Get Social – Three New Ways to Connect with Forestry and Environmental Resources

Social Media Connections to FERThe Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University has created more opportunities for you to connect with us and others through Social Media.

If you haven’t already been following us in the College of Natural Resources Facebook community, you will definitely want to check out all of the latest happenings at

Now, three new social media connections have been created to help you keep in touch with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (FER).

The Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program’s new Facebook page is designed to keep you up on what’s going on in that program’s classes, research and clubs, as well as posting job openings. Like them at!

Follow us @NCState_FER on Twitter – Looking for more hot job postings, environmental news, events, and career tips? We launched @NCState_FER for current students and alumni to stay connected to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

FER’s new LinkedIn group provides an additional resource for career links and advice, as well as discussions on various topics. Join the many departmental students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested colleagues by sending a request to join at, and then collaborate as you wish within this dynamic group.

Looking for even more ways to stay in touch? Check out all of these other great social media sites related to the department:

Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy Garnering High Praise

The Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy is just wrapping up another year and it is already getting fantastic reviews from its students — the teachers.

The Academy is a four-day residential program that focuses on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainable forestry in North Carolina. This annual program is chock-full of learning experiences for the teachers who are prepared to return to their own classrooms with new knowledge and materials to share with their students.

In a recent North Carolina Forestry Association News Update, the Academy is described in this way:

Source: North Carolina Forestry Association, June 20, 2014, email News Update

“Just Fabulous”

Academy Leaders

Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Academy Leaders Susan Moore (left), Renee Strnad, and Jennifer Grantham

That is what one teacher expressed to NCFA Executive Vice President Pryor Gibson at the conclusion of the tour of Parton Lumber Company.  The teacher stopped Gibson just before she boarded the bus that was bound for the group’s next stop.

“I want to thank you and the NCFA for this opportunity.  It is just fabulous. I have learned so much and everyone has just been so great at all of our visits.  And these three ladies are just awesome.”

The teacher was referring to Susan Moore, Renee Strnad and Jennifer Grantham of N.C. State University Extension Forestry who organize and guide the Academies.

Needless to say, the Sustainable Teachers’ Academy had another successful week of educating teachers on forestry and the forest products industry in Asheville this past week.  In addition tours of facilities, the teachers participated in workshops and PLT programs.

The coastal version of this program runs next week in New Bern.

Teachers learn about the Longleaf pine ecosystem at the Croatan National Forest

Teachers learn about the Longleaf pine ecosystem at the Croatan National Forest

These residential programs designed for teachers feature visits to several forest products facilities in the Asheville (mountain) and New Bern (coastal) areas in addition to workshops and visits to educational forests.

The NCFA appreciates its membership hosting the teachers at their facilities in what has become an extremely popular program with teachers.



Yahoo Road Trip Video Tracks Wolfpack Timbersports Athlete in Training for US Championship

Griff Wilson's eye on the prize

Griff Wilson focuses his talents now on the US Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Championship

Griffith Wilson, a sophomore in Forest Management at NC State University, is used to working hard. That includes the work he has put into becoming the winner of the US STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Southern Collegiate Qualifer.  And now it counts toward the challenge he will face this weekend as he battles other great student athletes for the Collegiate Championship being held at the Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, June 20-22.

Griff has a natural talent for timbersports, AND he is a natural in front of the cameras. Yahoo on the Road, sponsored by RAM Country, tested both of those qualities recently when they came out to Camp Slocum on NC State’s G.W. Hill Demonstration Forest in Durham County, NC, to film Griff during one of his training sessions. They not only captured evidence of his talent and composure, but they also picked up on the Wolfpack passion for tradition and NC State’s history in Forestry.

Watch the Yahoo! Road Trip Video featuring Griff and the NCSU Forestry & Timbersports Club at Camp Slocum

Barry Interview

Barry Goldfarb interviewed by Yahoo Road Trip Host, Marc Istook for the video

Catch the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship this weekend In Person or Stream it Live!

  • June 20 – Pro & College Qualifier Rounds 12pm-7pm
  • June 21 – US Professional Championships 5pm-8pm
  • June 22 – US Collegiate Championships & Team Relay Events 2pm-6pm

Read more about Griffith Wilson

Catch more of the action on television with ESPNU Airings – Collegiate STIHL TIMBERSPORTS


Conclave 2012

Lauren and Mike team-up for the Jack & Jill Crosscut Competition at Southern Conclave 2012 on NC State’s campus

Learn more about the recent tradition Wolfpack Timbersports Champions


North Carolina’s Arbor Day Celebration 2014

NC Arbor Day Celebration

The public is invited to participate in North Carolina’s 2014 Arbor Day Celebration to be held at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, March 22, 2014, from 10am to 2pm. The NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources will host the fun event again this year, featuring many exhibits, a tree seedling give-away, and hands-on activities for whole family.

Arbor Day is celebrated in state observances across the country to demonstrate our appreciation of trees.  According to the NC Forest Service website, the NC state legislature ratified a bill in 1967, stating in part, “Whereas, it is desirable that the planting of seedlings and flowering shrubs be encouraged to promote the beautification and conservation of the vast and varied resources of North Carolina, and whereas the designation of a particular day each year as Arbor Day would encourage and draw attention to a concerted effort by North Carolinians to beautify and conserve the state’s resources by planting young trees and shrubs.”

NC Arbor Day Kids AreaIn honor of that spirit, several organizations will be on hand at North Carolina’s Arbor Day Celebration to share information and materials about how trees enhance the quality of life for us all. In cooperation with the Society of American Foresters’ Triangle Chapter and NC State Student Chapter, 1500 tree seedlings will be distributed to the public. The winner of the state’s Arbor Day Photo Contest will be announced and presented with their award at 1:30pm. Smokey Bear is sure to make a visit and a children’s activity area is also in the works.

North Carolina’s Arbor Day Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Visit the 2013 NC Arbor Day Celebration Photo Gallery >>

For more information, contact:

Renee Strnad
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
North Carolina State University
Phone: 919-515-5518


Commitment + Challenge = Awesome Students Experiencing Great Things

NCSU @ Congaree

NC State Student Chapter of SAF in front of a giant Cypress in Congaree National Park

What do you get when you give academically motivated and naturally curious students a challenge? Well, if they are NC State students, you’ll get the opportunity to see the best of the best.

The NC State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources encourages our students to participate in their own professional development by becoming active in professional societies and attending conferences. Over the past several years, the department has encouraged participation in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) national convention by subsidizing the students’ cost of attendance. Through the direction of their faculty advisor, Joe Roise, the NC State Student Chapter of SAF has a long tradition of organizing a pre-conference Wilderness Leadership Excursion in the area where the convention is being held.

This year, the SAF national convention was held in Charleston, SC, and the Wilderness Leadership Excursion took place in Congaree National Park.  “The national park is 24,180 acres and is one of the newest parks,” explained Matthew Haunsperger, SAF Student Chapter President. “The creek is a black water system that flows through the center of the park and is lined with cypress, water tupelo, swamp laurel oak, and some of the largest loblolly pines in the nation.” Matt led, with eight other students and Joe Roise, a canoe trip down Cedar Creek through the park and onto the Congaree River.

Canoeing Cedar Creek in Congaree National Park

Canoeing Cedar Creek

The group met many obstacles along the way – literally. “The water level was very low for October,” said Dr. Roise. “There were so many downed trees across the creek that we had to carry the canoes more than we had expected.” Apparently, a water moccasin thought it would add a little more excitement to the mix at one point. Each challenge, however, was met and dealt with.

“When our destination was reached 27 miles and 4 days later, we ventured to Charleston, to meet with the rest of our chapter. For many, it was their first convention and one not to forget,” said Matt. He explained that it was particularly relevant for the students to attend a southeastern conference, because they are currently studying the silviculture of that region. “The seminars allowed us to see the research and job opportunities in our area. The insight inspired students to see what paths they can follow after completion of their education,” reflected Matt.

NCSU SAF Student Chapter 2013 Quiz Bowl Team from left to right: Thomas Harris, Matthew Haunsperger, Alex Thompson, Courtney Johnson

NCSU SAF Student Chapter 2013 Quiz Bowl Team from left to right: Thomas Harris, Matthew Haunsperger, Alex Thompson, Courtney Johnson

“One of the best parts about these trips,” Dr. Roise revealed, “is getting away from campus. I get to know them, not just as my students, but as people. They are a great group, and getting to know them as people is a privilege.”

Eighteen NC State students in all participated in the 2013 SAF convention, which included a valiant effort by our Quiz Bowl Team. When possible, the department and college hosts an alumni luncheon during the convention, and this year was not an exception, since it was, relatively speaking, in our own backyard. We had a record attendance of 75 alumni, friends and students for the luncheon, which featured an update on the College of Natural Resources’ strategic planning progress by Dean Mary Watzin.

Back at school now and the weather much colder, the students who attended the wilderness excursion and/or the convention have their heads the books and their eyes on the prize of a degree in a field that they love. But their education has been enhanced by the depth of their experiences, and the breadth of their commitment keeps us in awe.

Excerpts above and quotes below from an article in The Trail Blazer, Newsletter of the Appalachian Society of American Foresters – Winter 2013-14 Edition

In their own words – about attending the national convention:

Anthony MooreIn October I had the chance to attend the Society of American Foresters national convention in Charleston, SC. This was my first time attending the convention and I believe it was a great experience. While at the convention I was able to meet with other forestry students from around the United States. It was interesting to learn about how different colleges are teaching forestry. I also had the opportunity to meet forestry professionals from around the country and learn about all the different types of jobs in the U.S. All in all it was a great experience and I hope to attend in future years. ~Anthony Moore, Forest Management, NC State

Thomas HarrisThis year’s Society of American Foresters convention in Charleston SC introduced me for the first time to forestry science on a national level. Each day I interacted with outstanding students, professors, and professionals in natural resource management from across the country and around the world. The most memorable times were catching up with speakers after their presentations to discuss their topic and speaking with students and representatives from different universities offering graduate degree programs. The time to speak with leading researchers was wonderful; it gave me a personal link to the research they presented. Before the convention I was unable to make the connection between scientific article describing research projects I had read and the individuals carrying out the research. Furthermore, the representation of numerous graduate degree programs in forestry and other natural resource fields afforded me the chance to think about my future and how I will incorporate graduate studies. ~Thomas Harris, Forest Management, NC State

Courtney JohnsonThe most memorable part about going to the SAF National Convention is the people I meet. The convention presents so many great opportunities to network with professionals and students as well. Meeting students from around the country opened my eyes to the differences between programs, like for instance; UC Berkeley has way more women in their forestry program and very few men. I also had the chance to mingle with the other women in forestry careers, including SAF President, Mrs. Joann Cox. I met people from all four corners of the country and I can’t wait for next year’s convention to have the chance to get to know them better.  ~Courtney Johnson, Forest Management, NC State

Click the image below to see the photo gallery from the trip. Problem viewing the album?

Photo Gallery – 2013 NCSU SAF Student Chapter Wilderness Expedition in Congaree National Park and SAF Convention