Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Hall of Fame, a function of the Florida Division, Southeastern Society of American Foresters, is to honor foresters who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the forestry profession.

Supervision and election of nominees to the Hall of Fame is the responsibility of the Florida Foresters Hall of Fame Committee as provided in the bylaws of the Florida Division. The Committee shall consist of five members with staggered terms of five years each. The senior member, (5th year term) chairs the Committee.

Any member, or past member, living or deceased, of the Florida Division, Southeastern Society of American Foresters who, in the opinion of the nominators, has made outstanding contributions to the profession can be nominated. The nominee must be, or have been, a resident of the State of Florida.

A dated, formal nomination stating the nominee’s current address and telephone number must be presented to the Chair, Florida Foresters Hall of Fame Committee for consideration by the Committee. Nominations may be submitted any time. If a nomination is not received in time to meet the current year's timeline, the nomination will be held for consideration in the following year. The nomination must be signed by the principal nominator and include address and telephone number. An additional minimum of four supporting signatures must follow that of the principal nominator. All signers must be currently active members of the Florida Division, Southeastern Society of American Foresters.

A professional biography must accompany the nomination. It should not to exceed 1500 words, but should include degree titles and dates as well as birth year and if appropriate death year. The biography should emphasized professional accomplishments and contributions including service to the Society of American Foresters and any SAF awards received.

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Harry Lee Baker

Born February 24, 1888
B.S. Forestry. Michigan State University. 1910

Leader with USDA Forest Service before serving the Virginia Forest Service; rejoined the Forest Service in 1926 to do study of forest situation in Florida. Authored Forest Fires in Florida. Results of both influenced state to pass bill establishing State Board of Forestry which created Florida Forest Service; named first State Forester to head new agency. Established forest fire control program and state nursery to promote tree planting. Affected policy on forest conservation laws, parks, and conservation education. Assisted CCC in developing state parks, fire tower network, telephone lines. First state forest, Pine Log, purchased in 1936.

Founding Member Southeastern Section Society of American Foresters
Southeastern SAF Section Chairman. 1931
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

John M. Bethea

Born November 14, 1919
Died September 22, 2009
B.S. Forestry. University of Florida. 1941

Career employee of the Florida Forest Service/Division of Forestry; provided distinguished leadership as State Forester for 17 years. Served as President of the National Association of State Foresters. Assisted the state by service on the Florida Conservation and Recreation Lands Selection Committee. Providing leadership to the National Wildfire Coordinating group and other tasks led to the Golden Smoky Award. Earned Mr. Tree-Riffic Award from the Florida Forestry Association and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation. In 2001 the State of Florida named the John M. Bethea State Forest in his honor.

Florida Section Society of American Foresters Chairman. 1968
Fellow SAF. 1979
SAF National Convention General Chairman. 1981
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Austin Cary

1865 -1936
B. A. Bowdoin College. 1887
Apprenticeship: Dr. Bernard Fernow
Additional Study: Johns Hopkins and Princeton
D.Sc. (Honorary) Bowdoin College. 1922

Influenced forest policy and practice through work with federal and state governments. First forester to work for a forest products industry. Lecturer at Bowdoin College, Yale and Harvard. Advisor to new School at the University of Florida. Author in Journal of Forestry and the Manual of Northern Woodsman, reprinted six times. Logging Engineer, USDA Forest Service, influenced the practical side of forestry in the lake states, Pacific Coast and inland forests; concluded career in the South, stationed in Florida; advocated managing forests as a crop with use of prescribed fire. Consultant after retirement.

Fellow Society of American Foresters
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Clinton Huxley Coulter

B.S. Forestry. University of Michigan. 1929

Career employee of the Florida Forest Service ascending to State Forester in 1945. Implemented the County Forest Fire Control Law that authorized counties to cost share fire protection with the state. Extended fire protection to all 67 counties. Added nurseries to provide seedling to assure raw material for emerging pulp and paper industry. Expanded management of state lands and the woodland management assistance program. With Governor Leroy Collins planted one-billionth nursery-produced seedling on Capitol lawn and saw the two billionth seedling planted during year of retirement in 1969.

Society of American Foresters Member since 1931
SAF Fellow. 1957
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

John L. Gray

John L. GrayJuly 4, 1920 - May 25, 2007
Born in Falls Church, Virginia
B.S. Forestry. Pennsylvania State University. 1941
M. Forestry. Yale University. 1942
Doctor of Forestry. Duke University. 1969

Began career with Crossett Timber Company in Arkansas. As N.C. State University Extension Service Program Leader for Forestry, provided visionary and enthusiastic leadership. Became Director of the School of Forestry at the University of Florida in 1963. Led change to an integrated forestry curriculum and growth in forest biology research and discipline diversity. Started annual Symposium for Florida SAF. Effected significant industry support for research and attracted a new building to house programs. Served nationally as President of the land grant association for forestry schools. In 1976, joined the USDA Forest Service policy staff and then became Director of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies.

Society of American Foresters Council. 1980-81
SAF Fellow. 1983
SAF Golden Member. 1993
Arkansas SAF Hall of Fame. 1994
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Lewis R. Grosenbaugh

November 4, 1913 - April 22, 2003
Born East Orange, New Jersey
B.A. History. Dartmouth University 1934
M. Forestry. Yale University. 1936
D.Sc. (Honorary). University of Florida. 1986

Served USDA Forest Service on national forests. Identified need for highly efficient forest inventory techniques. Served in World War II. Returned to Forest Service on Supervisors staff, National Forests in Florida. Genius in mensuration recognized and transferred to the Southern Forest Experiment Station, ascended to Division Chief, Forest Management Research. Scientific abilities as a mathematician recognized; named head of the first Pioneering Research Unit, UC, Berkeley. Remained Chief Mensurationist until retirement. Became Adjunct Faculty at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF. Sampling and measurement advancements-Bitterlich’s Angle Count Sampling, 3P(Probability Proportional to Prediction), and SP-STX Dendrometry-methods are universally applied.

Society of American Foresters Fellow. 1960
SAF Barrington Moore Award. 1965
SAF Golden Member. 1986
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Sherwood J. Hall

B.S. Forestry. New York State University, Syracuse. 1920

Entered profession as a consultant for James D. Lacey Company directing assignments national-wide. Opened first Florida consultant’s office in Jacksonville, 1927. In 1931, formed Forest Managers Inc., managed forests, advised individuals and supervised crops of turpentine trees. Aided client J. C. Penny in sculpting barren land into a forested home for a retirement center. Published widely in journals advocating reforestation, investing in forestry, and chronicling the permanent forest industry developing in the South. Played major role in development of industrial forestry in the South. In 1948, moved to Pacific Northwest and used 27,000-acre cut over redwood tract to demonstrate sustained yield forestry and conservation. At his death, the Forest Economics Foundation was created to advance forestry among students and sponsor S. J. Hall Lectureship in Industrial Forestry and S. J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics in the University of California, Berkeley.

Society of American Foresters Southeastern Section Chair. 1932
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Verne Lester Harper

B.S. & M.S. Forestry. University of California, Berkeley. 1926, 1927
PhD. Forest Economics. Duke University. 1943
D.Sc. (Honorary). N.C. State University. 1967

Dr. Harper joined the USDA to form a first field research unit in Starke, Florida. He developed the Olustee Experimental Forest and Research Laboratory; organized research on all aspects relating to naval stores including silviculture and the use of prescribed fire. He became Director of the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station and later Deputy Chief for Research. He was an innovator in national research planning and management, establishing research project autonomy, multi-disciplinary research and collaborative research with universities. He became Professor of Forest Policy, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida where he advocated an integrated forestry curriculum. First recipient of the B.E. Fernow award for service to world forestry, American and German Forestry Associations.

Fellow, Society of American Foresters. 1959
SAF Golden Member. 1985
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Harold S. Newins

B.A. Philosophy. Lafayette College. 1909
M. Forestry. Yale University. 1911

Gained early experience with the USDA Forest Service and teaching at Oregon State College. U.S. Army aircraft inspector during World War I. Directed kiln operations for Culter Desk Company, served as State Forester for West Virginia and Inspector of ECW Camps in Michigan. Taught forestry at Pennsylvania State, and Michigan State Universities before joining the University of Florida in 1935 to become a one-person forestry program. Built the program to a School of Forestry by 1937. Procured comprehensive faculty, acquired land for Austin Cary Memorial Forest, won a WPA project to obtain forest buildings to support instruction; obtained SAF accreditation in 1943. Taught wood technology, organized collaborative research with wood preservatives industry and installed long-term durability tests on Austin Cary Memorial Forest. Statewide advocate for forestry.

Society of American Foresters Southeastern Section Chair. 1936
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Roland Joseph Riebold

B.S. Forestry. Pennsylvania State Forestry School, Mount Alto. 1927

Career professional, USDA Forest Service. Began with North Carolina national forests, provided leadership on several others, with interruption for World War II, Captain, U.S. Marine Corp. In 1957, became Supervisor, National Forests in Florida. Advocated prescribed burning, greatly increased the acreage burned on national forests for wildlife habitat improvement and wildfire prevention. Early advocate and practitioner of even-aged management for fast reforestation on cut over, under stocked stands, placing Florida forests ahead of reforestation schedules. Designed nation’s first recreation area for physically disadvantaged. Dedicated with Florida governor and David and Julie Eisenhower at ceremony. Longtime member and advocate of the Society of American Foresters.

Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Donald Day Stevenson

B.A. History. Yale University
B. Divinity. McCormick Seminary
M. Forestry. Yale University. 1936

Learned the need for woodlands in China while serving as a missionary. Earned masters degree in forestry and returned to teach forestry at Lingnan University, China until war forced him to leave. Became a professor at Pennsylvania State University and co-authored a book on forest management. Did relief work for Quakers during war while on leave and later worked for the U.S. government establishing tree plantations in Central America for obtaining quinine to treat malaria. Joined forest industry as forester with Champion Paper and Fiber Co. and then became Chief Forester, for Buckeye Cellulose Corp. of Proctor and Gamble. Built highly regarded programs in forest management, forest science and mill operations.

Society of American Foresters Southeastern Section Chair. 1960
SAF Golden Member. 1965
SAF Fellow. 1967
SAF Council Member. 1964-67
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2003

Eley C. Frazer, III

1926 - 2018
B.S.F. University of  Florida. 1950

While still an undergraduate, he owned and operated a logging business which he continued for four years after graduation.  From 1954-57 he served as manager of the Blackwater River State Forest.  Then he began a five year period as an Assistant Unit Forester for the Georgia lands of St. Joe Paper Company.  In 1962 Frazer co-founded and became Operating Partner of F & W Forestry Services, becoming President in 1967 and Chairman of the Board in 1988.  Today, F & W operates 15 offices in nine southern states. He has served as a major officer in numerous professional and business organizations, testified in forestry issues before Congressional Committees, and became a expert in rural real estate and forest appraisal. Association of Consulting Foresters' Distinguished Forester; Forest Farmer of the Year; Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

SAF Fellow. 1979
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2004

John Clayton Gifford

B.S. Botany. Swarthmore College. 1890
Advanced study at U of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Tulane in botany, pathological histology, bacteriology, and medical science
PhD. Forestry. University of Munich. 1899

Dr. Gifford was appointed Professor of Forestry at the Cornell University Forestry School under Dean Fernow. In 1902 Dr. Gifford authored PRACTICAL FORESTRY, and was editor of "Forester". During this period he also served as a special agent to the Bureau of Forestry, USDI and served throughout the Caribbean. He moved to Miami in 1903 and became the first SAF member -- until 1916 the only member -- in Florida. He was a consultant on land use and landscaping and a prolific writer of books and articles on tropical forestry and horticulture. At his death he was serving as Professor of Tropical Forestry at the University of Miami.

Fellow, Society of American Foresters. 1942
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2004

K. Robert Swinford

B.S.F. Purdue University. 1937
M.S. University of Florida. 1948
PhD. University of Michigan. 1960

Dr. Swinford was one of the pioneering forestry faculty members at the University of Florida in 1937. Just before WWII he served as Alachua County Extension Forester. During WWII he served in the Philippine Theater, and continued until 1960 in the USAR, retiring as a full Colonel. After WWII he returned to the University of Florida and began a long career as Professor at the School of Forestry. During this period he was National President of Xi Sigma Pi, charter member of Florida Registration Board of Directors, speaker at major forestry symposia in the South, graduate of the Army's General Staff College, and a much respected and beloved instructor by generations of students. In 1976, after his retirement from the school, he worked 14 years as a consulting forester.

Fellow, Society of American Foresters. 1984
SAF Golden Member
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2004

Ruthford Henry Westveld

B.S. Forestry. Michigan State. 1922
M.F. Forestry. Yale University. 1925
PhD. Soils. Michigan State. 1946

After working for the USFS in New Mexico and Oregon and then at Michigan State and Missouri, Dr. Westveld joined the faculty of the School of Forestry at the University of Florida in 1938 as Professor of Silviculture. He did pioneering work on the nutritional requirements of southern pines and wrote two widely used texts, APPLIED SILVICULTURE and FORESTRY IN FARM MANAGEMENT. He served as Director of the Forestry School at Missouri from 1947-1965. He chaired the Council of Forestry School Executives and was Program Chair for the 1941 SAF National Meeting held in Florida. He was the creative and persistent force behind the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962 that changed the face of forestry research by providing a continuing source of funding for forestry research.

Fellow, Society of American Foresters 1963
SAF Council Member 1952-1955
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2004

Edwin Allen Ziegler

B.S. and M.S. Mathematics, Economics and Public Service, Franklin and Marshall College. 1902 and 1913
Honorary ScD. Franklin and Marshall College. 1923
Economics course, Columbia University. 1923
German and Swiss field course. 1924

Dr. Ziegler began his professional forestry career with the federal forest service in 1903. In 1910 he began serving first as Professor, then Director of the Penn State Forest School. He then spent a year as Senior Forest Economist of the USDA’s Southern Forest Exp. Station, followed by five years as Senior Research Forester for the state of Pennsylvania. In 1937 he was appointed Professor of Forest Economics and Management, UF School of Forestry, where he served until 1951. During WWI and until 1940 he served as reserve artillery officer, rising to rank of Colonel. He also served 15 years as a consultant for American Creosote and during WWII he was Chief of Lumber Distribution, War Production Board in Washington, DC.

Fellow, Society of American Foresters. 1950
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
University of Florida’s Newins-Ziegler Hall is co-dedicated in his honor.
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in 2004

Harold K. Mikell

July 25, 1926 -September 15, 2018
B.S. Forestry. University of Florida, 1950

Following two years of duty in WW II and his graduation from U.F.'s Forestry school, Harold Mikell began a 41 year career with the Florida Forest Service (later the Florida Division of Forestry). He held a long list of positions with the agency, eventually working his way up to State Forester. As State Forester, he developed a model system of fire protection organizations for Florida's rural areas. In 1990, he received the National Bronze Smokey Bear Award. After retirement, he embarked on a second career of 17 years as a Congressional liaison for the agricultural industry, environmental groups, and related federal agencies. Mr. Mikell, along with his wife Juanita, was one of the driving forces in rebuilding the Austin Cary Memorial Forest's Learning Center. He received the U.F. School of Forest Resources and Conservation Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995, along with its Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since 1950
Florida SAF Section Chair, 1974/75
Florida SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award, 1992
Florida Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award, 2012
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in August 27, 2015

Wayne H. Smith

1938 -
B.S.A. University of Florida, 1962
M.S. Mississippi State University, 1962
Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 1965

Dr. Smith began as Assistant Professor, UF School of Forestry, and became recognized for academic scholarship in forest soils/nutrition, biogeochemical cycling, and biomass energy/waste utilization. He co-founded the UF Cooperative Research in Forest Fertilization Program (CRIFF) leading to operational fertilization in southern pine forests, and the Intensive Management Practices Center (IMPAC) to assess impacts of forest management on resource values in a watershed. Smith directed three IFAS interdisciplinary centers, was an author of 149 papers, edited seven books, and was Editor of Biomass. He was Director, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, (1995- 2003) and then Professor/Director Emeritus. He earned the UF Distinguished Service, UF/CALS Alumnus of Distinction, MSU Alumni Fellow and FFA Lifetime Achievement awards.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) Florida Division Chair, 2003
FL SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award, 2002
Southeastern SAF (SESAF), Chair 2007
SESAF Practice of Forestry Award, 1998
SAF Fellow, 2006
National SAF Convention Program Tri-chair, 2009
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in August 27, 2015

John T. (Jack) Vogel

BSF University of Florida, 1969

Jack began with the Division of Forestry in 1971, developing a pilot urban forestry program for Miami-Dade County. He joined the Florida Forestry Association (FFA) in 1972 before founding Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc. (NRPS) in 1974 with partner Tom Mastin. NRPS expanded to four offices providing forest inventory, silviculture, urban forestry, wildlife management, appraisal, and real estate services to clients across the Southeast. Jack received UF's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and the College of Agriculture and Life Science Alumni and Friends Award of Distinction in 2010. He twice served FFA as President, participated on the Board of Directors, chaired the Public Lands and Governmental Relations Committees, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Jack served as President of the 4-H Foundation and on numerous governmental and non-profit boards.

Florida Division SAF Chair, 1982
FL SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award, 1985
SAF President's Award for Outstanding Field Forester, 2004
SAF Convention Program Tri-Chair and Moderator, 2009
SAF Fellow, 2012
Inducted to the Florida SAF Hall of Fame in August 27, 2015

Charles Maynard

1943 - 

B.S. Forestry, University of Georgia, 1965

Charles began his career in 1965 with the Kentucky Division of Forestry as a Service Forester and then a District Forester in Bell County, Kentucky. In 1970 he moved to Florida and started with the Florida Division of Forestry as a Fire Management Specialist. Charles worked his way through the agency as a Regional Forester, Assistant Chief for the Forest Protection Bureau and 8 years as the Forest Management Chief during a time of rapid expansion of the State Forest system in Florida. Charles completed his career as the Chief of Forest Resource Planning and Support in 2005. After his retirement, Charles with support from his wife Beckie, became very active in outdoor youth education at the Bear Creek Education Center on Lake Talquin State Forest. Charles's volunteer service to educating our youths about forestry and the outdoors was a key to the success of the Bear Creek Education Center.

Florida Division SAF Chair, 1992;
Florida SAF C. Huxley Coulter Award, 1996;
Southeastern SAF Chair 2004;
SAF Fellow, 2007;
SAF Florida Big Bend Chapter Chair, 2007;
SAF Golden Member, 2015

Timothy L. White


B.S. Oregon State University 1973
M.S. North Carolina State University 1975
Ph. D. University of California, Berkeley

Dr. White’s career began as a Research Forester and then Manager of the Western Region Research and Technical Services for International Paper Company. He joined the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in 1985 in a research and instruction faculty position. From 1985-2003, he served as Director of the Cooperative Forest Genetics Research Program, a program from which essentially all nursery-produced slash pine seedlings in the Southeast U.S. are derived. He was the founding Director of the Forest Biology Research Cooperative (1995-2003). He held significant leadership roles in the National Association of Universities with Forest Resource Programs, culminating in President (2010-2011), and he served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Forestry Association (2003-2016). He was a prolific author on a variety of aspects of tree genetics, including two books, seven book chapters, 95 refereed journal publications, 83 non-refereed publications, and 86 international consultancy reports. Over his academic career, he was mentor to 52 graduate students. He was Director of the SFRC (2003-2016) and then Professor/Director Emeritus.

SAF Stephen H. Spurr Award, 2002
SAF, Accreditation Review of Forestry, U Tennessee, Chair 2006
SUNY, Chair, 2014

Mark M. Milligan

1964 –

B. S. Forest Management, Louisiana State University, 1987

Mark founded ForesTech Consulting, Inc. in 1998 and serves as President of the company, now doing business as F4 Tech. Mark’s vision of leveraging technology to better solve forestry business problems developed while working as the State Lands Management Coordinator at the Florida Division of Forestry. Under Mark’s leadership, F4 Tech focused on providing foresters and technicians with field tested, user friendly technology that did not involve extensive knowledge of how the hardware or software worked. The company’s handheld data recorder with GPS capabilities added efficiencies to field data collections and transfer. Mark’s vision for F4 Tech later expanded to include turnkey natural resource solutions including data collection, mapping, data driven decision-making, long term resource planning, and analytical services. Mark’s leadership in this realm has had a positive impact on millions of acres of private and public lands. Mark’s career has included securing several U.S. patents, highlighting his achievements in advancing technology. He has served the forestry profession as Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters and Executive Committee of the Florida Forestry Association.

Member of the Society of American Foresters since 1996
Florida Division SAF Young Forester Award, 1997
Florida Division SAF Secretary/Treasurer, 1997
Florida Division SAF Chair, 2007
Florida Division SAF Big Bend Chapter Chair, 2004, 2016

Inman F. (Cap) Eldredge


B.S. Forestry, Biltmore Forest School, 1905

"Cap" Eldredge began his career with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1905 and was appointed Supervisor of the newly created Choctawhatchee and Ocala national forests in Florida in 1909, which he organized and managed for eight years. He developed new methods of conservative turpentining, which were widely applied throughout the naval stores region. He was commissioned and served as captain in the 10th Engineers (forestry) in southern France during World War I. After the war, he returned to the USFS and served as Chief of the Division of Timber Management in the Eastern region, and subsequently became Forest Inspector of Management and Timber Sales on all national forests under Chief Forester W. B. Greeley. He interrupted his USFS career in 1926 to accept industrial employment as Manager of the Suwanee Forest in southeastern Georgia (Superior Pine Products Company). Six years later, he returned to the USFS as Regional Director of the Forest Survey of the South, at the Southern Forest Experiment Station in New Orleans; a position he held until his retirement in 1944.

Society of American Foresters (SAF) Southeastern Section Chair, 1930;
SAF Fellow, 1942;
SAF Council Member 1940-1943;
SAF Gifford Pinchot Medal for Distinguished Service to Forestry, 1956

Loukas G. Arvanitis


B.Sc. Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1953
Ph. D. University of California, Berkeley, 1966

Dr. Arvanitis was an accomplished educator, innovator, and leader. His educational career included serving as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Forestry at the University of Thessaloniki, Director General of Higher Education for Greece, and Professor of Biometrics at the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC). At SFRC, he taught Natural Resource Sampling, GIS in Natural Resources, and Forest Resource Information Systems and was well known for his graduate student mentoring both in SFRC and in many other UF departments. He served as Acting Chair of the UF Department of Forestry (1984-1986) and as Acting Director of SFRC (1992-1995). He was a pioneer in the use of the desk top computer for computer simulations in forest resources and the use of satellite imagery and other remote sensing systems for forest resource decision-making. He was able to apply advanced statistics, computer science, and remote sensing to solve real world problems, working with such organizations as NASA, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, USFS, Florida Forest Service, water management districts, and Florida counties. He was the leader of three sections of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations: Forest Statistics, Forest Resources Inventory, and Mensuration Growth and Yield. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2003.

Member of the Society of American Foresters for 30 years

Eric J. Jokela


B.S. Forest Resources and Development, University of Minnesota, 1975
M.S. Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1978
Ph.D. Silviculture and Forest Soils, State University of New York, 1984

Dr. Jokela joined the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation as Assistant Professor in 1984, teaching and conducting research in silviculture, forest nutrition and production ecology until retiring as Professor in 2018. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2018. He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses and received UF/SFRC Teacher of the Year awards seven times. Leading two major research cooperatives, he directed the Cooperative Research in Forest Fertilization program when he first arrived in Florida and later served as a founding Co-Director of the Forest Biology Research Cooperative. These two cooperatives established scores of long-term research installations from Texas to Virginia, producing scientific insight that has had a profound impact on the productivity, health, and sustainability of managed pine forests in the southeastern United States. Internationally recognized for his research, Dr. Jokela published over 85 peer-reviewed papers, eight book chapters, three edited books/volumes, many technical reports, and is among the most widely cited silviculturists in North America. He served on the editorial boards of several leading international forestry journals and was the founding Editor-In-Chief of the open access journal Forests.

FL SAF Division Chair, 2005
FL SAF Outstanding Leadership Award, 2006
FL SAF Stephen Spurr Research Award, 2006
SESAF Award of Excellence in Research and Development, 2008
SAF Fellow, 2011
SESAF Chair, 2013 
SESAF Outstanding Leadership Award, 2014
SAF Barrington Moore Award for Biological Research, 2015
SAF Forest Science and Technology Board, 2017-2020

Alan J. Long

1944 - 

B.S. University of California, Berkeley, 1967
M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 1972
Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1973
Phi Beta Kappa, Xi Sigma Pi

Dr. Long's career began as a Research Field Station Manager and Scientist for the Weyerhaeuser Company in Washington, Oregon, and Indonesia. He joined University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) in 1986, teaching forest operations and wood utilization, fire ecology and management, and dendrology, and wood utilization. He also served as faculty chair for the Austin Cary Forest for 16 years. He was awarded Teacher of the Year by SFRC in 1999, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and by the College of Agriculture in 1992 and 2004. He also served As an extension specialist, he provided technical publications, landowner workshops and continuing education in forest stewardship and wildland fire. His honors include the Herbert Stoddard, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Fire Ecology in 2008 and the Teaching Fellow Award by the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture in 2009. In 2009, Dr. Long became Administrative Director & Principal Investigator for the Southern Fire Exchange. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2010.

Chairman, Suwannee Chapter, 1989
Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Division, 1991, 1993
Chair, Florida Division, 1999
C. Hux Coulter Award, Florida Division, 2001
SAF Fellow, 2004
SESAF Public Education & Technology Transfer Award, 2006
Chair, SAF/SFRC Spring Symposium, 14 years
Continuing Education Coordinator, Florida, 1995 ‐ 2010

David S. Lewis

1956 –

B.S. University of Florida, 1979

After graduation from the University of Florida, Dave worked 10 years as a procurement forester for two different timber companies. In 1989, he entered the forestry consulting business as an employee for, and later a partner in, Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc., a full-service regional consulting firm. Since that time, he has become Vice-President of the firm and manages their branch office in Monticello, Florida. He has worked with hundreds of landowners since that time and manages each tract as if it were his own, striving to meet the landowner’s goals while promoting sound forestry and stewardship practices. Lewis is an SAF Certified Forester, as well as a Registered Forester in Georgia. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters and has served as Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Florida Chapter of ACF. He is a member of both the Florida and Georgia Forestry Associations, and is a recipient of the North Florida Prescribed Fire Council’s Chair Award.

Member of the Society of American Foresters since 1980
Florida Division Chair, 1996
Florida Division C. Huxley Coulter Award, 1997
Southeastern SAF Treasurer, 1998
Southeastern SAF Chairman, 2001
SAF Fellow, 2006
Southeastern SAF General Practice of Forestry Award, 2008
SAF Council (Board of Directors), 2012-2014
SAF President, 2018

James R. "Jim" Karels

1961 – 

B. S. Forest Management, University of Minnesota, 1984

After working part-time positions with the U. S. Forest Service while in college, Jim began his career with the Florida Forest Service as a Forest Ranger in 1985. Thereafter, he served as Senior Forester, Forest Protection Bureau Chief, and ultimately was appointed Director of the Florida Forest Service (State Forester) in May, 2008. During his time as Director, he has served as President of the National Association of State Foresters (2015), member of their Wildland Fire Leadership Council, Chair of the Southern Group of State Foresters, and a member of the state’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. He also served on a variety of national boards and associations dealing with wildland fire suppression and forest land management. In 2013, Jim was called on by the state of Arizona to lead the review of the Yarnell Hill Fire which took the lives of 19 wildland firefighters. Jim was recognized by the National Association of State Foresters and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, receiving the 2019 Jeff Jahnke Current Achievement Award for Leadership and NWCG Paul Gleason Lead by Example Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim has been a member of the Society of American Foresters for 13 years. During that time, he has supported employees who wished to be active in SAF and has been an invited speaker at SAF meetings at the state, regional, and national level.

SESAF Award of Excellence to General Forestry, 2015