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Request For RNR Alums

We have been asked to reach out to all RNR graduates requesting them to complete an employment survey by the Pinchot Institute.

The Pinchot Institute is conducting a survey of recent forestry and natural resources graduates and their employers to identify the skills and competencies most needed in our rapidly changing profession. The results will be compared to results from a similar 1999 survey summarized in the Journal of Forestry. The National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRFP) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) are both sponsoring this survey. Initial results will be presented at the upcoming North American Summit on Forest Science Education summit in early May.

To maximize input from our graduates, please complete the brief online survey that you will find by clicking on the link below. Please respond to this survey no later than Monday, April 14, 2014.


Students Spend Spring Break
Restoring Wetlands

Nyman's Class does Service LearningFor the sixth consecutive spring break, Andy Nyman, professor of wetland wildlife management (LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources) and his service-learning students plan to spend Spring Break differently from those students flooding the beaches of Florida. (Photo courtesy of Paul Babineaux)

Nyman’s team will be traveling to the Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Mississippi River to conduct wetland restoration projects.

Nyman began going on this Spring Break trip in 2009, when he and eight University students headed down the Mississippi River to plant Black Mangroves in hopes of holding nutrients in the vegetation that is abandoning, or backing up, along the bottom of the river.


Congratulations to Xi Sigma Pi Initiates

Spring 2014 Xi Sigma Pi Initiates

On March 28, 2014, four undergraduates were initiated (left to right): Raymond Andrews, Anna Claire Ferchaud, Emily Sloane, and Christian Rossi. On April 2nd, Dr. Emile Gardiner, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, presented the Annual Xi Sigma Pie Apple Pie seminar; the title of his presentation was Outlook for forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Other photos from initiation and the Annual Xi Sigma Pie Apple Pie seminar are available on our Gallery page.

Kasie Dugas was the 2014 winner of the $1000 Xi Sigma Pi Scholarship Award. She represented LSU to compete against applicants from seven other universities in the West Central region. Congratulations, Kasie! LSU has been doing very well in receiving this prestigious award, winning six times in the last twelve years. Recent winners are: 2002: Benjamin Hogue; 2004: Angela Secott; 2006: Matthew Reed; 2009: Ian Stone; 2010: Lauren Smith; 2014: Kasie Dugas;

Xi Sigma Pi, forestry honor society, was founded at the University of Washington on November 24, 1908. The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, to work for the improvement of the forestry profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Currently, Xi Sigma Pi has expanded its objectives to include honoring the academic achievements of students in fisheries, environmental, and wildlife sciences.

-- Quick News --

  • Forestry Students competed in the 57th annual Southern Forestry Schools Conclave at Virginia Tech. Conclave was held on 13-15 March. The students made a good showing, and had a great time. Details and a photo can be seen on our Student News page.
  • Registrations forms are available for download for the Prescribed Burning - Burner Certification Workshop. See the Extension Workshops page for download and complete details. The early deadline is approaching.
  • 1st Quarter 2014 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page
  • Photos from the RNR Fall 2013 Graduation and Graduation Reception are now posted on the Photo Gallary page. Thanks to Dr. deHoop for the images.
  • The 2013 TAMU Vice Chancellor’s Public Service in Forestry Award is presented to Lee McNeely, (RNR BSF, 1980) by Texas A&M Forest Service. The details are on our Alumni News page. Congratulations to Lee.
  • LSU Adjunct Professor and Alumnus Dr. Chung-yun Hse (MS Forestry, 1963) has received the International Science an Technology Cooperation Award in China. The details are on our Alumni News page. Congratulations to Dr. Hse.
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a new way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They now have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!
  • What's new in the School of School of Renewable Natural Resources? Want to learn more about our Program? Check out the "Message from the Director"
  • Arborist Workshops 2014: The new additions to the early 2014 schedule are posted and registrations are open. For more information, see our Workshops page.
  • Attention, Forestry Majors: SAF has released a new "Guide to Forestry and Natural Resources Programs" that is designed to help those interested in a forestry career learn about SAF-accredited forestry programs and assist them in choosing the right one. Get the link to the guide on our Student News page.

Christina Hendricks Supports Sustainable Forestry

The Montréal Process Working Group was formed in 1994 as anintergovernmental response to the pressing need for sustainable forest management. Through the Montréal Process, member countries continue to make a voluntary commitment to work alongside each other to further the sustainable management of their forests and to create a pathway for collaboration and capacity building. For more information: www.montrealprocess.org

See the 60-second video sponsored by the USDA Forest Service.

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revised: 12-Apr-2014 14:52