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Strine will be honored by Society of American Foresters

8/27/2013

Special to the HDN

The Society of American Foresters has announced James H. Strine, district forester with the Kansas Forest Service, will receive one of 10 2013 Presidential Field Forester Awards.

The award recognizes individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill, and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.

Strine began his career as a research assistant with the Kansas State University Department of Forestry. Then, in 1978, he accepted the position of district forester with the Kansas Forest Service. In this capacity, he works in 24 counties in northwest Kansas, and his primary duties include working with private landowners, communities, and government agencies. He provides technical assistance for rural landowners in windbreak design, windbreak management, riparian tree planting, timber management, and insect and disease diagnosis and control recommendations. He also provides assistance to the communities in his district by assisting in tree selection, proper planting and pruning techniques, and hazard tree identification. Strine also works with other agencies within his district and is a technical service provider for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, providing assistance for requests made by Kansas State University extension agents, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism wildlife biologists, and various other personnel from public and private entities.

In addition to these duties, Strine puts a high priority on educating the young people in his district. He serves as the coordinator of the forestry section of the Kansas Environthon and since 1998 he has participated in the annual SAF-sponsored Walk in the Woods, held in south-central Kansas. During that time, he has worked with more than 3,000 students.

Strine and the nine other award recipients will be recognized at the 2013 SAF National Convention, Oct. 23 to 27 in Charleston, S.C.