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A Century of Forest Resources Education at Penn State

Serving Our Forests, Waters, Wildlife, and Wood Industries

Henry D. Gerhold

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$41.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-02964-1

296 pages
6" × 9"
40 b&w illustrations
2007

A Century of Forest Resources Education at Penn State

Serving Our Forests, Waters, Wildlife, and Wood Industries

Henry D. Gerhold

Forestry education in Pennsylvania has a long, proud tradition, having begun earlier than in most other states. By 1897, twenty land-grant colleges, including Penn State, had introduced the subject of forestry, typically in botany courses. Professional forestry education in Pennsylvania originated in 1903, when the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy was founded at Mont Alto, and expanded in 1907 when the baccalaureate degree program started at the Pennsylvania State College.

 

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Forestry education in Pennsylvania has a long, proud tradition, having begun earlier than in most other states. By 1897, twenty land-grant colleges, including Penn State, had introduced the subject of forestry, typically in botany courses. Professional forestry education in Pennsylvania originated in 1903, when the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy was founded at Mont Alto, and expanded in 1907 when the baccalaureate degree program started at the Pennsylvania State College.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the School of Forest Resources in 2007, A Century of Forest Resources Education at Penn State reviews progress in the School’s academic programs and facilities and examines the accomplishments of some of our more prominent graduates and faculty. The events that led up to the founding are described first, featuring several pioneering men and their sole female peer. The principal developments of the initial fifty years then provide background for the ensuing expansion of the faculty, facilities, administrative organization, and graduates of the last five decades. Fascinating little-known tidbits—such as students hanging officials in effigy, an interloping bear in a classroom, administrative battles, and a tale of the original Nittany Lion—are interspersed among descriptive factual data.

Henry D. Gerhold, Professor of Forest Genetics, has been a faculty member in Penn State's School of Forest Resources since 1956. He is also known for his books Breeding Pest-Resistant Trees (1966), Landscape Tree Factsheets (2001), Our Heritage of Community Trees (2002); and A Forester's Legacy: The Life of Joseph E. Ibberson (2007).

Contents

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

What Fostered Forestry Education?

How Has Forestry Education Influenced the Related Professions?

2. Pennsylvania’s Pioneers in Forestry Education

Joseph Trimble Rothrock

Mira Lloyd Dock

George H. Wirt

Edwin A. Ziegler

Joseph S. Illick

Bernhard E. Fernow

Hugh P. Baker

John A. Ferguson

Gifford Pinchot

3. Administrative Evolution of the School of Forest Resources

4. Directors and Department Heads

Biographies of School Directors

Victor A. Beede

Maurice K. Goddard

William C. Bramble

H. Norton Cope

Peter W. Fletcher

Wilber W. Ward

Rex E. Melton

Robert S. Bond

Henry D. Gerhold

Alfred D. Sullivan

Kim C. Steiner

Larry A. Nielsen

Charles H. Strauss

5. Staff

6. Faculty

7. Facilities

8. Academic Curricula

Subprofessional and Associate Degree Programs

Curriculum in Forest Science

Curriculum in Wood Products

Curriculum in Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Graduate Degree Programs

9. Student Recruitment, Enrollments, Graduation Rates, and Placement

10. Student Organizations

11. Research

Forest Ecology and Silviculture

Forest Management and Economic Analyses

Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement

Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management

Wood Products Engineering

Wood Products Marketing and Management

Wildlife Ecology and Management

Fisheries Ecology

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

National Park Service

Municipal Tree Restoration Program

The American Chestnut Foundation

12. Extension and Outreach

Activities of Extension Faculty

Current Extension Topics

Rural Forests

Community Forests

Wood Products Processing

Managing Wildlife and Fisheries

Environmental Stewardship of Land and Water Resources

Professional Development and Other Outreach

Forums and Lecture Series

Nittany Lion Restored

13. Alumni Relations

14. Accomplishments of Alumni and Faculty—Looking Back

Biographical Sketches of Alumni and Faculty, by Career Field

Forest Management

Wood Technology and Industry

Parks and Recreation

Hydrology and Watershed Management

Wildlife and Fisheries

Urban Forestry

Academia and Professional Organizations

Entrepreneurial Mavericks

Professional Impacts of the School of Forest Resources

Educational Programs

Government Agencies, Industries, Consultants, and Communities

Forest Resources

15. Looking Ahead: Strategic Plan for the Future

Appendices

Appendix A-1. Faculty of the Department of Forestry (1907–1954), School of Forestry (1954–1965), and School of Forest Resources (1965–present) at Penn State

Appendix A-2. Forestry Faculty at Mont Alto Associated with the School of Forest

Resources

Appendix A-3. Wildlife Faculty at DuBois Associated with the School of Forest Resources

Appendix B-1. Undergraduate Degrees Granted Annually

Appendix B-2. Graduate Degrees Granted in Forestry, Forest Resources, Wildlife Management, and Wildlife and Fisheries Science

References

Index

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