Harold E. Burkhart, University Distinguished Professor and the Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Forestry, was named Forest Champion of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association. The honor is bestowed upon individuals who have madea significant contribution to the private forest landowner community through research, legislative, or regulatory efforts at the local or national level.

“Dr. Burkhart’s commitment to the continued advancement of private forest landowners through his service to the Forest Landowner Association is unquestionable, and we are sincerely thankful for his many valuable contributions over the years,” said Scott Jones, the association’s CEO.

Burkhart, whose contributions to the advancement of forest growth are unprecedented, has led the way in developing new methodology for tree and stand modeling and elucidating the complex mathematical relationships between modelsof differing levels.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Forest Landowner Association, which promotes sustainable forest management on private land throughout the United States,” he remarked. Among his many career achievements and honors, Burkhart was recognized as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist in 2013.