MONTICELLO, Ark. — We all start somewhere. As an educator, Dr. James Guldin started his forestry education journey here at the University of Arkansas at Monticello at the School of Forestry. The sojourn ended last month, 38 years later, with his induction to the Arkansas Division of the Ouachita Chapter of the Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame. Guldin received the award on August 31 at the Vines Center in Ferndale.
Dr. Guldin spent 11 years celebrating the green of the forests and UAM. He joined UAM School of Forestry as an assistant professor in 1982 and was promoted in 1987 to associate professor. Guldin said, “There wasn’t a better place in the country to be a silviculture professor other than UAM in the latter part of the 20th century. It was fascinating.” Guldin said he taught more than 200 UAM graduates during that time. “It was a wonderful time to teach silviculture in south Arkansas,” Guldin added, “the local timber companies were practicing a variety kinds of forestry. Georgia Pacific was still doing shelterwood management on a 45-year rotation. Deltic Farm and Timber had 400 thousand acres in Union County and 100 thousand acres in the Ouachita’s, and they were doing classic Crossett-style uneven aged silviculture.” Georgia Pacific was doing prescribed burning effectively, and International Paper was clear-cutting and planting.
What Guldin liked about the UAM forestry program- was that “it really prepared students for that first forestry job. It would get people hired. UAM positions people to do a better job in their careers, particularly when it comes to verbal communications. A lot of UAM students can sell; they learn the gift of conversational ability,” said Guldin.
Guldin said high points at UAM were his participation in the forestry club and summer camps. In these forestry summer camps; he and other faculty would take students to the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests and teach ecology. Guldin said summer camps were required back then, but many students now get [practical forest experience] summer jobs. He said field tours to the Buffalo River and the diverse whelm of silviculture were also focal points of his field trips with students.
Guldin left UAM in 1991 to work on a major ecosystem management project with the Ouachita National Forest. In 1992 he accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture, Southern Research Station as a Research Ecologist. Guldin held various leadership positions for the next 20 years until 2019, when the Southern Research Station went through a strategic realignment. Guldin holds forestry degrees from Pennsylvania State University (BS 1975), Yale (MFA 1977), and University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. 1982). Guldin officially retired in December 2020 and now resides in Springfield, Missouri.
The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education, and technology, promoting professional excellence while ensuring the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity.
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.
Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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