Books by Alumni
February 15, 2013
Lawton Grinter (’02 M.S. in forestry) authored his first book, “I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking.” This collection of short stories describes his experiences over 10 years of hiking, including end-to-end hikes on the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Grinter, a forester for the Colorado Forest Service, also filmed, edited, and produced the film “The Walkumentary,” which documented his 2006 southbound Continental Divide Trail hike.
Everett H. Stephenson Jr. (’77 M.S. in industrial forestry operations) published “Innovation,” a collection of short stories about people who attempt to use new technology to shape their worlds. Known during his career as “the most prolific industrial forestry innovator in the United States,” Stephenson worked on projects as diverse as mechanical felling saws and on-board truck scales to a mechanized system for collecting and processing pine cuttings for clonal reproduction. He published the novel “Resolution” in 2008.
David Van Lear (’63 B.S. and M.S. in forestry and wildlife) penned “Memories Made and Lessons Learned During a Lifetime of Angling,” in which he recounts stories of fishing across the country and shares insight into this lifelong passion. Van Lear worked as professor of forestry at Clemson University for 35 years, focusing on the effects of forest practices on forest growth, water quality, wildlife habitat, and soil productivity. He has also worked with the organization Trout Unlimited to help protect water ecosystems.