Gary Burns, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in forestry in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, was awarded the Society of American Foresters’ Presidential Field Forester Award for SAF District XI during the organization’s national convention held in Madison, Wisconsin.
Burns, who earned a Master of Science in forestry from SFA in 1993, has owned and operated Burns Forestry, a forestry consulting firm located in Crockett, Texas, since 1969.
“I was flabbergasted,” Burns said. “It means a lot whenever peers give you an award like this.”
According to the SAF, the award recognizes foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies. Additionally, the awards are presented to individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.
Pictured, Burns, center, receives the award from
Matt Menashes, SAF chief executive officer, right,
and Clark W. Seely, SAF president. Photo courtesy
of the SAF.