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Harold E. Burkhart receives international award for sustainable forest management models

Sept. 11, 2014 – Harold E. Burkhart, a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation since 1969, is the recipient of the 2014 World Congress Host Country Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

IUFRO is a nonprofit international network of forest scientists that promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forests and trees.

“Dr. Burkhart has had an exemplary research, academic, and professional career for more than 40 years,” announced IUFRO. “He has made significant and path-breaking contributions to the development of quantitative models for forecasting forest stand dynamics growth and yield.”

Burkhart, the Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Forestry, is one of 14 University Distinguished Professors at Virginia Tech, where only 1 percent of the faculty receive this honor based on national and international recognition. He has received many awards in science, forest biometrics, and statistical ecology over the years for his research that improved forestry practices, including being named Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of 2013.  (continue reading......)

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