OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Wins Big in Spokane

In October, the 2012 Society of American Foresters National Convention was held in Spokane, WA, where a number of Extension Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) faculty received awards. On Tuesday, October 23, in Spokane, College of Forestry (COF) Dean Thomas Maness accepted the 2012 Outstanding Family Forests Education Award from Bob Wagner, Director of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine and Chair of the Extension Committee of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP). This award is given annually by NAUFRP in cooperation with the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA). OSU received the award this year for the Ties to the Land Program, an innovative educational curriculum that assists families with the orderly and successful transition of their family farms and forests from one generation to the next.

The Ties to the Land Program began in Oregon, and has since been adopted in nearly 20 other states. It has been a cooperative endeavor, with support from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the OSU Austin Family Business Program, and more recently the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry Division and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The program is coordinated by Dr. Mary Sisock in the COF’s Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society. For a little perspective, this award has been given annually since 1997. Fourteen universities have received the award at least once, and only Mississippi State University, Washington State University, the University of Georgia, and Oregon State University have received the award twice.

Extension Agent and Professor Stephen Fitzgerald received the Society of American Foresters Technology Transfer Award. This award recognizes Steve’s "distinguished record of achievement in technology transfer and Extension". This award comes with a plaque, thousand dollar stipend, and travel expenses to the convention. This SAF award was created in 1985, and has been awarded 27 times. Oregon State University is the only university that has received this award more than twice. OSU has brought this award to Corvallis an amazing seven times!

Congratulations to Mary and Steve for your great accomplishments. They reflect well on you as professionals, as well as OSU, COF, and the FNR Extension Program!