SEP-OCT 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 24 CONFERENCE SHOWCASE he Railway Tie Association awarded three John Mabry Forestry Scholarships to deserving college students: Daniel Eaton, an undergraduate student at University of Kentucky; Ethan Harris, who is attend- ing Oregon State University; and Savolia Spottswood, who is a student at West Virginia University. Daniel Eaton With a 3.98 grade point average in forestry, Daniel Eaton has earned numerous academic honors. He has been named to the Deans List and is a University of Kentucky Patterson Scholar, National Merit Scholar and Eagle Scout. It was on a canoeing trip with his Boy Scout troop in the Minnesota Boundary Waters when Eaton realized he was meant to work in the outdoors and was driven to protect America's forests. He was 17 on that trip. "When I arrived at University of Kentucky as a freshman, I had very little idea what forestry actually was, but I chose to major in it anyway. Over my three years as a forestry major, I have a much firmer grasp on what forestry is and how it is that we go about protecting forests. My perspective on what 'protecting a forest' means has changed quite a bit over these three years. Eaton is a double major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, a program that has given him a broader perspective on the natural resources issues that face the world. Eaton has participated in two research projects at UK, one that involved tree-ring research and another analyzing reforestation on abandoned strip mines in eastern Kentucky. Eaton said he has learned the importance of forests having an economic value. "Before coming to UK, I saw wood products industries solely as a threat to forests, but that is rather shallow view. Rather, these industries provide forests with an economic value, persuading society to value forests and protect them, as opposed to turning them into parking lots, subdivisions, etc.," he said. "My exposure to forest economics has sharpened that drive to protect; I now believe my role in society is to maximize the economic value of forests in an ecologically sustainable manner so that Americans will value their forests as a source of livelihood as well as natural beauty. These are the means by which I am called to protect the forests I was so moved by as a 17-year-old." Eaton said his career path involves pursuing an MBA through UK's one- year program following completion of his bachelor's degree. "I believe that the business knowledge provided by the MBA coupled with the technical knowledge from my forestry and NRES degrees will better enable me to contribute to the growth of Kentucky and America's forest industry." Ethan Harris Studying forest management at Oregon State University, Ethan Harris is also the owner/manager for E. Harris Timber Consulting, where he is responsible for measuring trees and their attributes for inventory and appraisal purposes as well as budget planning and contract acquisition. He has also performed a variety of duties for J.A. Mantle Consulting in a team leader role. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Umpqua Community College Forestry Club. Once Harris earns his bachelor's degree in forest management, he will pursue a master's degree in business. "I hope that by going this route, I will be prepared for a full management position in a company and/or be better prepared to continue my own business and make something good out of it. I want to be able to manage the forests we have left in the United States in a way that is sustainable yet profitable. This will allow us to have places to recreate and have fun, yet still have a living workplace that can benefit us all. If that means I have to specialize in fir management to make sure our forests will be around for generations to come, I will. By making sure our forests are managed properly, it will cause other businesses to be sustained as well, including the railroad industry all the way down to our homes. Our forests and ecosystems are very important to me as a forester, hunter and citizen of this beautiful country." Harris is married to wife Maygen and father two young daughters, Harlow and Coralee. RTA Awards Forestry Scholarships To 3 Deserving Students By Kristen McIntosh Eaton Harris Spottswood T

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