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In other news:

  • Photos from the Spring 2018 meeting of the RNR/FWF Alumni Association are now available on the Gallery page.

  • The retirement of Dr. Jim L. Chambers after 40 years of teaching, research, and service to the School of Renewable Natural Resources was celebrated with a dinner recepiton and gathering on 7 April 2016. Photos from the event are located on our Photo Gallery page.

  • Go to our "Alumni Updates" page to see what your fellow Alums are up to lately.

Alumni News: Checking In -

Dr. Bob Blackmon, PhD '69
RNR Director 2000-2005

Bob Blackmon with two of his paintingsDuring 2017, I continued to make progress on my second career – art. As some of you know I am an oil painter, painting mostly Baroque-style still life. I began painting in 1973 but took a 25-year leave of absence, because of career and family. Since my retirement in 2005, I have been able to paint a lot, though never as much as I would like to.

Last year I had two very successful solo shows (three are planned for 2018) and exhibited my work in several group shows. I also continue to be represented by the Ardmore Gallery in County Waterford, Ireland. Having an invited presence there for some time now has been very rewarding and an honor for me. I am also active in the eastern New York arts community, with membership in five art organizations and serving as co-founder, officer, and board member in one of those groups.

Annual Ring and
Forestry Symposia Digitized

Editions of the Annual Ring (1938-1980) and the LSU Forestry Symposia (1952-1985; 1996) have been digitized, and are available as PDFs.

Earlier this year we had the historic School yearbooks, The Annual Ring, and the LSU Forest Symposium series digitized. There are many great pictures in the yearbooks, but most do not identify who’s in the picture. We would like to encourage each of you to browse the yearbooks and let Dr. Rutherford know when you recognize someone. Over time, we would like to add names to the photos.

The historic symposia was published from 1952 until 1985 and again in 1996 cover diverse forestry-related topic from well-known forest professionals of their day.

To access copies of The Annual Ring go to The Annual Ring.
To access copies of the LSU Foresty Symposium go to LSU Forestry Symposium

RNR Alum Named Fellow of SAF

Brian Chandler

(09/06/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Brian Chandler, the LSU AgCenter area forestry agent for southeast Louisiana and RNR Alumnus (MS Forestry - 1978), has been named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

Fellow awards recognize Society of American Foresters members who have provided several years of leadership and service to the industry at the local, state and national levels. New fellows are recognized at local and state society meetings as well as at the society’s national convention.

Chandler is one of 23 fellows selected this year. Based at the AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station in Clinton, Chandler coordinates a number of forestry industry meetings and lends his expertise to many, including landowners, various organizations and 4-H youth.

“Brian is so deserving of this award,” said Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter Southeast Region. “To be recognized by the society of forestry professionals is a testament to the excellence of Brian’s programming, his service to the forestry industry and the respect the forestry professionals have for Brian.” [writer: Olivia McClure, omcclure@agcenter.lsu.edu, LSU AgCenter]

Alumnus Pens Trilogy on Aviation Safety

Dr. John Shewmaker (MS ’89), Doctor of Osteopathy, has written a trilogy on Aviation Safety. The first two books are available on Amazon with a third book soon to be published. Book one: "Flying under the Weather". Book two: "Murder in a 172". Book three: "Head in the Sand, Death in the Clouds". These books expose flaws in the NTSB investigation process, the nature of aviation accidents, and how to avoid common mistakes during medical examinations by pilots.

RNR Alumnus Recognized for Coastal Prairie Conservation

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Christopher Reid, BSF 1997, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries botanist and his work in coastal prairie conservation has been recognized by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation as an important contribution to Louisiana conservation. Chris has been selected to receive the 2015 Professional Conservationist of the Year Award for the 52nd Governor’s State Conservation Awards program, which took place on April 2nd in Baton Rouge.

Read the details about Chris' work with Louisiana Prairie Conservation: LDWF Botanist Chris Reid’s Work to Save Louisiana’s Remaining Coastal Prairie Recognized by Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Congratulations, Chris!

LSU College of Agriculture honors alumni, students, faculty

The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association honored alumni, students and faculty at a ceremony April 8, 2016. Left to right are Luke Laborde, alumni association president; Barbara Hughes Favre, daughter of Jeff Hughes, outstanding alumnus; Bradley Sartain, recipient of the Ray and Dorothy Young Endowed Assistantship in Louisiana Row Crop Integrated Pest Management; Colorado Robertson, outstanding young alumnus; Georgianna Tuuri, the Ann Armstrong Peltier Professorship in Dietetics; Jim Simon, outstanding alumnus; Ariel Bergeron, recipient of the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageur Award; Phil Elzer, Meraux Foundation Supreme Champion Livestock Professorship; Morgan Richard, recipient of the Gerald and Norma Dill College of Agriculture Alumni Association Outstanding Senior award; and Bill Richardson, dean of the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU vice president for agriculture.

(04/13/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture recognized outstanding alumni, students and professors at an award ceremony on April 8 at LSU’s Club at Union Square.

The alumni honored were Jeff Hughes, of Bogalusa, and Jim Simon, of New Iberia, who both received the outstanding alumni award, and Colorado Robertson, of Baton Rouge, who received the early career outstanding alumni award.

Hughes, a 1949 graduate with a degree in forestry, worked as a forest professional for Gaylord Container and its successors for 51 years before retiring in 1986. Hughes’s involvement in forestry continued as he began his second career as a consultant to Weyerhaeuser.

“Mr. Hughes has been instrumental in helping develop forestry legislation, environmental and land use policies and strengthening working relationships between foresters and wildlife managers,” said Luke Laborde (RNR Faculty and Alumnus), president of the college alumni association.

Memoirs Recall the History of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program

Dr. James Avault came to the (then called) School of Forestry and Wildlife Mangagemnent in 1966. One of his first interests was to document and report on the ealry history of the fisheries and aquaculture progams of the School.

"This current publication elaborates on those two reports. What follows is an effort to cover certain events that led to the advancement of the fisheries and aquaculture program in the school. A partial list of events includes: addition of new faculty and courses, name changes of the school, initiation of a B.S. and Ph.D. degrees, funding and grants, formation of the Aquaculture Research Station, development of ponds and other facilities, activities with international aquaculture societies, and fisheries and aquaculture research. There are other events, too. No attempt is made to cover them in chronological order because so many of them overlap."

History of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program of the LSU AgCenter, With Focus on the School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Memoirs of Professor James W. Avault Jr. Professor Emeritus, School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, is now available as a publication of the LSU AgCenter.

The document was edited and final format created by personnel in the Department of Agricultural Communications, with John Wozinak taking a lead role. It is AgCenter Publication number MISC-164, and is available for download as a PDF from the AgCenter Publications catalog: History of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program.

2015 Hall of Fame Announced

The annual Homecoming for the School was held on Saturday, 25 April 2015. Three new inductess to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries Hall of Fame were celebrated. They are: Dr. H. Michael "Mike" Barnes (BSF 1965, MS Forest Products Technology 1968), Dr. James Barnett, and Dr. Robert Chabreck (BSF 1956, MS Game Management 1957).

Details on the lives and careers of the newest inductees are avialble on the 2015 Hall of Fame page. Previously inducted member profiles can be accessed from our Hall of Fame page.

Photos from the Homecoming and the crawfish boil are now 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

Glenn Constant Named 2014 Alumnus of the Year

Glenn ConstantThe School started a new Homecoming tradition by moving our traditional Homecoming from the fall to the spring. A very successful inaugural spring homecoming was held on Saturday. April 26 at the School.

Glenn Constant was honored as the alumnus of the year. He earned a BS in Wildlife Management from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1988. He later earned a MS. in Fisheries in 1990; “Genetics and growth of Largemouth Bass in Thirteen Louisiana Lakes” at LSU under the direction of Dr. Kelso. He worked as a Research Associate for Dr. Kelso from 1990 to 2000 and conducted studies on growth and abundance of Mississippi River fishes, status and movements of Pallid Sturgeon in the Atchafalaya River, and flood pulse effects on water quality and biota in the ARB. He later joined the Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office for Region 4 FWS Fisheries Program in 2000 and rose to the position of supervisor. He has extensive experience in habitat planning and conservation, habitat management, endangered species research and management, and habitat assessment, telemetry, propagation, and restoration.

2014 Hall of Fame Announced

Other celebrations at Homecoming included the induction of Dr. Paul Coreil (MS Wildlife Management - LSU, 1984; PhD Extension Education - LSU, 1995) and Pete Heard (BSF 1960 - LSU; MS Game Management - LSU, 1961) into the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame for 2014. Details on the lives and careers of the newest inductees are avialble on the 2014 Hall of Fame page. Previously inducted member profiles can be accessed from our Hall of Fame page.

Photos of the celebration and crawfish boil are available on our Photo Gallery page.

Public Service Forestry Award Goes to Lee McNeely

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The 2013 TAMU Vice Chancellor’s Public Service in Forestry Award is presented to Lee McNeely –Texas A&M Forest Service

At Left: Tom Boggus-Director Texas A&M Forest Service; Lee McNeely (RNR BSF 1980); Dr. Mark Hussey-Texas A&M University Interim President

Through his focused dedication as part of the Forest Service’s Mitigation and Prevention Department, Mr. McNeely has made a tremendous impact on Texas cities and counties. He worked with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to move wildfire from tenth to fourth place in state hazard rankings. This is a true game-changer in that the threat of wildfire in Texas is now accurately reflected for the first time, and it also makes it possible for counties and cities directly affected by wildfire to receive FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program grants, and it has triggered updates of disaster plans statewide. Mr. McNeely provided critical information in updating the state’s wildfire-mitigation template, and he has worked tirelessly with councils of government, cities, and counties in updating their plans. He received a grant to produce a wildfire-mitigation “how-to” guide to help cities and counties complete hazardous-fuel reduction projects. Mr. McNeely’s work has earned him and the Texas A&M Forest Service a reputation as the most trusted person and agency for wildfire-mitigation planning. One of his supporters said his “leadership, vision, and commitment to serve have truly impacted the entire state of Texas.”

Lee McNeely is a native of Danville, Virginia, and a 1973 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in History. Upon graduation from VMI, he received a commission in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in military intelligence from 1973-1977. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, he entered Louisiana State University, and received a B.S. in Forest Management in 1980. He has been employed by the Texas A&M Forest Service since 1980, and has been assigned to various disaster responses including Hurricane Katrina, Space Shuttle Columbia, and wildfires in the United States and Mexico. He is a recipient of the Bronze Smokey Bear Award for wildfire prevention presented by the U.S. Forest Service, and is the 2008 recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Field Forester presented by the Society of American Foresters.

Prestigious Award for LSU Alumnus

Dr. Chung-yun HseDr. Chung-yun Hse (MS Forestry ’63), a Forest Service researcher at the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station in Pineville, La received the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award in Beijing, China on January 10, 2014. The non-monetary award is one of the highest honors that the People’s Republic of China offers to recognize scientists who have made significant contributions to China’s scientific advancement. Chung has been a long time Adjunct Professor at the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources and has served on several graduate student committees at LSU. Chung considers himself lucky to be in such a fortunate position.

The persons in the picture are Xi Jinping, President of China (left), Dr. Chung Hse (center), and Li Keqiang (right), Premier of China.

RNR Alums Meet a World Away

RNR Alums meet A 1984 BSF graduate, Alexander Sayok (seated right), sends greetings from Maylasia where he is in his sixth year as a faculty member at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. In his years since graduation, he has held several positions including: lecturer in University of Technology, Papua New Guinea 1992-1996; environmental consultant in Malaysia 1996-2002; and expert in peat swamp forest for UNDP/GEF project 2002 to 2008. He notes that there are quite a number of lecturers that graduated from LSU at his current university and that the trend may be similar throughout Malaysia.

His most recent contact with an RNR alum was with Dr. Steve G. Platt (BSF 1985). Dr. Platt (seated left) is in Kuching on his first trip "to tame our notorious man-eating crocodiles." Dr. Platt has been working as herpetologist with WCS in Burma and living there since 2011.

RNR Alumnus Wins an Emmy!

Michael Campbell Congratulations to Michael Campbell, 2008 BS Fisheries Alumnus, for his Emmy. The Emmy was in the category "Best Technical Achievement" for the onboard film and data collection recorded by the cameras and instruments sunk with the USS Mohawk last year. On Monday, July 2, the World War II warship U.S.S. Mohawk CGC was deployed to its final resting place 90 feet under water, roughly 28 nautical miles off of Sanibel Island on Florida’s southwest coast, creating the first Veterans Memorial Reef dedicated to all U.S. veterans using a military ship. The official name of the reef will be the U.S.S. Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef. Mike's position as the Artificial Habitat Director/Environmental Specialist for Lee County,Florida DNR Marine Program put him in a unique position to participate in the hands-on project. Just goes to show you never know where all that class and field labwork can take you... (Mike is first on the Left of the image)

Even more information about the project with the USS Mohawk is available on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USSMohawk

RNR Graduate is COA Outstanding Alum!

Ian Stone, 2009 RNR Forestry Graduate, is highlighted in an "Outstanding Alumni" feature on the home page of the LSU College of Agriculture Check it out! Congratulations, Ian!

Alumna Featured in New York Times Article

RNR graduate, Tina Nelson (BS – Wildlife and Fisheries – 1998), was recently featured in a NY Times article about her work as the coordinator of soil, water, and ecology in New York’s Central Park. It is always good to hear from successful alums!

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