Awards

Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award

In 2001 the Distinguished Service to Forestry Award was renamed the Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award in honor of the late Dr. Laurence C. Walker. Dr. Walker served as the first dean of the School of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University, in the heart of the forests of East Texas. He was also a forestry historian and the author of numerous books including The Southern Forest; Excelsior: Memoir of a Forester; The North American Forests, and Forests: A Naturalists Guide to Trees and Forest Ecology to name a few.  Dr. Walker is a legend in Texas forestry.  His contributions to the forestry profession will be remembered for decades to come.

The Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award is handed out each year at the Texas Society of American Foresters annual meeting. Nominations for this prestigious award are due into the TSAF Professional Recognition Chair on or before March 1st of each year and can only be made by current SAF members. Eligible candidates are limited to SAF members who have demonstrated the following:

  1. Evidence of continuing service and leadership in the Society of American Foresters, including work in Chapters, State Society, and special projects.
  2. Professional achievement in the field of forestry.
  3. Service to local or regional community, including activities in church and civic organizations.

Forestry Leadership Award
The Forestry Leadership Award was established in 1972 and James B. Hull, the current Director of the Texas Forest Service, was its first recipient. The purpose of this award is to recognize a young forestry professional who has demonstrated leadership in areas such as school, SAF student chapter, SAF chapter, State Society, SAF National, church, civic organizations, community and his/her professional position.

The Forestry Leadership Award is handed out each year at the Texas Society of American Foresters annual meeting. Nominations for this award are due into the TSAF Professional Recognition Chair on or before March 1st of each year and can only be made by current SAF members. Eligible candidates must not have passed his/her 35th birthday as of March 1st. This award is limited to SAF members who have demonstrated Evidence of leadership in areas such as school, SAF student chapter, SAF chapter, State Society, SAF National, church, civic organizations, special community projects and in his/her professional position.

To nominate a fellow SAF member for this award please submit a letter of recommendation, biographical sketch (not over 300 words), and no more than three (3) letters of support to the TSAF Professional Recognition Chair. 

How to Nominate a Forester
To nominate a fellow SAF member for either of these awards please submit a letter of recommendation, biographical sketch (not over 300 words), and no more than three (3) letters of support to the TSAF Professional Recognition Chair. Nominations should be sent to:

Joel Hambright
TSAF Professional Recognition Chair
513 State Hwy. 75 North
Huntsville, TX  77320-1121
jhambright@tfs.tamu.edu
fax: 936.291.2035
ph: 936.295.5688
cell: 936.546.3151

Past Recipients of the Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Service to Forestry Award

1962 Ted Silker
1963 A. D. Folweiler
1964 Lud E. King
1965 Donald Young
1966 N. D. Canterbury
1967 Raymond E. Gipson
1968 Lawrence C. Walker
1969 Eddie R. Wagoner
1970 D. A. Anderson
1971 Paul R. Kramer
1972 Charles R. Franklin
1973 Robert Baker
1974 James B. Webster
1975 Victor Bilan
1976 J. B. Wadsworth
1977 Charles W. Robertson
1978 Robert G. Merrifield
1979 Bob Rhodes
1980 John Courtenay
1981 Bruce R. Miles
1982 Stanley L. Lindsey
1983 James B. Hull
1984 Glenn Chancellor
1985 Bobby R. Young
1986 Casey Westell 
1987 Ed Barron
1988 Charles Stealey 
1989 Ken Conaway 
1990 Lanny Dreesen 
1991 Furman Harsdorff 
1992 Mark Erb
1993 John Hale
1994 Stephen W. Adams 
1995 Ken Addy
1996 Joe Fox
1997 R. Scott Beasley 
1998 Ron Hufford
1999 Mike Messina
2000 Herbert A. "Joe" Pase 
2001 Larry Miller
2002 Larry Schaapveld 
2003 Tony Bennett
2004 Ronald Billings
2005 Charles Burditt
2006 Jan Davis
2007 Henry Steitz
2008 Eric L. Taylor
2009 Tom Boggus

Past Recipients of the Forestry Leadership Award

1972 James B. Hull
1973 C. Darwin Foster
1974 Stephen W. Adams
1975 John C. Norris
1976 Gene Myers
1977 Not given
1978 Lin Risner
1979 Ed Barron
1980 Bobby R. Young
1981 Joe Fox
1982 Ernest Smith
1983 Not given
1984 Charles “Boo” Walker
1985 Gary Price
1986 Joann Meyer
1987 Gary Lacox
1988 Mark Erb
1989 David Meriwether 
1995 Pete Smith
1996 Burl Carraway 
1997 Kathy Clock
1998 Michael Best 
1999 Joel Hambright 
2000 Marty Harris 
2001 Wayne Pfluger 
2002 Larry Clendendon 
2003 Angela Cure 
2004 Chris Brown 
2005 Lee Flannery 
2006 Hughes Simpson 
2007 Clay Bales
2008 Kurt R. Krueger 
2009 Wes Moorehead