Assistant Professor Scott Barrett received the Society of American Foresters’ 2015 Young Forester Leadership Award. Established in 1984, the award recognizes a young forestry professional’s outstanding leadership supporting forestry and SAF, the world’s largest professional society for foresters.

Barrett coordinates the SHARP (Sustainable Harvesting and Resource Professional) Logger Program, which provides training to loggers, foresters, and others on the principles of sustainable forestry, workplace safety, and environmental protection. He provides overall leadership for the statewide program and works with Extension agents, volunteer leaders, and instructors to implement and evaluate training programs, develop new curriculum, and ensure a quality statewide training program. Over 3,500 people have completed the training since 1996.

A member of SAF since 2002, Barrett is currently serving his second term as chair of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the society’s Virginia Division. He received the Young Forest Leadership Award from the society’s Appalachian region before being recognized at the national level.