Fall 2022 Newsletter
WE ARE PROFOUNDLY SADDENED THIS FALL BY THE LOSS OF TWO of our FREC giants, Drs. Harold Burkhart and Greg Buhyoff. Harold was still busily at work in FREC, and Greg was enjoying retirement with his family in the beautiful state of Maine. Much has been said and will continue to be recounted of their lives and accomplishments, and I hope that you will take the time to consider their stories (story and link in this issue). In reflecting on their lives, it is easy to focus on the gaping holes left by the losses, and it is absolutely right to remember, to wonder at all they packed into their careers and lives, to tell our own stories of experiences with them, and to miss them. At the same time, I don’t have to tell you that both of them left enormous legacies that we all share in some way. They explored and pioneered so much for us. They educated, mentored, and befriended so many of us. They labored and advocated for a program that trained, established, and sustained us. They shared their time and wisdom so generously with us. They fostered a culture of humble and collaborative excellence. They included us and they spread that culture across the nation and the globe in our field. No doubt we will remember them in the days, weeks, and hopefully years to come, but I think we can honor them and their memories above all by looking forward to and embracing the people, the opportunities, and the challenges that lie ahead for us, and that will give us the chance to continue in some way to build on the legacy and culture that Greg Buhyoff and Harold Burkhart have left for us.
As always, thank you for your support and friendship!
Dr. Greg Buhyoff (Copyright: Matt Buhyoff, 2022 from website)
Dr. Greg Buhyoff, retired FREC Emeritus Faculty and Julian N. Cheatham Professor of Forestry, passed away on October 30. He was 74 years old, and his son and grandson were by his side when he passed.
Below is the first sentence from a memorial website that was published by Greg's son, Matt Buhyoff, with a link to the site. Our condolences to the Buhyoff family.
My Pop, Gregory James Buhyoff, was born on September 22, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in a working class corner of Dearborn, a suburb adjacent to Detroit and home to the Ford Motor Company. Visit the website.
Highlights: teaching, research, and extension
Article ItemBuilding the tools to make environmental data more accessible and forecasts more accurate , article
Quinn Thomas will be leading Virginia Tech’s efforts as part of a $3.2 million National Science Foundation project that will develop the DeCODER platform to assist researchers in predicting environmental change.
Video ItemForestry students learn to use a versatile tool , video
Students in Carolyn Copenheaver's Forest Ecology and Silvics class are learning how to use a very versatile tool. "One of the skills that I think is really important for them to learn is how to identify plants using a taxonomic key," said Copenheaver. "And then they're able to take that tool, and anywhere they get a job in the world, then they're able to identify the plants that they're working with."
Article ItemFall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours flourish in the commonwealth , article
Virginia forest landowners are invited to participate in fall networking and educational tours to learn more about sustainably managing natural resources.
Video ItemTracking carbon sequestration in forests is more than meets the eye , video
Brian Strahm teaches his students that forests are a lot more than just trees, leaves, and soil. The professor in the College of Natural Resources and Environment shows how forest growth naturally captures carbon dioxide in the environment.
Spotlight: faculty, staff, and students
Article ItemJeff Marion earns the U.S. Department of Interior’s highest award , article
Marion, an adjunct professor in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and a pioneering recreation ecologist known for "Leave No Trace in the Outdoors,” is honored for a career protecting and preserving America’s greatest natural assets.
Article ItemVirginia Generation NEXT - Family Forest Education Award , article
Generation NEXT project won the national Family Forest Education Award for an Individual Program in 2022. The award is jointly presented by the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) and the National Woodland Owners Association (NWOA). The award was announced at the recent Society of American Foresters meeting in Baltimore.
Article ItemStern receives prestigious international award for research on environmental education , article
Drs. Marc J. Stern and Robert Powell received a prestigious international award for research on environmental education. They were presented the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award at this year’s annual conference in Tuscon, AZ.
Career change leads to fun times making wine for alumni couple
Additional alumni news
Article ItemAlumni spotlight: Joe Ferguson ’77 spends a career training wildland firefighters , article
Joe Ferguson retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2008, after serving 32 years in roles including incident commander of the Atlanta-based National Incident Management Team, assistant director of fire and aviation for the U.S. Forest Service’s southern region, fire staff officer for the National Forests in Florida, and founding director of NIPFTC.
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Sections in this newsletter
- Featured stories
- From the Department Head
- Passing of Dr. Greg Buhyoff
- Highlights: teaching, research, extension
- Spotlight: faculty, staff, and students
- Alumni news
- How to donate
Newsletter designer and coordinator: Tracey Sherman
Newsletter editor: Kathryn Hollandsworth
Newsletter photos and core stories: FREC faculty and CNRE / VT / Public news releases
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