The Institute of Chartered Foresters has awarded Dr Don C. Bragg, Research Forester and Project Leader at US Forest Service, Monticello, the 2017 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture – for advancing the knowledge of silviculture.
Dr Don has received this prestigious award in recognition of his paper entitled: The development of uneven-aged southern pine silviculture before the Crossett Experimental Forest (Arkansas, USA), published in Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, Volume 90, Issue 3. The Editors believe this is an outstanding paper which demonstrates our knowledge of the subject. The paper is a model of clarity and has provided a real challenge to the policy and practice of silviculture.
On hearing the news, Dr Bragg said: “I am deeply honoured by the recognition of the Editors of Forestry for my paper on early silvicultural work in this remote corner of the United States. For one who loves the history of forestry – and loves to share what I learn – receiving the Silviculture Prize is immensely gratifying and encouraging.”
Dr Gary Kerr, Editor-in-Chief of Forestry, commented: “This paper is an engaging historical review of the development of uneven-aged silviculture in Arkansas, USA during the early part of the twentieth century. We recommend all professional foresters in the UK set aside a couple of hours and immerse themselves in a delightful account, diligently researched, of the work of two pioneering foresters.”
2017 Silvicultural Prize-winning paper is available to read in full on the Forestry website.