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2014 Hall of Fame

This year the LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association will be honoring two alumni for their outstanding contributions to the practice of forestry and the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. This year’s inductees includes Dr. Paul Coreil, and Pete Heard. They were honored as part of the LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Annual Meeting which occured for the first time during the Spring semester, on 26 April 2014.

Dr. Paul Coreil

Dr. Paul CoreilDr. Paul D. Coreil (right, with Dr. Todd Shupe) received his Bachelors of Science in zoology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1976. He earned a M.S. in Wildlife Management from LSU in 1984 and a Ph.D. from LSU in Extension Education with a minor in Agricultural Economics in 1995.

He currently serves as a Vice Chancellor of the LSU Agricultural Center and Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, a position he has held since 2001. Prior to that, he served in several roles within the LSU Agricultural Center, beginning his Extension career as a Sea Grant Assistant Area Agent in Fisheries and Wildlife in 1978. He also served as parish chair of the Cameron Parish Extension Service office from 1987-1992. He was appointed as Wetlands and Coastal Resources Specialist for the Extension Service / Sea Grant in 1992 and served in that capacity till 1998. In 1998, he assumed the position of Wetlands Administrator for Burlington Resources, covering coastal wetlands formally owned by the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company (L,L & E), the largest private coastal landowner in Louisiana. In 1999, he returned to the LSU AgCenter as Assistant Director for environmental programs, a position he held until being named Extension director.

He has been an active member in numerous organizations at the parish, state, and national level. He served as chair the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006; he also served as chair of the eXtension National Governing Committee – a committee that oversees the development of a national web-based information system covering a variety of topic areas important to a diversity of public interests. He was appointed to Governor Mike Foster's Natural Resources Transition Team in 1995-1996. Dr. Coreil also served as the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2009.

Dr. Coreil is recipient of numerous awards for his extension work, including recognition from Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association (LCAAA), USDA, EPA, and other organizations at the state and parish level. Most recently, Dr. Coreil received the Chancellor's Diversity Leadership Award and the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) Excellence in Leadership Award for 2010. Dr. Coreil has published numerous technical and non-technical articles and made presentations to audiences around the world. He has served as a mentor and adviser to numerous Extension faculty and staff throughout the years. He is considered a friend, colleague, and leader by those that know him best.

Pete Heard

Pete HeardPete Heard (left, with Dr. Todd Shupe) was the eighth of nine children reared on a small farm in the Mississippi Delta. Graduating from Tchula High, he worked at odd jobs for two years including a year as Deputy Game Warden, MS Game & Fish Commission at age 20. After three years in the US Army, he attended LSU, receiving the BSF60 and MSGM61 in four and one-half years. He was biologist, MS Game & Fish Commission, for 5 years conducting research on cottontail rabbits, deer work, and Asst. Federal Aid Coordinator overseeing 40 personnel and one million acres of game management areas.

He joined the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1966, the first biologist on a river basin staff in that agency. In 1970 he became the SCS biologist in Florida covering that state and Caribbean area. He became the Environmental Coordinator five years later covering the same area. His work in this arena, working with environmental groups and changing agency attitudes and policy, attracted EPA Region 4 in Atlanta, GA. EPA created an agri-liason position, the first of 10 positions of its kind in the nation. Pete served a two-year stint in Atlanta working on broad environmental issues throughout the Southeast Region.

In 1982 Pete returned to Mississippi as Asst. State Conservationist for Operations, soon became Deputy State Conservationist, and later served eight years as State Conservationist of Mississippi. He managed a budget of 50-60 million dollars annually. In 1992 he was appointed to the USDA Senior Executive Service (SES). EPA sought his services in forming the Gulf of Mexico Program. He served 5 years as Co-chair (Federal) of the Nutrient Sub-committee. He also served as Chair of the TVA’s seven-state Land and Water 201 Counties Project for five years. He was asked to testify before the Advisory Board to the Environmental Protection Agency nationally in Washington on the Louisiana coastal marshes, their use, management and permitting, etc. Being a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist, Pete was asked by the Chief o NRCS (formerly SCS) to train personnel in wetland identification. He spent two years conducting a dozen workshops nationwide involving NRC S, EPA, COE and USFWS. He also conducted several environmental workshops specifically for the Wildlife Habitat Council.

Pete was asked by Chief Paul Johnson of NRCS to scope out what the agency should be doing in wildlife. nationwide. Pete put together a group of 25 NGOs and commodity groups and 10 employees from across the nation. Two reports were produced, one recommended the creation of a Wildlife Habitat Management Institute (WHMI). Pete was offered the Directorship and seven positions nationwide. At that time, Pete could have retired with 35 years but chose to work another 13 years. The Instituten was changed from WHMI to Agricultural Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) in 2006 by Congressional action. Within that 13 years, over 23 million dollars were invested in over 160 projects and over 500 pieces of technical material transferred to NRCS field offices for fish and wildlife applications. Highlight of this work has been that Congress uses the results of these projects to formulate farm bills and conservation programs nationally, leading to several billion dollars being applied for wildlife management.

Pete has received numerous awards in his more than 49 years of Federal service. Among the most prestigious are: Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, a consortium of 16 agencies, Sustained Achievement Award; “Clarence W. Watson Award”; MS Wildlife Federation Governor’s Award; City of Madison, MS Proclamation naming June 21, 2011, as Pete Heard Day; Honor Award for Excellence for developing and implementing the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative for thousands of migrating birds impacted by the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill by Tom J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. Pete represented USDA on the President’s Task Force to provide recommendations for coastal restoration relative to the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill. After 55 years of conservation work, Pete retired June 1, 2011.

Pete has authored more than 130 papers with the wildlife community. He serves his community in numerous ways, serving food to the homeless and as Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Pinelake Baptist Church. He is married to the former Myrna Greene of Marks, MS, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren.

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