This issue of the SFRC Newsletter
focuses on our undergraduate pro-
grams. We are happy to report that
enrollment is growing and graduating
seniors are finding good jobs. Total
undergraduate SFRC enrollment is
approximately 160 students (76 in
Geomatics, 46 in Natural Resource
Conservation and 38 in Forest Resources and Conservation). This num-
ber is up from 138 the previous year.
Not only is enrollment up, but students from all three majors are find-
ing jobs in their profession. In the last two years, 90% of graduating se-
niors in the Forest Resources and Conservation (FRC) major have found
positions in the Division of Forestry, private consulting, industry, fed-
eral agencies, non-governmental organizations and graduate school.
All (that is, 100%) of the Geomatics graduates have taken positions
with surveying or engineering firms or gone on to graduate school.
So, while sometimes we hear that jobs are scarce for FRC graduates
or that the real estate slowdown has impacted the surveying industry,
our graduates are finding good jobs. We believe that there are at least
two reasons for this. First, the professional demand has always existed
and will continue to exist in the future in both geomatics and forest
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resources. While both professions are dynamic, society will need good
stewards of our natural resources more than ever in the future. Simi-
larly, surveyors and mappers will always be in high demand.
Second, the SFRC faculty are committed to giving students the very
best education possible with strong technical classes, personal atten-
tion, targeted internships in the profession, and special emphasis on
problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, lifelong learn-
ing and professional development. As examples of professional devel-
opment and leadership opportunities are: 15 undergraduates attended
the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF);
11 attended the national SAF meeting in Portland, OR; 14 attended the
annual meeting of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society; and sev-
eral students in all three majors became officers of clubs and helped
to organize many events including Conclave (see below), annual award
banquets, golf tournaments, club activities, fund raisers and more.
Perhaps we are biased, but we firmly believe that the combination of
future demand for our graduates and the high quality of education
that our students receive make the SFRC a great choice for high school
and community college students. If you agree, please send us promis-
ing students who will become the leaders of their profession.
Association of Southern Forestry Clubs'
On March 6-8, the University of Florida Forestry Club hosted 250 stu-
dents and advisors for the 51st Association of Southern Forestry Clubs'
This annual event pits competitors from 16 southeastern university for-
estry programs against each other in contests ranging from traditional
lumberjacking events such as log chopping, pole climbing, and crosscut
sawing, to technical natural resource events like photogrammetry, tim-
ber estimation, and dendrology. Competing students gamely slogged
through their events in four inches of downpouring rain on the first day,
and were awarded with a sunny and windy Saturday for finishing off the
Perennial favorite Stephen F. Austin University took away this year's
championship cup. The gator foresters managed to pull off a respect-
able sixth place finish on top of running the entire event.
The event was sponsored by Stihl, Inc., with additional major support
from Rayonier, Inc., SFRC, and Environmental Services, Inc. Many SFRC
alumni were spotted at the event, with several gamely joining in to help
move logs, time events, and generally keep things running smoothly.
Photographs and results from the events can be seen on the conclave
web site at: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/Conclave2008.
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CONCLAVE IN THE SWAMP
March 6-8, 2008
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Sequoia National Forest, CA
As an intern Devon sampled understory and overstory vegetation following
FIA standards in the area burned by the 2001 McNally Wildfire wildfire, which
covered about 166,000 acres. He identified and measured the over and under-
story vegetation, percent ground cover, and disease and pest occurrence. The
main goal was to assess regeneration needs. Sampling unit bounaries were
delineated using using GIS and GPS.
Volusia County, FL
Joanna interned for Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management. She assisted with vegetation monitor-
ing and mapping, was responsible for the mapping and data management of trails and fire lines, identified ex-
otic/invasive species and assisted in removal by various techniques (including spraying mechanical methods),
and created and maintained the GPS/GIS data and helped with herbicide application of invasive hardwoods on
a sandhill restoration project.
Damon Wolfe & Shane Christy
..' Damon Wolfe and Shane Christy interned for WilsonMiller; a design, planning and engineering firm with
-. T a* offices around the state. Both students worked for the summer on various surveying projects in Fort My-
n ; i ers, FL. In the picture Damon and Shane are setting up a GPS receiver to perform a large boundary survey
in South Florida.
Aaron interned with Rayonier in their West Florida District with UF alumni Mike Conlon and Jeremy Tankersley.
Common tasks included conducting mid-rotation and pre-harvest inventories; monitoring harvest sites for BMP
and SFI compliance; and creating inventory and harvest GIS maps. Other assignments included marking SMZ's
for harvest areas, conducting post-fire health checks, creating pre-harvest environmental plans and monitoring
thinning operations for appropriate stocking. One of the unique opportunities Aaron had was to participate in a
SFI internal audit of the district.
Ocala National Forest. FL
Amanda interned for the U.S. Forest Service on the Ocala National Forest in their recreation department. She lived in a
trailer at the Forest Service's headquarters for Off Highway Vehicles. She helped to maintain the OHV trails by blocking
and gathering data on illegal trails. She set up a database that organized and tracked the progress of trail maintenance.
I also worked to educate the public on the importance of responsible riding. Amanda also had the unique opportunity
Amanda Brinton, Linda to shadow a fishery biologist on an airboat and spend a day in court with the Forest Service.
Rae, and Julia Schrader
SFRC Awards Banquet
Chris Kinslow -
William James Menear, Jr.('55)
(left) & Eli Bacheldor (right)
who received a scholarship in
honor of Mr. Menear.
Tim Collins, Chris Wild, Eric Matthews,
Kelley Garner, John Perry, & Justin
Garner- recipients of the Plumb Bob
Amanda Brinton, Matt Cox, Devon McFall
Liz Ramirez, & Julia Schrader recipients
of the Barber Scholarship
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
Joel Smith('59) received the Distinguished Service Award
at the SFRC Annual Awards Banquet held April 12th.
John Morris('67) (right) re-
ceived the Outstanding Alumnus Award at
the SFRC Annual Awards Banquet held April
1Eric Holzmueller('06) and Kristi
Bender('04) were married December 29, 2007. Kristi is
the coordinator of recruitment for the College of Agri-
culture Sciences at Southern Illinois University and Eric
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry
Dan Schultz('77) received the SFRC Outstanding Staff Member award
for his work in hosting Conclave.
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Martha Monroe received the Crystal Vision Award from the League of
Environmental Educators for her unique long-term contributions that
further LEEF's goal and mission. Martha was also awarded the Univer-
sity "Scholarship of Engagement" by the College of Education.
Alan Long was awarded the Herbert Stoddard Sr. Life-
time Achievement Award from the Association of Fire
Ecologists for his work in fire ecology and manage-
P.K. Nair is the first IFAS researcher to become a fellow of three agricul-
tural societies: American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of
America and the Crop Science Society of America. He also received a
Doctor of Science honors causa degree from the University of Santiago
de Compostela, Spain.
Janaki Alavalapati has taken the position of Professor and Head of the
Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech. Congratulations!
Appreciation For Our Supporters
Without the support of friends we could not maintain our level of academic excellence.
Thanks to the following for their contributions to the School's Unrestricted Fund: Temple Inland Foundation for matching James DeCosmo's('81)
donation, The Rayonier Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Tillinghast Lybass, Mr. & Mrs. Norman Carlson('51), William M. Bennett('54), Samuel E. Poole('70),
James Rath('84), Mr. & Mrs. George Park('54), Susan Kett('82), Charles Haynes('57), Donna Legare('75) & Joseph Walthall('76), Charles Houder
111('74), Lieutenant Colonel Ryan LaPorte('92), Thomas Leetch('57), David Morse('03), Rev. Paul David Kidd('59), Lnda Fallon('93), & Douglas Ship-
ley('03).Thanks to C&B Farms & Michael Chambers for their support of Don Rockwood's research program. Thanks to the following for their con-
tributions to the School's Forestry Alumni Fund: A. Chester Skinner Jr. for the turpentine still project, Joel('59) & Polly Smith for trail maintenance,
& Dr. Anne Bower('96). Thanks to Packaging Corporation of America; Barbara Jones Parish, Marilyn Evans-Jones, & Virginia Jones Ramsdell in
memory of Edward Eugene Jones, Jr.; and the Leon County Extension Office for their contributions to Project Learning Tree. Thank you to James
& Joh-Nana Lybass for their support of the Lybass Scholarships. Thanks to Wayne Smith & Mitzi Austin for their contributions to the Wayne Smith
Student Leadership Fund, John Gray Endowment for Excellence in Forest Resources and Conservation and the Alumni Turpentine Still Project in
memory of Pete Gerrell. Thank you to the following for their contributions to the William Paul Shelley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund: Mr. & Mrs.
James Ferman & Mrs. Glenn Rankin in memory of Paul Shelley. Thanks to Southern Forestry Consultants, Inc. and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida
for their contributions to the Forest Stewardship Fund. Thank you to Kristi & Talbot Menear for their contribution for the William James Menear
Jr.('55) Scholarship in honor of William James Menear.