November 25, 2020

Texas Forestry Association Announces Dr. Paula Griffin as PLT Leadership In Education Award Winner


SFASU Associate Professor Dr. Paula Griffin, center, receives the Texas Project Learning Tree Leadership in Education award, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, from Dr. Alan Sowards, Dr. Cheryl Boyette, Beverly Richard, Jacey Tosh, Jordan Herrin, and John Boyette during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

LUFKIN, TEXASTexas Forestry Association presented the Project Learning Tree (PLT) Leadership in Action Award, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific to Dr. Paula Griffin during the Association’s annual convention held Oct 16-18, 2019, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

“Dr. Griffin began serving as a volunteer with Bugs, Bees, Butterflies, and Blossoms (BBBB) in Spring of 2008,” said John Boyette, co-coordinator of Texas PLT. “BBBB is a partnership program between Texas PLT and Stephen F. Austin State University Elementary Education Department to train pre-service teachers in PLT. Partnering with the SFASU Gardens and area schools, these new PLT educators provide four days of PLT activities for classroom teachers and their elementary students.”

In 2010, Dr. Griffin assisted in the development of a hybrid PLT training combining on-line training with face-to-face training during the required campus visit. During her Fall semester Dr. Griffin’s students also participate in a partnership with Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, where they learn additional PLT activities and developed outdoor lessons that are taught to area upper elementary students.

Dr. Griffin also assisted in the development of Wild About Science (WAS), the newest PLT partnership at SFASU that focuses on how to use PLT to meet state mandates in science content and skills.

After finding that pre-service teachers that participated in PLT training and an outdoor teaching even had significant gains in content knowledge and science teaching efficacy, Dr. Griffin made the PLT PreK-8 Guide one of her required textbooks.

She has served on the Texas PLT Steering Committee since 2014, bringing valuable academic experience and knowledge to our efforts. She also served on the Texas Forestry Literacy Plan Committee and she has received funding through SFASU Faculty Research Grants to conduct research on the impact of PLT contributing to the growing wealth of knowledge on the importance of environmental education in teaching. 

In March of 2018 she presented her experience and research at the twelfth Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. This presentation was then published in the July 2019 Journal of Forestry. She continues to share her knowledge and passion for PLT and teaching outdoors through her connections with professional educator organizations. She will be presenting on Wild About Science, on October 24th in Norfolk Virginia, at the Kappa Delta Pi International Convocation.

“Dr. Griffin is a true visionary with a passion for environmental education,” said Boyette “She has proven her commitment to PLT through her innovative use of the curriculum to train pre-service teachers, while simultaneously impacting area school children.”

ABOUT:

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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Texas Forestry Association Presents Excellence in Wood Design Award To Fredonia Brewery and Texas Farm Credit

LUFKIN, TEXASTexas Forestry Association (TFA) presented the annual Excellence in Wood Design Awards to Fredonia Brewery in Nacogdoches and Texas Farm Credit in Brenham during the organization’s annual conference held Oct. 16-18, 2019, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Excellence in Wood Design award has been presented for fifty-two years as a positive outreach program for TFA. The main criteria for the nominations include the projects must be located in Texas and they must have been completed within the past five years. This year, the award was presented in two categories: Special Project and Commercial.

“The Fredonia Brewery received the special project nomination for its creative use of existing wooden structures,” said Rob Hughes, TFA Executive Director. “Though the main building which houses the brewery is metal, it was situated in the middle of the property to maximize the use of the existing wooden garden building, pergola and arbor design that were part of the Dragon Fly Nursery. The garden building is made of pine lumber and shiplap siding. The pergola and arbor are made of pine lumber as well and stained dark in color.”

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Paul Murray and Vince Beard receive the award for Excellence in Wood Design, Special Project, from members of the TFA Marketing Committee: John Boyette, Robert Christ, David Macher, Ed Dougal and Jeff Zwolinski during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Inside, the bar surround is timber framed local pine built by Red Suspenders and uses no nails or screws in its construction. The huge, heavy pine beam framing, which displays the beauty of the bar is held together by mortise & tenon construction. The bar top is made from a few very large pieces of local black walnut harvested after a massive lighting strike hit the tree.

Vince Beard, Paul Murray and some of Paul’s Coast Guard friends, and Chris and Jacob Philbrook, built thirty tables and sixty benches for seating both inside and out. These benches and tables were all constructed of pressure-treated loblolly pine from 4”x4”s, 2”x4”s and 2”x6”s, cut into pieces utilizing different types of rabbet joinery. The wood for the tables and benches was all obtained from Cal-Tex Lumber Company.

Texas Farm Credit, located in Brenham, Texas, received the award for the Commercial category. The structure was completed in July 2019 and serves as a regional administrative location for the rural lending cooperative while housing home mortgage and administrative personnel, in addition to agricultural lending officers.

COMMERCIAL AWARD PHOTO:
John Carpenter with Texas Farm Credit and architects Kelsie Srnensky and Eric Opperman, front row, receive the award for Excellence in Wood Design, Special Project, from , from members of the TFA Marketing Committee: John Boyette, Robert Christ, David Macher, Ed Dougal and Jeff Zwolinski, during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

“Fine wood products, provided by Elder Hardwoods, play a dominate role throughout the design of the building,” said Hughes. “The aesthetic goal of the project was to invoke the nostalgia of a 1900s farmhouse, pieced together to show growth over generations.”

On the exterior, rough cypress is used for board and batten cladding to emphasize the “barn” which protrudes from the “house.” On the interior, they showcase several diverse species such as cypress, walnut, pecan, and a mixed species blend on the conference room ceiling and coat nook. Additional main sources of wood used throughout include the building structure, interior doors, and trim.

The project architect is Singleton Zimmer Haliburton Architecture, and Collier Construction built the facility. The project displays a welcoming rough cypress barn door feature on the outside and a finely crafted pecan and walnut accounts desk inside. It has stained board and batten siding, exposed tongue and groove porch roof decks with exposed rafters, and 14”x16” solid cypress timber silo door jambs and header. The sheer size and girth of the post and beam convey a sense of solidarity, meant to withstand the test of time. Solid wood doors, louvers, trellis, live edge mantle and window seat, coat nook, and the multi-species conference room ceiling continue to spread their beauty throughout. Finally, handcrafted hardwood tables complete the building interior.

“The project presents wood as a forefront material, used to accentuate different areas of the design to give each space its own character,” said Hughes. “The use of various species brings diversity in materials yet allows cohesion when the project is viewed as a whole. The inherent warmth the wood brings about makes this project feel like home and creates a space worth coming to work in every day.”

ABOUT:

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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Texas Forestry Association Presents Outstanding Logger Award To Tommy Cunningham Logging

TFA Logging Council Chair Tim Rodrigues, front row in red shirt, presents Tommy Cunningham with the Outstanding Logger of the Year award during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas. Surrounding them are Cunningham’s son Jimmy Loftin, daughter Heather Wallet, wife Ouida. Back row: Phil Ferguson, Dave Duren with TFA Logging Council, Robert Wilson, and Shane Bergman with Rayonier.

LUFKIN, TEXASTexas Forestry Association (TFA) presented Tommy Cunningham Logging with the Texas Logging Council Outstanding Logger of the Year award during the organization’s annual conference held Oct. 16-18, 2019, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Tommy Cunningham is the owner of Cunningham Wood Products located in Spurger, TX. It began in 1980 when Tommy, in middle school, asked his father, John Thomas Cunningham, to let him work full time on his logging job.

Cunningham Wood Products has grown in size and influence and now employs three business clerks, one graduate forester, sixteen loggers (eleven of which are Texas Pro Loggers), eleven drivers, and three mechanics all covered by workers compensation and general liability. Employees are offered health and life insurance with supplemental coverage.

“When Tommy speaks of his employees, he lovingly refers to them as ‘my men.’ He views employing thirty people as making provision for thirty or more families,” said Rob Hughes, TFA Executive Director. “The relationship between CWP and the local business community is unprecedented and to list just a few examples just doesn’t seem adequate. They provide all the fuel to the Spurger VFD; sponsor multi county youth programs, such as baseball, basketball, soccer, and 4H other programs; the Zavalla Food Pantry; as well as, various other local churches and ministries.”

CWP does various types of harvesting including plantation thinning, single-tree selection, and clearcutting. Forest management plans are executed accurately and in a timely manner. The company also adheres to sustainable forest management by following Texas Best Management Practices for long-term health and productivity of the land. Tommy was nominated for this award by Robert Wilson with FRC, and Shane Bergman with Rayonier.

Cunningham Wood Products is truly a family run operation whereby his wife, Ouida serves as the Office Manager, his mom, Betty Cunningham and daughter, Heather Wallet conduct office clerical duties. Son Jimmy Loftin, brother Marion Cunningham, and nephew Johnny Cunningham work on woods crews, and Uncle Robert Glaze serves as one of the shop mechanics. In addition to Cunningham Wood Products, he fulfills his true passion as Pastor of End Time Full Gospel Church in Jasper, Texas. Tommy’s family and friends will tell you his life is a sermon of perseverance and a testimony of God’s love.

ABOUT:

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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Texas Forestry Association Announces J. Andrew And Susan Rice As 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers Of The Year

J. Rice receives the Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year Award from Jason Ellis, Texas Tree Farm Chair, during the association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

LUFKIN, TEXASTexas Forestry Association (TFA) announced J. Andrew and Susan Rice as the 2019 Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year during the organization’s annual conference held Oct. 16-18, 2019, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

“J. Rice has an evident love of the land and values it’s rich history,” said Rob Hughes, TFA Executive Director. “J. took everything he learned from his father and grandfather and has applied it to his property to protect soil erosion and sustainability.”

The Rice’s Certified Tree Farm was nominated by their Consulting Forester, Stephen Dantzler. Their Tree Farm consists of  114 acres in Liberty County near Dayton. Though the Tree Farm is somewhat new in the certification program, it has been under written management since 1994. The Tree Farm is a multiple use-sustained yield timber and wildlife management property for producing timber income and family recreation. A portion of the land has a history beginning with J.’s great grandfather who moved to East Texas from Missouri in 1880.

“J. has created a biological diverse ecosystem by planting cypress along water courses and creating a newly planted mixed hardwood and pine forest,” said Hughes. “A more mature stand is two-thirds pine plantation and one-third natural mixed hardwood/pine.”

ABOUT:

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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Texas Forestry Association Presents John Boyette With 2019 Make A Difference Award

John Boyette receives the Make a Difference award from Michael Easley during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held October 16-18, 2019 held at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

LUFKIN, TEXASTexas Forestry Association (TFA) presented John Boyette, forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, with the 2019 Make A Difference award during the organization’s annual conference held Oct. 16-18, 2019, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

‘The award was started several years ago, and it is not one that is given every year,” said Jason Ellis, Chair of TFA’s Tree Farm Committee. “This year, however, we have a person who has been with us a long time and has accomplished so much for not only Tree Farm certification, but for the landowners he has served.”

Since 1992, Boyette has certified 26 new tree farms, decertified 28 tree farms, and recertified 125 tree farms. In addition, he has served as Area Chair for many years thus ensuring the work of the Tree Farm Committee and the requirements of the American Tree Farm System are carried out.  

Boyette has received many Tree Farm inspector awards over the years, however, he has one significant legacy.

ABOUT:

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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TEXAS FORESTRY ASSOCIATION HOSTS 2019 OUTSTANDING TREE FARM OF THE YEAR FIELD TOUR

LUFKIN, TX – The Texas Forestry Association will host a tour to highlight the selection of Harold and Mary Jane Denson’s 341-acre tree farm, in Smith County as the 2019 Texas Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Densons manage their Tree Farm, located near Arp, Texas, for timber income, wildlife habitat and hunting, recreation and aesthetic value.

The tour will begin with a history of this generational tree farm which has been in the family for 151 years. The tour will also include information regarding open land planting, reforestation, soils stability, improvement thinning and more. The importance of fire lane maintenance and erosion control will also be discussed, and the Densons, as well as professional foresters, will be on hand to answer any questions landowners might present.

Participants are asked to wear outside attire and comfortable shoes/boots for walking to the stations. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 150 participants and registration is required to reserve your spot. Register online by clicking the Events tab on texasforestry.org or please call 1-866-TXTREES, 936-632-8733 or email tfa@texasforestry.org. with your name, mailing address and the number attending.

ABOUT: Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for over 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

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Texas Forestry Association Recognizes Brian Babin as 2017 Legislator of the Year

 LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association presented Senator Brian Babin with the Legislator of The Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Tyler County Courthouse in Woodville, Texas.

“We are very proud to present this award to Dr. Babin,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “His support was invaluable as we worked together to keep the industries that support forestry in perspective as the I-69 transportation system progresses.”

Dr. Babin serves the 36th District which covers nine counties. He has been appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space and represents the interests of Johnson Space Center that is located in the district. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Environment.

“I am very grateful to have been presented with the Texas Forestry Association’s Legislator of the Year Award,” Rep. Babin said. “The forestry industry plays a critical role in our local and national economy, particularly in East Texas. As one of our area’s top employers, I am committed to advancing policies that support out timber industry.”

Dr. Babin provided legislative support that helped grandfather in existing weight limits to the I-69 infrastructure, maintaining a current weight limit for motor carriers to haul up to 84,000 pounds with the appropriate permit. This promotes an economic benefit to all of East Texas as motor carriers do not have to find alternate routes to reach their destinations.

“We strive to be an integral link for landowners, providing them with information on laws and issues that affect them,” Hufford said. “We are grateful for the work Rep. Babin has done to protect the interests of our members.”

MIKE BIRD ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF TEXAS FORESTRY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

mike-birdMONTGOMERY, TEXAS – Mike Bird of Center, Texas has been elected Vice President of Texas Forestry Association (TFA).  He was recommended by TFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to fill the position in 2017 during TFA’s annual convention held Oct. 26-28, 2016 at La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas.

 

“Mike Bird brings a proven and successful background in land management consultation,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA.  “We look forward to working with him as TFA creates new partnerships with both private and commercial forest landowners.”

 

Bird is a 1975 graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. In 1979, he founded Bird Forestry Services as a traditional forestry consulting firm offering services to private non-industrial landowners in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

 

As his business grew, Bird recognized other natural resource opportunities associated with land management including reclamation and restoration, enhancement, and preservation. As a result, in 1989, he created Silva-Tech/South, Inc. as a vegetation and management reforestation business. In 1994, Bird, along with Terry Anderson, created Advances Ecology, Ltd, an environmental consulting firm.

 

In 2015, he merged Bird Forestry with Sam Crawford and The Crawford Forestry Group to form Bird & Crawford Forestry. Today, Bird is actively involved in both Bird & Crawford Forestry and Advanced Ecology, serving as CEO for Advanced Ecology, Ltd. And Silva-Tech/South, Inc.

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Mike Bird was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors during Texas Forestry Association’s annual convention held Oct. 26-28, 2016 at La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas.  

 

ABOUT: 

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource. 

Texas Forestry Association Welcomes Dave Duren as Texas Logging Council Coordinator

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Photo: Misty Boggs | MSGPR

Texas Forestry Association (TFA) is pleased to welcome Dave Duren of Lufkin as the Texas Logging Council Coordinator, an affiliation of private business men and women who make their living from the harvesting and delivery of wood fiber to forest products mills all over East Texas.

“We are very happy to welcome Dave Duren to the TFA staff,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “His experience and passion for forestry makes him a strong liaison for TFA and the Logging Council which work together to improve relationships with landowners, loggers, and municipalities.”

“I’m honored to be selected as the new Coordinator,” said Duren. “I want to work with loggers and other forestry professionals to help East Texas continue to be a great place to live.”

Duren began a life-long career in the woods by going out with his father and grandfather, both foresters who passed on a passion to see Texas forests thrive for generations. He later worked for and as a partner with his father, “a priceless experience. He was the best in every way.”

“I remember being in high school and passing a clear-cut with my grandfather,” said Duren. “He was a career forester and seeing the mismanagement of that tract brought him to tears. I really hadn’t thought about taking care of the forest until I was taught Best Management Practices and learned that we have to protect and manage Texas forests through education and conservation.”

After a year of college, Duren worked full-time in the logging industry until 2010. As a logger, Duren has worked with Southland Paper and Temple-Inland. One of his sons, Daniel, “is carrying the flag” and runs his own logging and trucking operation.

Duren is a charter member and past president of Chapter 3 of the Texas Logging Council, which is dedicated to the preservation of East Texas’ wood-based economy, and its legislative efforts are designed to keep men and women working. He is also the 2003 recipient of TFA’s Texas Logger of the Year Award.

“I want to work with Logging Council members to build a positive image of logging in the public eye,” said Duren. “Together we can increase the understanding and awareness of industry best management practices that have made me and others better stewards of the land.”

The Texas Logging Council is a council under the Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, which promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

God Save America Rally at The Villages

For more information, contact Lee Miller, MSGPR 936-637-7593 ext 21

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Rally to Focus on Voter Engagement

The Villages, FL- Vision America and The Villages Tea Party will host a “God Save America Rally” Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5 5:30pm at the Savannah Recreation Center at 1545 Buena Vista Blvd. in The Villages, FL.  Decorated war veteran Tim Lee along with Vision America’s Rick Scarborough will be the evening’s guest speakers.   Admission is free.

“Our freedoms are in jeopardy and now more than ever, Christians must stand up and be counted,” says Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America. “America needs The Church to stand up and be involved in the political process.”

Tim Lee, the rebellious teenager and son of a Baptist minister severed two lower limbs in a land mine explosion during the Vietnam was, and was placed in a wheelchair for life. After his call to preach in 1973, and following a year of itinerant evangelistic preaching, Tim Lee pastored for five years in southern Illinois before surrendering to the full-time ministry of evangelism in 1979. The results in the lives of people were almost immediate as the former Marine began to stir and challenge God’s people across the country. They hear a clear, uncompromising message grounded deep in old fashioned patriotism, righteous living and biblical revival.

Rick Scarborough holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Houston Baptist University, with a double major in Political Science and Speech. In 1998 he founded Vision America and in 2008 he published the widely acclaimed book appropriately titled “Enough is Enough.”

Vision America’s mission is to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation. Additional information is available online at www.visionamerica.org.

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