SWREC director named Society of American Foresters Fellow

Nov. 13, 2014
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By Fred Miller, Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-5647, fmiller@uark.edu

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Dr. Vic Ford, director, Southwest Research and Extension Center
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HOPE, Ark. — Vic Ford, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center, was named a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

The recognition honors SAF members who have made outstanding contributions to the society and the forestry profession. The title of Fellow is awarded to about 5 percent of the society’s membership.

Ford is a northeast Tennessee native and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. He has studied forest soils, productivity, and weed control for 35 years.

He spent five years as an extension forester at the Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center at Hope. After that, Ford worked 20 years for Westvaco and later MeadWestvaco in Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, and Texas as a scientist and project leader.

In 2008, Ford returned to Hope as director and professor at SWREC. The center conducts research in forestry, beef cattle, horticulture, plant pathology, and row crops with a faculty of four professors and 25 support staff.

Ford has over 80 publications and presentations and is a recognized expert on ethics in forestry, forest health, and the role of policy in agriculture.

Ford has been secretary and chair for the Society of American Foresters’ Silviculture Working Group, has served on and chaired the society’s ethics committee and the certification review board. He has served as chair and chair-elect for the Southwest Arkansas Chapter, chair-elect for the West Virginia SAF and was a reviewer for the society’s Ethics Manual.

He was awarded Forestry Educator of the Year for the Ouachita Society of American Foresters in 2013 and named Fellow in 2014.

Ford volunteers at the Christian Charitable Clinic, is a past president of the Hope Rotary Club, and is the vice president of the Hope-Hempstead Chamber of Commerce. He is working with Hope High School in the formation of Career Academies for grades 10-12.

Founded in 1900, The Society of American Foresters is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.

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