Volume 27, Number 2 Fall/Winter 2000 UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES Bald eagles Georgia’s are 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 G 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 WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES On the Cover v pg. 11 Faculty Profile: Ron Hendrick The clear, clean water rushing through Amicolola Falls in North v 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 v pg. 14 I.P.’s O’Brien: Editor Helen Fosgate Expect more buy-outs, mergers Alumni & Development pg. 20 v 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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. Biological 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. UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 5 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 WATER ISSUES 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 Protection • 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. pollution 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 sources 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. v UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 6 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 WATER RESEARCH WSFR researchers are... 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 7 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 NEWS 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. v 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 8 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 FOR THE RECORD 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. email@example.com) UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 9 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 NEWS GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS • 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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 ... UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 11 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 RESEARCH Made in the Shade SHADE, BUT NOT SUN-GROWN COFFEE, SUPPORTS SPECIES DIVERSITY IN TROPICAL FORESTS A new study by University of Georgia wildlife researchers suggests that the shift from small, Smithsonian 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.” UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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... UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 13 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 NEWS 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 14 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 STUDENT NEWS UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS AND HONORS • OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN FORESTRY -- FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVE- Landreth, Kate Mowbray, Joshua Price, 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 PRE-PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS Resources, Gamma -- Stephanie Pratt, Erin Kallman • YANCEY SCHOLARSHIP - Sigma Delta - Jeremy Shaw Outstanding Senior, • WILLIAM TYLER RAY and received the SCHOLARHIP -- Scott Gregor • BEN MEADOWS SCHOLAR- Forestry Faculty SHIP -- Michael Threadgill Award at the Spring • JUDITH FITZGERALD BROOKS 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- GEORGIA FORESTRY FOUNDATION • BLUE KEY HONOR SOCIETY -- Chase FESSIONAL SHOLARSHIP -- Luke Sasser FELLOWSHIP -- Mark Hayes Cook, Rose Leathers • VIRON G. SPRATLIN MEMORIAL SCHOL- • GEORGIA DIVISION, SOCIETY OF • GAMMA SIGMA DELTA OUTSTANDING ARSHIP -- Gabel Holder, Kristen Owens AMERICAN FORESTERS SCHOLARSHIP -- SENIOR SOPHOMORE -- Bethany Yash Thomas Holbrook • RAYONIER INCORPORATED FOUNDATION • WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN COLLEGES SCHOLARSHIP -- Gorden Scott Jackson • EARL JENKINS/GLADYS BEACH AND UNIVERSITIES -- Kevin Peyton 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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- UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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. UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 17 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 ream 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 18 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 ALUMNI NEWS WSFR Student Ambassadors 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. firstname.lastname@example.org UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES v 20 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 CLASS NOTES v v 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 v v 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; 1960s v v Elsie have two daughters, Nancy email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 v UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 21 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION•FALL/WINTER 2000 CLASS NOTES Trail, Franklin, NC 28734; program development coordinator ‘82) for 5 years, and Trey Hargrove email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.” v v 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 v v 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) email@example.com 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 UGA•DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES 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 PAID Permit No. 165 Athens, Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources D.W. Brooks Drive Athens, Georgia 30602-2152 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED 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.