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2010 Hall of Fame

Jeff Hughes

Jeff HughesJeff Hughes was born in Hammond. LA in 1924 and raised on a tree farm. He he earned college tuition at 16 hewing cross ties. A US Navy veteran, he participated in invasions of KeramaRetto IE Shima and Okinawa. Jeff is a 1949 graduate of LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management. He has served a term as Chairman of FWF Alumni Association. In 1967 he was named Alumnus of the Year of fro the LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management by the Faculty. for his continued involvement with the students. He has served as a guest Lecturer at a number of LSU Forestry and Wildlife Symposiums, asked by Professors to lecture to the or classes and take them on working field trips. For 20 years Jeff served on the LFA panel which interviews LSU students for LLF Forestry scholarships. Mr. Hughes has the distinction of being a Speaker at first Earth Day to LSU Forestry students.

As a forest professional, Jeff worked for Gaylord Container and its successors for 51 years. He retired in 1986 from CZ as Manager of Environmental Services and Association Affairs. In his second career, he retired in 2000 as Consultant to Weyerhaeuser as Manager of Governmental Affairs on Louisiana and Mississippi.

Mr. Hughes has served the greater forestry community in many capacities throughout the years. He was elected President of LFA on 1979 and served as Chairman of many LFA committees. He was the recipient of the Southern Forest Institutes Presidents Award in 1978. In 1979 he served as Chairman of Gulf States Section SAF, and was elected SAF Fellow being named Outstanding Forester of the Section. Additionally, Jeff is a member of Southern Forest and Paper Association, and served as Chairman of Resource and Environment Committee for many years. He has testified on Forestry matters before Congressional Committees many times. And was sent to Brazil by CZ in 1973 to evaluate acquisition of forestry plants. Appointed by the Sedentary of the US Army to serve on a three man Blue Ribbon panel to assess the way the US Army managed its resources on its civil and military installations, he spent the summer of 1983 traveling across the country.

Closer to home, Jeff Hughes was the first President of the Tangipahoa Parish Forestry Association. He was a board member of LFA, member of the Tangipahoa and Washington Parish Forestry Associations Louisiana Forestry Foundation, and member of Forest History Society and Forest Landowners Association. In Poplarville MS He was President of the Jaycees Chairman of the committee to erect the Community Center, Explorer Scout Leader and President of Field Trial Association

In DeRidder, LA, he was President of Rotary, active on the Chamber of Commerce and rode a mule from DeRidder to Lake Charles to promote planting trees. In Denham Springs, LA He was President of Rotary, Cub Scout Leader, coached a Lottie League baseball team to an undefeated season. He received the Outstanding Citizenship Award in 1968. In Bogalusa, LA, a member of Rotary, Chairman of the United Fund, member of American Legion, and a hunting club President.

Jeff is especially known for his efforts on helping develop forestry legislation, environmental and land use policies and strengthening working relationships between foresters and wildlife managers.

His hobbies include hunting. fishing and gardening. He is a master gardener and a Master Logger.

He is married, father of three, and grandfather of two.

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