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Ben Knapp Earns Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Outstanding Young Alumni Award

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have excelled in professional and civic accomplishments and have graduated from Purdue FNR within the last 15 years. Ben Knapp, who earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Purdue in 2003, is an associate professor of silviculture in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. After…

H.E. “Hank” Stelzer receives 2020 Karkhagne Award

H.E. “Hank” Stelzer, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and state forestry Extension specialist, received the 2020 Karkhagne Award for outstanding service to professional forestry and to the Missouri Society of American Foresters. The Missouri Society of American Foresters has selected the name and image of the Karkhagne to represent its highest honor in recognizing a forester for…

Ben Knapp Receives Early Investigator Researcher Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Ben Knapp, associate professor of silviculture, received the Early Investigator Researcher Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Knapp joined CAFNR in 2012 after earning his PhD from Clemson University. In addition to his duties as a professor, Knapp was named superintendent of the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center in 2015. Knapp has…

After Hours: In Harmony

Hank Stelzer is member of Columbia-based barbershop chorus

Last Saturday, a man who had been singing for less than a year took the stage before a packed ballroom in Jefferson City and performed songs for the crowd in a straw hat, bowtie, and suspenders. That man is state forestry extension specialist for the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou, Hank Stelzer, who has recently become a part of…

Tree Spirited

Two students help Mizzou achieve designation

The Arbor Day foundation, “the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees,” has recently recognized the conservation efforts of Mizzou by honoring the university with the Tree Campus USA designation. By receiving this title, Mizzou joins a growing list of universities around the country that have taken steps to promote “healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the…

Great Wines and Whiskey Begin in Missouri White Oak Forests

Missouri rolls out the barrels for spirits industry

Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests. University of Missouri Extension forester Hank Stelzer shared Missouri’s role in wine and spirit production during the recent White Oak, Whiskey & Wine tour. Due to popular demand and positive reviews, Stelzer plans to make it an annual event. Tourgoers visited the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area at…

An Expanding Enterprise

The art of mushroom forest farming

Agroforestry incorporates trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems. The goal is to create environmental, economic and social benefits across the farm. One of those agroforestry practices is mushroom forest farming, where landowners can generate an extra income – or extra food – through growing their own varieties of mushrooms in a forest farming practice. Gregory Ormsby Mori,…

Watching Wildfires

SNR team researching how climate influences wildfire frequency

A team of researchers from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ School of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service are continuing an effort to research how climate influences wildfire frequency. The group, which includes Richard Guyette, Michael Stambaugh, Daniel Dey and Rose-Marie Muzika, developed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model (PC2FM) just a few…

One In A Million

SNR graduate honored by National Wildlife Federation

For David Calandro (B.S. ’16), it was not a complicated process to be named the National Conservation Youth Leader of the Year. “Well I got a phone call and was told, ‘Hey you got nominated for an award,’ and then I was called a couple months later and was told, ‘Hey you won the award,’” the Joplin native said, then…

A ‘Global Journey’

CAFNR alumnus finds path to success in nation's capital

Bob Dixon will never forget the words from an Allied Corporation official after seeing his research for the first time. “I’ve got money burning holes in my pockets,” the executive said. “How do we sponsor this research at the University of Missouri?” Shortly thereafter Dixon, a soon-to-graduate master’s student in forestry in the spring of 1979, agreed to a contract…