Outside forestry, the use of forested buffers
                                                                                                 other uses. This can be accomplished by
much better shape in dry weather because       along creeks and streams has yet to become
                                                                                                 establishing conservation easements, much
these discharges are now treated before        routine, yet we know the effectiveness of
                                                                                                 like a pipeline or powerline easement. For
they are returned to our waterways.            these buffers in preventing bank erosion,
                                                                                                 example, a city having trouble meeting
    But Georgia’s strong economy places        fecal contamination and nutrient inputs.
                                                                                                 water quality standards can pay forest
huge, new burdens on our state’s natural           Should we focus on preventing
                                                                                                 landowners to maintain their forests -- or to
resources. During wet weather, water           erosion? A surprising new study by
                                                                                                 convert agricultural lands to forests.
quality still suffers in, and downstream of,   graduate students in the School shows that
                                                                                                 Certainly, the part of the Conservation
rapidly expanding urban areas. Many            sediment and turbidity are highly related
                                                                                                 Reserve Program that promotes forestry is a
local, state and federal agencies are          to other contaminants. Water quality data
                                                                                                 step in this direction.
concerned about Georgia’s water quality        from the Chattahoochee watershed show
                                                                                                     Many people, including Governor Roy
because drinking water supplies are            high correlations between turbidity and the       Barnes, believe it’s time to deal with
threatened when pesticides, herbicides,        presence of microbial pathogens, nutrients,       Georgia’s water quality problems. It is
and bacteria are at such high levels that      herbicides, pesticides and toxic metals.          clearly time to control the contamination of
treatment becomes difficult. Fish and other         This correlation makes it easy to spot       Georgia’s waterways from urban and
aquatic organisms are at risk when             polluted water. Rivers that “run like mud,”       agricultural areas. Because of our long
excessive sediment and nutrients deplete       are a problem, both from a human health           history of environmental stewardship, we in
oxygen supplies.                               and an environmental perspective. I               the forestry sector should commit ourselves
     During wet weather, rivers and streams    personally would not swim in, drink from,         to teaching others how to improve our
in the Piedmont run muddy and teem with        fish in, or fall into water I can’t see into at   rivers and streams. v
pathogenic microbes, toxic metals,             least three feet. Ranking streams by
herbicides, pesticides and nutrients. Where    turbidity is also an easy way to identify         (Todd Rasmussen is associate professor of
does this contaminated storm water come        trouble spots. By focusing the state’s            hydrology in the WSFR. Contact him c/o
from? In most cases, it’s from overland        scarce resources on streams that show             The Warnell School of Forest Resources,
runoff that flows to streams. While forest     elevated turbidity, we can more effectively       UGA, Athens, GA 30602. Email:
operations are a potential contributor to      reduce health and environmental risks.  

                                                                 v  9    ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000

• Demetrius Cox, a master’s degree      attend the 2000 Annual Meeting of         award award, based on outstanding
candidate in hydrology and an ensign    the American Fisheries Society in         academic achievement, public
in the U.S. Navy Reserve, was           St. Louis, Mo. in August.                 service, integrity and initiative, is
awarded the Henry J. Reilly Memo-                                                 presented annually in memory of
rial Graduate Scholarship from the                                                 E.L. Cheatum, a former UGA
Reserve Officers Association.                                                      professor and director of the
                                        Melinda K. Schaefbauer, who recently       Institute of Natural Resources.
• Stuart Jackson, a master’s            completed her                                       Waddell is currently on
degree candidate in forest manage-      master’s degree                                     assignment with the
                                        in wildlife
ment, was awarded the Jerome L.         ecology, received
                                                                                            Peace Corps in Mongolia.
Clutter Fellowship at the Spring        the Best Student
Awards Banquet. Based on out-           Paper Award at                                     • Jason Ward, a master’s

                                                                                         photo by Sara Schweitzer
standing academic achievement, the      the 7th Annual                                     degree candidate in hydrol-
award is worth $5,000.                  Conference of                                      ogy, received the U.S.
                                        The Wildlife
                                        Society held in
                                                                                           Forest Service Science
• Matthew Marshall, Sheldon Owen        September in                                       Award at the Spring Awards
and Kim Winter received outstand-       Nashville, TN. The paper, which           Banquet.Ward graduated magna cum
ing Graduate Teaching Awards at the     competed against entries from more than   laude last December with a
Spring Awards Banquet.                  30 schools and universities from across   bachelor’s degree in forest resources.
                                        the country, is about the “Effects of
                                        Thinning CRP Pine Stands on nesting
• Clinton Moore, a Ph.D. candidate      Songbirds in Georgia.” It was              • Richard Weyers, a master’s
in forest resources management and      coauthored by Dr. Sara Schweitzer.         degree candidate in fisheries, re-
Dina Roberts, who recently com-                                                    ceived the Best Student Paper Award
pleted a master’s degree in wildlife                                               for his paper, “Effects of pulsed,
management, received Soddard-           • Brian Stone, a master’s degree          high-water velocities on length and
Burleigh-Sutton Awards at the           candidate in forest business, served      survival of larval Moxostoma
Spring Awards Banquet. The $1,000       as a summer intern in the office of       robustum,” at the Ethology, Evolu-
scholarship is awarded annually for     the late Senator Paul Coverdell and       tionary Ecology, and Conservation of
outstanding graduate work in orni-      Congressman Saxby Chambliss. He           Fishes 2000 meeting.
thology and/or wildlife conservation.   researched various federal policy
                                        issues on timber, attended Congres-       • Craig White and Kim Winter,
• Tom Reinert, a Ph.D. candidate        sional hearings and met with              both third-year doctoral candi-
in fisheries management, was            forestry groups.                          dates in wildlife ecology, were
awarded the American Fisheries                                                    awarded University-wide Gradu-
Society Student Scholarship to          • Robert Waddell, who earned his          ate School Assistantships for
attend the Third World Fisheries        master’s degree in wildlife man-          2000-2001. Winter is serving as a
Congress in Beijing, China in           agement in July, received the             Teaching Assistant Mentor, teach-
November. He also received a            E.L.Cheatum Award at the Spring           ing new techniques and technol-
Skinner Memorial Travel Award to        Awards Banquet. The $1,000                ogy to new TAs. v

                                                         v 10   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
PR O F I L E :                               RON HENDRICK
by Helen Fosgate                                                                  but effective,” he says. “It’s
                                                                                  the science, not the opinions,
                                                                                  that drive the work.”
R  on Hendrick reaches
   behind the seat to re-
trieve the long plastic tube
                                                                                      He considers himself
                                                                                  fortunate to work in a
he brought as a prop for                                                          university where there are
his portrait.                                                                     no barriers to collaboration.
    “What’s that thing?” the                                                      His graduate students come
photographer asks, walking                                                        from across campus, mostly
over for a closer look.                                                           from botany, ecology and
    “Mini rhizatron tube,”                                                        biology. And he works with
Hendrick answers, holding                                                         others from across the
it out. “It’s how we study                                                        country through his work
roots underground.”                                                               with the Coweta Long-Term
    “Ah, so you’re a root                                                         Ecological Research Site,
voyeur,” says the photogra-                                                       headquartered in Otto, N.C.
pher, grinning.                                                                      “It’s one of the things I
    “Exactly,” says Hendrick,                                                     like about the way UGA is
turning to the writer. “And be                                                    organized,” he says. “We
sure to include that in the                                                       have a disciplinary home
story, okay?”                                                                     and a philosophical home
                                                                               photo by Chuck Moore
    Hendrick, a forest ecolo-                                                     base, but nothing to inhibit
gist in UGA’s Warnell                                                             us from working with
School of Forest Resources,                                                       faculty or graduate students
observes roots underground. He       their Junior Faculty Award for          in other areas. That’s important
pioneered the use of tiny video      outstanding research.                   for someone in ecology.”
cameras buried inside long clear        Hendrick, 37, doesn’t fit               Hendrick grew up in Jackson,
tubes called mini-rhizotrons, to     the stereotype of hand-wring-           Mich., a working-class town tied
study the birth, growth and death    ing ecologist. “It’s true, ecolo-       to the auto industry and home of
of roots without disturbing them.    gists tend to be worriers,” he          the state penitentiary.
He also developed an analytical      says, “but I try to be an opti-            “It was a big deal getting a
framework and new computer           mist. I also try not to be a            new grocery store in the rust
software, called ROOTS, to           political advocate, especially          belt,” remembers Hendrick,
capture and interpret the data.      in my classes.”                         whose father was a tool and die
    His innovations helped to           Above all, Hendrick strives to       maker. He graduated from
reinvigorate the field of root       maintain objectivity in his work,       Jackson’s Northwest High
research and are now being used      a code he says fosters coopera-         School in 1981, then took a year
in labs and research programs        tion and trust with colleagues in       off to contemplate his future. He
worldwide. In March, Gamma           other disciplines. He especially        looks back on that year as an
Sigma Delta, the honor society       enjoys working in large, investi-
of science, presented him with       gative groups. “It’s challenging,      continued on page 18 ...

                                                    11   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000

in the

A     new study by University of
     Georgia wildlife researchers
suggests that the shift from small,
                                      Migratory Bird
                                      Center, is the first
shade-grown coffee farms to vast      to show that army
sun-grown coffee fields in Panama     ants are keystone

                                                                                                                                               photo by Peter Frey/UGA Communications
                                                                                                                        photo by Chuck Moore
may help explain the loss of tropi-   tropical species,
cal biodiversity. Researchers say     even in a human-
shade coffee farms provide a haven    modified land-
for many forest species, including    scape. It was
army ants and ant-following birds,    published in the
while sun-grown coffee farms          February 2000           Wildlife ecologist Bob Cooper says small, shade-grown farms
support little but coffee.            issue of the            in South America and Panama are rapidly disappearing.
   The study, conducted in            journal Conser-
western Panama and                    vation Biology and in the October            ests. Ant-following birds feed not
funded by the University              2000 issue of Ecological Applica-            on the ants, but on the insects
of Georgia, the Uni-                        tions. In it, authors Dina             flushed from the forest floor by
versity of Memphis                                Roberts and Robert               their swarming advances.
and the                                           Cooper of UGA’s                     “Shade-grown coffee varieties
                                                 Warnell School of Forest are tolerant of the shade of high-
                                            Resources and Lisa Petit, of           canopy tropical trees,” said
                                            the Smithsonian Migratory              Cooper, a wildlife ecologist in
                                            Bird Center in Washington,             UGA’s Warnell School of Forest
                                          D.C. show how army ants act              Resources. “These small, tradi-
                                       as critical links between birds and tional farms, especially when
                                        leaf-litter insects in shade-coffee adjacent to forests, support a
                                          farms as well as tropical for-           wide variety of species.”

                                                         v12   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                            STAFF NEWS
   Like forests, shade coffee farms

                                          Staff                                    work
accumulate layers of leaf litter,
woody debris and fallen trunks
where the ants can nest and hunt. But
researchers worry that as these low-
input, traditional farms give way to
large, intensive, sun-grown coffee      Michael S. Hunter, Forest
plantations, the ants -- and ant-       Resources Manager
following birds -- will decline even    (BSFR 1987)
further. These ant-following birds      Years at WSFR: 5
include year-round residents like the   Job: Oversees the man-
gray-headed tanager and ruddy           agement of Whitehall
woodcreeper, as well as dozens of       Forest in Athens, Harman
North American migrant species.         Memorial Park (Jackson
Roberts recorded 126 different bird     Co.) and Watson Springs
species at ant swarms.                  Forest (Greene Co.).
   Roberts, Cooper’s graduate
                                        Family: One dog - Molly,
student who lived and worked in
Panama for two years, followed          2 cats - Smokey and Kitty,
two species of army ants, Eciton        20 + cows
burchelli and Labidus praedator in      Interests outside work:
various habitats, noting their          Sundown farmer with
numbers, activities and distribu-       beef cows
tion. She tracked the swarms in         Best things about WSFR:
coffee shrubs, which are constantly     The people. Great faculty,

                                                                                                                 photo by Helen Fosgate
cultivated and sprayed with herbi-      staff, and students
cides and pesticides.                   Favorite movie:
   “Historically, coffee farmers        Apollo 13
cleared portions of the understory      What you do for fun: Hunt,            wish you could’ve met/known?
in continuous forests and planted
                                        fish, and water ski                   My mother’s father, who died
coffee shrubs beneath,” she said.
                                        Philosophy of life: Live to the       when I was five.
“By retaining a diversity of shade
                                        fullest every day. There are no       Greatest worries, concerns:
trees, the ecosystem could continue
to operate, controlling erosion,        problems, only opportunities!         People who want rights with no
providing shade, leaf litter, fruit     Your heros and why: My                responsibility.
and nesting sites for wildlife.”        grandfather because he set a          Greatest passions: People -- and
   Researchers say shade coffee         great example for his family to       being a good steward of things in
farms provide an environment            follow; always kind, gracious,        my care.
comparable, or at least tolerable,      and generous with his time            Most want to be remembered: As
to the ants. Roberts goes so far as     and talents.                          someone who did his best to make
to suggest that in light of their       Someone no longer living you          life easier and better for others. v
continued on page 16...

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Spring Colloquium:
International Paper V.P. says to
expect more buy-outs, mergers
   F   orest products companies will
       have to do a better job of
managing costs if they are to compete,
                                            and a handful of giants will emerge.”
                                               O’Brien believes the key to long-
                                            term profitability lies in controlling
and many may not survive the next           capital spending, and he said Interna-
decade, according to George O’Brien,        tional Paper is doing this by focusing
senior vice president of forest re-         on markets and customer needs.
sources at International Paper Com-            “We used to believe we made more
pany. O’Brien delivered the 2000            money by making more tons of paper
Spring Colloquium at the Warnell            or more board feet of lumber -- even
School of Forest Resources.                 when those tons went into inventory,”

                                                                                                                                     photo by Chuck Moore
    “Our industry is no longer the down-    he said. “At International Paper, we
the-street, across-the-state-line type of   now know that this is not true.”
industry,” O’Brien told the audience of        O’Brien said environmental issues
students, faculty, staff and alumni.        also pose challenges, especially
“We’ve got competitors in Europe and        when it comes to operating in con-              “I believe these changes will
Asia who are putting the pressure on the    cert with the public will and in the        create an even stronger SFI pro-
North American forest products indus-       regulatory arena.                           gram that will lead to broad en-
try like we’ve never had. If we don’t          “I am convinced that the simple rule     dorsement by our constituents and
perform better and manage smarter,          of doing the right thing the right way is   ensure our long-term license to
we’ll be out of the running.”               the best course of action in meeting the    operate,” said O’Brien.
    O’Brien outlined the major              environmental challenges,” he said.            O’Brien said the industry’s greatest
challenges facing the industry, listing     “We have to protect wildlife and also       challenge -- balancing all of the
among top concerns increased                water quality, and we don’t compromise      conflicting demands -- requires a new
profitability, environmental                by skirting the regulations or doing just   kind of forester. He suggested future
sustainability and a need for great         enough to get by.”                          leaders should have a combined
leaders. He noted that while North             O’Brien said International Paper         forestry and liberal arts background; in
America continues to supply the bulk        Company was among the first in the          addition to the skills of forestry and
of the world’s forest products, the         industry to adopt the Sustainable           business, they should understand how
future growth areas are not here, but       Forestry Initiative guidelines. And IP      to deal with conflict.
in Asia and Latin America.                  supports changes that would make it             “He or she will be an excellent
    “Companies are positioning them-        easier for the public to identify compa-    communicator and will better reflect
selves to compete around the world,         nies who don’t follow the best operating    the demographics of our nation,
mostly through a massive consolida-         practices. They also support SFI’s recent   coming from all types of racial, ethnic
tion taking place in our industry,” he      addition of third party verification and    and cultural backgrounds,” he said.
said. “Over the next several years, I       governance that includes key environ-       “Finally, and most importantly, the
believe the number of companies in          mental national and international leaders   new forester will have to be a leader.”
the industry will dwindle significantly,    as well as other stakeholders.                                          -HELEN FOSGATE

                                                                v 14   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                           STUDENT NEWS

David Vinson                           MENT -- Robert Adams IV, John           James Roberts, Brian Stone, Daniel
                                       Campbell, James Chumbler, Jr., Brant    Stuber, James Ulmer, David Vinson
• FORESTRY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS --      Faircloth, Derek Ferguson, Andrew
James Chappell, Katie Myszka,                                                  • FOREST SERVICE SCIENCE AWARD --
Nathan Wilson, Stacy Rife,                                                     Jason Ward
                                      BRANT FAIRCLOTH was named
Bethany Yash                      Outstanding Senior in Wildlife, Ag Hill
                                  Council Outstanding                          • E.E. PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP --
• FORESTRY ALUMNI FRESHMAN                                                                 Brian Schoch
                                  Senior in Forest
                                  Resources, Gamma
-- Stephanie Pratt, Erin Kallman                                                             • YANCEY SCHOLARSHIP -
                                  Sigma Delta
                                                                                             - Jeremy Shaw
                                  Outstanding Senior,
                                  and received the
SCHOLARHIP -- Scott Gregor                                                                   • BEN MEADOWS SCHOLAR-
                                  Forestry Faculty
                                                                                             SHIP -- Michael Threadgill
                                  Award at the Spring
                                  Awards Banquet. He
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS --                                                                     • ARCHIE E. PATTERSON
                                  is currently pursuing
Brian Schoch                                                                                 SCHOLARSHIP -- Brian Stone
                                  a master’s degree in
                                  Wildlife Ecology.
• MARTHA LOVE MAY MEMORIAL                                                     • C.M. & BERNICE STRIPLING FRESH-
SCHOLARSHIP -- Camille Holbrook                                                MAN SCHOLARSHIP -- James Bagwell
                                      Hitchcock, Jesse Johnson, Bethany Yash
• GEORGIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION/                                                • C.M. AND BERNICE STRIPLING PRO-
FELLOWSHIP -- Mark Hayes              Cook, Rose Leathers
                                                                               • VIRON G. SPRATLIN MEMORIAL SCHOL-
Thomas Holbrook                                                                • RAYONIER INCORPORATED FOUNDATION
                                       • WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN COLLEGES        SCHOLARSHIP -- Gorden Scott Jackson
MEMORIAL AWARD -- Brent Womack                                                 • SOUTHEASTERN SOCIETY OF AMERICAN
                                       • XI SIGMA PI INDUCTEES -- Phillip      FORESTERS SCHOLARSHIP -- Phillip
• CHARLES A. LEAVELL SCHOLARSHIP --    Allen, Matthew Armstrong, Troy Baker,   Edward Allen
Amanda Morgan                          Greg Barron, John Campbell, Frank
                                       Cook, Brant Faircloth, Jason Gordon,    • J. L. CLUTTER FELLOWSHIP --
• SUPERIOR PINE PRODUCTS COMPANY       Willis Gregory, John Griffin, Oliver    Stuart Jackson
SCHOLARSHIP-- Jason Rice               Halleux, Andrew Hitchcock, Stuart
                                       Jackson, Timothy Jarrell, Jesse         • FREDRICK WILLIAMS KINARD, JR.
• RECOGNIZED AT UGA HONOR’S DAY        Johnson, Jennifer Keyes, James          SCHOLARSHIP -- Jonathan Hayes v

                                                        v15   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                                       STUDENT NEWS

Digging In:                                             Forestry Conclave
                                                           The UGA team placed 4th               3rd place: Axe Throw (Brian
Forestry and                                            overall in the 43rd Annual South-        Barbaree)
SAF Clubs                                               ern Forestry Conclave hosted by          4th place: Women’s Cross
                                                        Louisiana State University. Four-        Cut Saw (Elizabeth Banks,
in Rockdale Co.                                         teen teams from across the south-        Liberty Moore)
   The Forestry Club and the                            east participated in the event,
UGA student chapter, Society of                         which was held at Camp                  Forestry Club advisor: Kris Irwin
American Foresters joined                               Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana.   Conclave coaches: Tripp Lowe,
forces last spring to restore 8                                                               Helen Whiffen, Barry Shiver,
acres of forested wetlands in                              Individual placings                Dick Daniels
Rockdale County.                                        T ECHNICAL E VENTS --1st place:
   Students planted more than                             Wildlife (David Vinson,                Special thanks to Klaus
3,000 mast-producing oaks                                  Tommy Holland)                     Steinbeck, who provided the team
and shrubs. Those participat-                              3rd place: Dendrology              with a new competition cross cut
ing included Brian Stone,                                  (Michael Waters)                   saw and new bow saw blades. v
Mike Harrell, Kevin Malone,                                4th place: Compass and
Kristen Utz, Kevin Mullinax,                               pacing (Ben Kobeck)
Jason Haray, Mike Huffman,                                 4th place: DBH Estima-
David Cartwright, Jody                                     tion (Brock Stewart)
Padgett, Jason Rice, Dave                                  4th place: Photogram-
Giggs, Glenn Tott, Liberty                                 metry (Scott Jackson)
Moore, Heather Venter, Joey
DeGross and Jack Tribble. v                             PHYSICAL EVENTS
                                                          2nd place: Men’s Cross

                                                                                                                                      photo by Kris Irwin
                                                          Cut Saw (Jason Haray,
                                                          Dave Gibbs)

                                                          ... Shade continued from pg. 13      aged by signs that public
                                                                                               consciousness is rising.
                                                          important role, the ants
                                                                                                  “Consumers can now buy
                                                          deserve protected status granted
                                                                                               shade-grown coffee in many
                                                          other threatened species.
                                                                                               grocery stores,” she said. “It
                                                             “Right now, these shade-
                                                                                               costs a little more, but rising
                                                          coffee farms are a safety net
                                                                                               sales give the small, traditional
                                                          for the army ants and the birds
                                                                                               farmers in Panama an economic
                                                          that depend on them,” said
                                                                                               incentive to retain their shade-
                                                          Roberts. “Unfortunately,
                                photo by Brian Stone

                                                                                               tree coffee farms.”
                                                          they’re quickly disappearing.”
                                                                                                                    - HELEN FOSGATE
                                                              But Roberts is also encour-

                                                                       v16   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                        STUDENT NEWS

 Got Logos?                            Wildlife Conclave
                                           The UGA team placed 3rd overall            3rd place: Dendrology (Brant
                                       in the Annual Southeastern Wildlife         Faircloth, Lane Rivenbark)
                                       Conclave hosted by Mississippi State
                                       University.                                                          Team
                                       Sixteen teams                                                     Competition
                                       from across                                                           1st place:
                                       the region                                                        Field Team
                                       competed in                                                       Competition
                                       team and                                                          (all students
                                       individual                                                        participated)
                                       events held                                                           3rd place:

                                                                                                       photo by courtesy MSU
                                       on the MSU                                                        Quiz Bowl
                                       campus in                                                         (Brant
   Forestry Club members are           Starkville and                                                    Faircloth,
seeking previous Forestry Club         at Mossy Oak                                                      Liberty Moore,
logos to print on t-shirts and hats.   Outlet in West Point, Mississippi.          Christyne Scofield, Heather Venter)
If you can supply one or more,
the Club will give you a FREE            Individual placings                         Conclave coaches, Wildlife
t-shirt or hat. Please contact           1st place: Kayaking (Casey                Society Chapter Advisors: Sara
Jason Haray at (706-316-1074).         Sanders, Jeremiah Zastrow)                  Schweitzer, John Carroll. v

Fisheries Society Hosts
United Way Tournament
   The UGA Fisheries Society           River Chapter of Trout
became an offical student chapter      Unlimited.
of the American Fisheries Society          Corporate sponsors
in spring 2000.                        included the Williams
   On September 30th, the society      Company, Subway, Coca-
hosted the 2nd Annual “Goin’           Cola, Shakespeare USA,
Fishing with the United Way.” The      Franklin’s Sporting
event, sponsored by United Way of      Goods, Wal-Mart and
Northeast Georgia, brought young       Marion and Buck’s Bait Shop.
people from the Boys and Girls Club        “It was hard to tell who had the most
of Athens and senior citizens from     fun—the participants or the volunteers,”
the Council on Aging to Whitehall      said Bob Reinert, WSFR professor and
Forest for a morning of fishing and    fisherman extraordinare.
fun. Volunteers included faculty and       On October 20th, the chapter
                                                                                                                               photos by Tom Reinert

staff from WSFR, the UGA Men’s         hosted their popular Fall Fish Fry at
Basketball Team and the Oconee         Flinchum’s Phoenix.

                                                      v  17   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
C Crop of the

   Gloria Harrison, (left) business
manager, Mike Hunter (center),
forest resources manager and Phil
“Rosebud” Hale, research coordi-
nator II, have been named recipi-
ents of the 2000 Staff Awards. The
$1,000 awards, provided by the
WSFR Alumni Association,
recognize outstanding support

                                                                                                                        photo by Helen Fosgate
personnel in the Warnell School of
Forest Resources. v

 ... Hendrick continued from pg. 9        he entered graduate school as a         opportunities to cross-country ski.
     important time in which he           doctoral candidate in forest ecology.   But root research was pretty
 considered many possibilities,              He met his future wife, Michelle,    seasonal that far north!”
 including the military. “My pen          at Michigan State, where she was           In addition to research,
 was poised on the dotted line at         studying engineering as an under-       Hendrick teaches an undergradu-
 one point,” he says, laughing.           graduate. Today she is a materials      ate course in silviculture and a
 “But I didn’t sign.”                     engineer with a small, high-tech        graduate course in forest ecol-
     In the end, he opted for col-        company in Atlanta.                     ogy. He also directs two doctoral
 lege and enrolled at Michigan               “I used to date her roommate,        and two master’s degree stu-
 State University, though he says         but she didn’t like outdoor             dents and serves on 16 graduate
 he’d hardly been a stellar student.      activities,” says Hendrick, grin-       student committees.
 That he went to college at all was       ning. “She suggested I do those            New to his research are
 a surprise, even to him. “The            things with Michelle, so I did!”        molecular and biochemical
 words ‘future college professor’            After completing his                 techniques that will allow his
 would not have appeared under            docorate, Hendrick moved to             lab to identify certain soil
 my name in the high school               Fairbanks, Alaska for a year,           organisms and link them to
 yearbook,” he admits.                    where he used a National Sci-           specific root functions.
     Once there though, Hendrick was      ence Foundation Fellowship to              “If we can determine what
 attracted by the opportunity to pursue   study root physiology at the            organisms are there and how
 many interests. He soon began to         Institute of Arctic Biology.            they behave and react, we’ll be
 consider academia as a career               “Fairbanks had a small, college      one step closer to understand-
 possibility, and after earning a         town feel, and that was nice,” says     ing the larger role of under-
 bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1986,   Hendrick. “And we had lots of           ground processes,” he says. v

                                                        v 18    ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                                    ALUMNI NEWS

 WSFR Student
     The School established the Student
 Ambassador Program this year to

                                                                                                                      photo by Rhett Jackson
 provide opportunities for students to
 grow and develop beyond their
 educational experiences. Student
 Ambassadors represent the School at
 University functions and off campus as
 well. They also build close relation-
 ships with faculty, staff, alumni and
 leaders in the forest and natural
 resource professions.

                                                                                                                                                                      photo by Mary McCormack
     The program includes at least eight
 positions annually and is open to both
 professional and graduate-level
 students. The group will include at
 least one representative from each of the Front row (l to r) Jason Rice, Allison Hogan, Liberty Moore, Jamie Goolsby, Dave Gibbs
                                           Back row: Diarra Mosley, Olly Halleux, Glenn Tott. Not pictured: Brian Stone.
 School’s four majors every year. v

                                                                                                                    A LUMNI I NFORMATION :

                                                                                                                                               photo by Chuck Moore
                                                                                            photo by Chuck Moore

                                                                                                                      Mary McCormack, director
                                                                                                                    Alumni Relations & Development
  Wildlife researchers studying ways to reduce deer-car collisions are using feeders like                          Warnell School of Forest Resources
the one above to help attract and capture deer. Karl Miller (WSFR) and John Kilgo (U.S.                                 Athens, GA 30602-2152
Forest Service) are tracking up to 75 radio-collared deer in the Savannah River Site near                                   (706) 542-1011
Aiken, S.C. to gain insights about the animals’ movements, feeding habits and social
behavior. Moultrie Feeders, of Alabaster, Alabama, donated 10 feeders worth $3,600.                       

                                                                  v  19   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                                ALUMNI NEWS

“Faux” Alums Support New 2 Plus 3 Program
 I    t is noon and Dicky and Kay
      Saunders settle into their seats at
The Cannon, Columbus’ only micro
                                            munications closer to home at Colum-
                                            bus State University. The couple, both
                                            of whom are active “alums” of the
                                                                                          later left the profession to become a
                                                                                          life-long educator in Columbus. In
                                                                                          1918 Dicky’s father, the late Gerald B.
brewery restaurant. The place is hopping,   Warnell School, graduated from Colum-         Saunders, began working at the
but a waiter soon seats us in the high-     bus State University.                         Alexander Brothers Lumber Co. in
ceilinged room under giant wooden               “Dicky has this whole faux past at        Harris County, which sold lumber and
paddle fans salvaged from a grist mill.     UGA,” says Kay, laughing. “And really,        other southern pine wood products. He
    “Everything’s good here,” says Dicky,   we’ve been going to Homecoming events         was a founding member of the South-
“everything we’ve ever tried.”              and football games up there for so long,      ern Pine Association and served as
    Bulletin boards along the old brick     people just assume we’re alumni. And we       president of the Georgia Forestry
walls tell the story of the building’s      let ‘em. Last year at Homecoming, some        Association in the early ‘70s.
extensive renovation from decaying          guy came up to Dicky and said, ‘Didn’t            “Forestry just keeps popping up in
armory to icon of the city’s riverfront     we have silviculture together in ‘68?,’ and   our lives,” says Kay, “and keeps us in
renewal. The Cannon is managed by the       Dicky said, “Could be, could be!”             touch with all these wonderful people.”
Saunders’ nephew, Mitch, who gradu-             Kay’s father, Charles Wike, did               The couples’ background and enduring
ated from UGA in 1998 with a degree in      graduate from the School in 1950 and          interests in both forestry and education are
microbiology. It’s also one more            worked as a forester near Americus. He        the motivation behind their recent gift of
example of this couples’ invest-                                                                the Gerald B. and Charlotte
ment in young people.                                                                           Alexander Saunders Scholarship,
    “Mitch worked at a couple of                                                                which supports students in the 2plus3
microbreweries while he was in                                                                  Program. The new program, begun
school in Athens,” says Kay, “and                                                               this fall, allows students to work
he was just intrigued by the whole                                                              concurrently toward both a
idea. When he graduated, he wanted                                                              bachelor’s and a master’s degree in
to help start one here in Columbus.”                                                            forest management.
    Dicky points to the giant copper                                                                “Dicky’s parents have always
vats at the back of the restaurant in                                                           been very involved in education, and
which Mitch ferments The Cannon’s                                                               mine, too.” says Kay. “So it’s natural
own micro brews. “We had to go all                                                              for us to honor them in this way.”
the way up to Tennessee to get those                                                                “Our interest is really in helping
vats,” says Dicky. “Apparently,                                                                 kids,” continues Dicky. “And we
there are only a couple of places in                                                            choose to do that by providing
the world that make ‘em.”                                                                       scholarships to deserving kids who
    The Saunders’ oldest son,                                                                   need the help. And we’re not
Vaden, graduated from UGA in                                                                    necessarily sold on supporting only
1998 with a degree in international                                                             the top students, but also those
                                                                                          photo by Helen Fosgate

business. He now works in L.A. as                                                               who’re trying to go to school, work,
an international gate agent with                                                                and do a lot of others things at the
Delta Airlines. Their youngest son,                                                             same time.”
Charles, is majoring in business com-       Kay and Dicky Saunders in Columbus, GA                                      -HELEN FOSGATE

                                                          v 20    ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                          CLASS NOTES

             1930s                   son, Chip, who died in 1963 of                                          2015 - No Flowers, Please. Just
                                     cystic fibrosis at age 16. The                                          send donations to: Warnell
   Charles R. Ross (BSF 1931)        Rosses have two grandchildren                                           School of Forest Resources.”
4035 N.W. Houston Place,             Sean Hathaway, 37, of Portland
Corvallis, OR 97330, and his wife,   and Charles J. Rogers, 27, of                                              Archie McEuen (BSF 1959)
Elsie, founded the Corvallis         Bellevue, Wash.                                                         2402 Manchester Dr., Waycross,
Greenbelt Land Trust in 1989. The                                                                            GA 31501-7554 is retired from the


Rosses, whose income never                         1950s                                                     Georgia Forestry Commission and
exceeded $15,000/year, have                                                                                  is an active member of the North
contributed more than $700,000 to       Harvey C. Mills (BSF 1950)                                           Florida, Atlanta and Waycross
preserve the forests and open land   314 Etowah Valley Trace,                                                Bonsai Clubs.
around the city. Ross, 91, and       Woodstock, GA;


Elsie have two daughters, Nancy says he’s
Hathaway, a retired special educa-   “Never retiring. I have had three
tion teacher in Corvallis, and       vocations: Forestry, real estate,                                          William Paschal Brewer (BSF
Susan Rogers of Bellevue Wash., a    and horticulture and am also on                                         1960) 1067 Robert Hill Rd.,
schoolteacher who retires this       my 3rd wife, Carole (jackpot). I                                        Midway, GA 31320;
year. Among the treasures the        did not recognize any of my                                    retired in
Rosses helped preserve for           1950 forestry classmates on the                                         1995 as forest resources quality
Corvallis is Chip Ross Park, a       dance floor at the recent 1950                                          assurance supervisor with Her-
125-acre scenic park the Rosses      Class Reunion in Athens. Next                                           cules, Inc., Brunswick, GA. He
helped establish in honor of their   notice of my whereabouts will be                                        owns and operates Brewer’s
                                                                                                             Christmas Tree Farm in Liberty
                                                                                                             County and says to, “Stop by and
                                                                                                             visit awhile!”
  J   oe Hamilton (BSFR 1971, MS 1978) 7272 Hendersonville Hwy,
      Walterboro, SC 29488-7353 was honored at this year’s Southeast
  Deer Study Group meeting                                                                                      Joseph W. Bennett, Jr. (BSF
  for his extensive contribu-                                                                                1961) of Martinez, GA received
  tions to whitetailed deer                                                                                  the Georgia Forestry Association’s
  study and management. He                                                                                   Wise Owl Award, its highest
  was the first “non-academic”                                                                               honor, at the Annual GFA Meeting
  ever to receive the groups’                                                                                in Savannah in July.
  Deer Management Career
  Achievement Award.                                                                                             Glenn Parham (BSF 1962)
  Hamilton, a founder of the                                                                                 7042 Spencer Dr., Tallahassee, FL
  Quality Deer Management                                                                                    32312 is a retired forester, hay
  Association, is manager of                                                                                 producer and hobby sawmiller. He
                                                                                                             says, “Early retirement increases
                                                                         photo by courtesy of Joe Hamilton

  Ducks Unlimited’s Low-
  Country Initiative, a wet-                                                                                 lifespan as well as quality of life!”
  lands conservation effort in
  South Carolina. v                                                                                            Frank H. Smith, Jr. (BSF
                                                                                                             1966, MS 1970) 189 Trampus

                                            CLASS NOTES
Trail, Franklin, NC 28734;             program development coordinator         ‘82) for 5 years, and Trey Hargrove is retired from        for the central district, UGA Exten-    (BSFR ‘98) works for us.”
the Florida Game and Fresh             sion Service.
Water Fish Commission.                                                            Jennifer Coons Mastrovito
                                         Richard P. Ingram (BSFR               (BSFR 1986) 6 Oak Park Place,
   Robert A. Wright (BSF 1967,         1979), 137 Junaluska Dr.,               Savannah, GA 31405 is an accoun-
MFR 1971) 21 Wiley Bottom Rd.,         Woodstock, GA 30188 is a refuge         tant in the forest resources division
Savannah, GA 31411,                    supervisor with the U.S. Fish and       of International Paper, Co. She, is a resource        Wildlife Service. He returned to        recently passed the exam to be-
forester with International Paper      Georgia in 1998 after 10 years in       come a certified public accountant.
Co. A former Marine officer,           Mississippi, Florida and South
Wright worked for Union Camp for       Carolina. He has been with the
18 years prior to working for IP.      FWS for 18 years and currently                IN MEMORIAM
He and his wife, Carol, have a         works out of the Southeastern
daughter and two sons.                 Regional Office in Atlanta.
                                                                                Wendall Ralph Becton (BSF
   Lonnie Palmer (BSF 1966) 420           Frederick T. Stimpson, III            1928), died on March 10,
Laura Dr., Monroe, GA 30655 is         (BSFR 1974) 15 Hillwood Rd.              2000. Mr. Becton worked in
retired after 32 years as group        Mobile, AL 36608-2310 is presi-          several areas of forestry and
manager of the natural resource        dent of Gulf Lumber Co., Inc. and        upon retirement was Chief
engineer group, Internal Revenue       managing partner of Stimpson             Forester, U.S. Forces Com-
Service. “Enjoying four grandkids      Forest Products, LLC. He was             mand, Fort McPherson, GA.
(with two more on the way) and         named Timber Processing                  He was also retired from the
doing some consulting if not too far   magazine’s Man of the Year this          U.S. Army. His wife, Dorothy,
away from home.”                       year “for his genuine commitment         said “He greatly loved the
                                       to the bigger picture, as well as his    University of Georgia.”


              1970s                    effectiveness in leading his
                                       family’s Southern pine operations.”      Edgar Smith “Jack” Greer
   Hubert Bickley (BSFR 1972)          Fred and his wife, Alicia, have          (BSF 1949, MSF 1950) died
Rt. 2, Box 145-A, Talbotton, GA is     three daughters, Mary Alicia, 22,        on November 7, 1999.
president and CEO of Bickley           Ashley, 20, and Taylor, 11.
Outdoor Enterprises, Inc., a for-                                               Albert. H. “Buck” Hembree


estry consulting firm. He is listed                  1980s                      (BSF 1950) passed away.
in the nationwide register’s Who’s
Who in Executives and Businesses          Nelson Alexander Nixon                Samuel W. Thacker, (BSF
1998-2000.                             (BSFR 1982) 1213 Bon Air Dr.,            1949, MFR 1971), died on
                                       Augusta, GA 30907;                       August 30, 2000. Mr. Thacker
   Donald J. Morris (MFR 1974) is               retired in 1992 as assistant
123 Lamar Potts Rd., Newnan, GA        president of Nixon and Harris            professor of lands manage-
30263-4445 left his position as        Forestry Consultants, Inc. in            ment in the WSFR. He was a
Carroll County extension agent last    Augusta, GA. “Have been in               member of the National
spring when he was promoted to         business with Bill Harris (BSFR          Alumni Association. v

                                                     22   ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000
                                                 DEAN’S COLUMN
... Column continued from inside               teaching and service.                           cally for research, education and recre-
front cover.                                      The pursuit of good stewardship does         ation. One good example is the 60-acre
tivity through thinning, harvesting of         not always present obvious or easy              Oconee Forest Park, a 100-year-old forest
the most unproductive, and                     choices. In this light, the wording of Mr.      on the UGA campus in Athens. The Park’s
shelterwood harvests in the longleaf           Wheatley’s donation reveals an insight and      natural character and location adjacent to
stands to promote natural regeneration.        unselfishness born of wisdom. Who better        15-acre Lake Herrick make it an ideal
     Harvesting protects forests from          than the University of Georgias School of       outdoor laboratory for classes in dendrol-
accelerating pest problems (i.e. Southern      Forest Resources to ensure the greatest         ogy, basic ecology and aquatic biology.
pine beetles) and prevents natural mortal-     good for the greatest number of trees,          The Park receives more than 80,000
ity, an essential part of ecological           many of which were inevitably doomed            visitors a year.
sustainability. In addition,                                                                       Another example is the Georgia State
thinning and harvesting are an                                                                 Arboretum, located near I-85 in
integral part of the patterns of                                                               Braselton, Georgia, 30-minutes north of
life, death, and rebirth in a
                                       The pursuit of good steward-                            Atlanta. The 300-acre forest includes a
forest. Forest management on                                                                   collection of trees from around the world
this property is an reinvestment
                                       ship does not always present                            as well as examples of 90 percent of the
in new generations of trees and                                                                state’s native trees.
forest resource students.
                                       obvious or easy choices.                                    Another outstanding example is the
     Another high priority was                                                                 Dorothy Warnell Research, Education and
to create a diversity of age                                                                   Demonstration Forest in Effingham
classes and species to enhance instruction, by time and natural processes? If left, they       County, where we are building a Forest
research, and service opportunities as well would fall and enrich the soil of the              Resources Education Center. Located near
as improve habitat for wildlife. Addition-    Wheatley tract, but if managed, they could       Savannah, this facility will greatly enhance
ally, we have used different silvicultural    empower the ambition of a host of eager          education for both young people and
techniques, where appropriate, to support     students, and fund educational programs          adults on the wise use of the renewable
these programs, including demonstration       that benefit the entire state. The grand         forest resources in Georgia.
purposes.                                     pines are being used for a grand purpose             These and other properties managed by
     A third priority was to provide income   — to enhance the lives of Georgians and          the Warnell School of Forest Resources
to cover the operational costs of managing our future.                                         are for enriching the lives of Georgians.
the property and to support scholarships          The very ground of the Wheatley tract        They represent the outstanding diversity of
and graduate assistantships for future forest is forever. Mr. Wheatley’s unselfish gift        forest ecosystems and opportunities for
resource leaders. Our management costs        means it will be carefully managed for the       Georgians as well as our visitors.
include the protection of a bald eagle nest, future. Big longleaf pines will always be             Charles Wheatley’s gift is helping to
built in 1995 by a pair of eagles in one of   there. But so will clearcuts, shelterwood        create a legacy, one that will far outlast the
the thinned areas, ad valorem taxes to the    cuts, thinnings and regenerated stands that      life span of a pine tree. It is a legacy of
counties, and the support of other pro-       create diversity, wildlife openings and          education and enlightenment for many. I
grams within the School.                      diverse age and species classes. Wildlife        firmly believe that Mr. Wheatley would
     Mr. Wheatley put no restrictions on      will flourish, and quiet places will endure.     not only approve, but commend the
how the Warnell School managed his land,          For a public institution, part of practic-   School for our judicious management of
giving it for such purposes the School        ing good stewardship involves deciding           his generous gift and others. v
deems best. Thus, it fell to the School to    where and when to focus efforts to
determine the beneficiaries of the word       maximize benefits. In addition to the
“best” in a way consistent with our           Wheatley property, the Warnell School has
mission as an institution of research,        set aside several other properties specifi-
                                                                                                                    Non-Profit Org.
                                                                                                                     U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                    Permit No. 165
                                                                                                                    Athens, Georgia
 Warnell School of Forest Resources
         D.W. Brooks Drive
   Athens, Georgia 30602-2152


      Best of Show

        This graphite drawing of a hooded merganser by Devon Wilbanks, a junior from East Side High School in Covington,
      took top honors in the 2000 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Chosen from more than 500 entries, Wilbank’s
      drawing went on to finish in the top 10 in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest in Washington, D.C. The contest
      was sponsored by the Warnell School of Forest Resources and Five Points Deli of Athens.

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