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Spring 2015 Graduation Class

Images from the Graduation Reception and the 2015 Graduating Class of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources are available on our Gallery page.

RNR Alum Receives Award as
"Extension Forester of the Year"

Ricky Kilpatrick

Congratulations to RNR alum Ricky Kilpatrick (BSF ’83) for being named the Forest Landowners Association’s Extension Forester of the Year!

Ricky Kilpatrick is the Extension Area Forester and Parish Chair in Bossier Parish located in Northwest Louisiana. Ricky has been with the AgCenter and LSU, 30 years this May.

Ricky has been the recipient of over a half dozen awards (listed below) and has been recognized nationally in forestry publications and Newsweek magazine for his work with Project Learning Tree, in which he has taken a strong leadership role in Louisiana. In the past three years PLT workshops have been conducted at 8 separate Universities in Louisiana. Over that time, 1,028 educators have been trained in workshops throughout the state by volunteer facilitators. Workshops are conducted for education majors, usually during their science methods courses.

He also helps direct the “Louisiana Forestry Teachers Tour”, which trains teachers who in turn will pass on sound forest management principles to thousands of students in future years. His wife of 22 years, Cindy, is also an integral part of the both PLT and the teachers tour.

He still finds time to raise four children and play guitar with his band on the weekends.

Ricky’s Awards:
  • International Paper Foundation National 4-H Forestry Award 1987
  • LCAAA Team Award for Bienville Parish Tree Planting Project 1991
  • Bodcau Soil & Water Conservation District Award 1995
  • LCES Program Excellence Award 1996
  • LCES Web Incentive Award for Forestry Programming 2001
  • LASAF Sparkplug Award 2002
  • National Project Learning Tree Gold Star Award 2007
  • Denver and Fern Loupe, Extension Team Award for Extension Service 2014

LA Black Bear Removed from Endangered Species List

The bear recovery happened in part through moving some surviving bears around to improve the dwindling genetic stock. But the key to the project was allowing big patches of contiguous farm and timber land to return to a natural state along the lower Mississippi and Atchafalaya Basin – to, in effect, rebuild the bear's natural range.

According to US Fish and Wildlife field coordinator Debbie Fuller (MS Wildlife 1977), it took everyone from timber companies to biologists, state wildlife managers to bee keepers, to help the bears recover after the population dwindled to three small breeding groups in 1992. Today, there are at least 750 animals, and Louisianans are having to reacquaint themselves with the soft-eyed bears.

“A lot of people didn’t grow up with a lot of bears, so they’re going through all kinds of changes as they get used to seeing them and living around them again,” says Ms. Fuller.

The full story is available here.

Monsanto, Plein Foundation Fund Scholarships for LSU Ag Students

BATON ROUGE, La. – Monsanto and the Thomas A. Plein Foundation are helping support students in the LSU College of Agriculture by establishing two new scholarships.

The Monsanto scholarship will benefit students studying in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness or the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences. The Plein Foundation scholarship established by the Thomas A. Plein Foundation will benefit a student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources.

More information about these scholarships is available from the LSU Agcenter News page

College of Ag Alumni Awards
Recognize Two in RNR

Ag Alumni Awards, Spring 2015

Anna Claire Ferchaud, left, received the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award, and Mike Kaller, right, received the LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association’s Early Career Outstanding Aumni Award. They are pictured with Allen Rutherford, head of the School of Renewable Natural Resources. Ferchaud is a senior in the school, and Kaller is an associate professor in the school. (Photo by Tobie Blanchard)

LSU College of Agriculture alumni group holds spring awards ceremony.
The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association recognized outstanding alumni, faculty and students at a ceremony on Friday, April 24, at The Club at Union Square on the LSU campus.

The event served as a spring gathering of alumni and friends of the LSU College of Agriculture, according to Luke Laborde, president of the association.

More details about the awards ceremonoy and all of the recipients are available from the LSU Agcenter Headline News page.

Congratulations to Anna Claire and Dr. Kaller!

-- Quick News --

  • 1st Quarter 2015 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
  • RNR students participated in the 58th Southern Forestry Conclave hosted by Mississippi State University. The Team from RNR did well and the photos are posted on our Gallery page! Congratulations on a job well done!
  • Arborist Workshops 2015: The early 2015 schedule for Arborist Workshops and other learning opportunities has been updated, and registrations are open. For more information, see our Workshops page.
  • 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!
  • Follow Dr. Stouffer on sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania: via his Flickr Feed

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