UAM Forestry Faculty / Alumni Win Awards At Ouachita Society of American Foresters Meeting

MONTICELLO, AR — Faculty, research specialists and alumni of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello won numerous awards at the 2015 Ouachita Society of American Foresters Awards Program held recently in Fort Smith.

            Dr. Robert L. Ficklin, an associate professor of forestry and member of the UAM faculty since 2002, received the Ted Chauncey Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a “full, solid and meritorious career of outstanding contributions, exemplary actions, and diverse achievement by a forestry professional in the administration, practice, development and advancement of forestry at the local, regional and national level.” Ficklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

            Dr. Matthew Pelkki, the George H. Clippert Endowed Chair and professor of forestry, received the Outstanding Communicator Award, which recognizes achievement in communications in service to the forestry profession and the Society of American Foresters. Pelkki, who joined the UAM faculty in 2001, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

            Dr. Jon Barry, a research and extension assistant professor, received the Technology Transfer Award, which recognizes leadership, innovation and achievement in technology transfer and extension. Barry is employed by the UA Division of Agriculture’s Arkansas Forest Resources Center, which is housed in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

            Jaret Rushing, an alumnus of the UAM forestry program and a cooperative extension agent in Hampton (Calhoun County), received one of two Young Forester Leadership Awards, presented to a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project. Rushing received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from UAM in 2005 and a master’s degree in 2014.

            The other Young Forester Leadership Award went to Cory Bostic, Ouachita County Forester with the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Bostic is a 2008 graduate of the UAM forestry program.

            John Trauger, a 2001 UAM forestry graduate, received the Field Forester Award, presented to an individual who has “dedicated their career to the application of forestry on the ground using sound scientific methods and adaptive management strategies” to achieve excellence in forest management. Trauger is a program associate with the UA Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope.

            Two other UAM alums were honored as well. Martin Blaney of Russellville, a 1979 forestry graduate and forester for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, received the Forest Policy Enhancement Award, presented for leadership and contributions to the practice and profession of forestry. Steve Burgess of Perryville, a 1996 forestry graduate, was named president-elect of the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

            For more information, contact the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at (870) 460-1052.


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