Karen Bennett, UNH Cooperative Extension professor and forest resources specialist, is one of the newest Fellows with the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
Bennett received the honor recently at an awards ceremony held in Bartlett. SAF honors members with the title of Fellow who have provided outstanding contributions to the society and to the forestry profession. The society recognizes only five percent of its members with this honor.
Brad Simpkins, interim director of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, said Bennett has dedicated her career “to helping forest landowners across the state, and this recognition is a testament to all she has done and continues to do. She is a well-respected and well-recognized leader in forest stewardship both in New Hampshire and across the entire northeastern United States.
This well-deserved honor is recognition of the wonderful work Karen has done on behalf of our forests, and the education and guidance she has provided will leave a mark on our forested landscape for years to come.”
In her current position, Bennett develops and delivers educational materials on natural resource topics for non-industrial private forest owners, natural resource professionals, youth, local decision-makers, and general audiences, with a focus on professional development for foresters.
Praise for Bennett
UNH Cooperative Extension Dean and Director John Pike said, “Karen has demonstrated exemplary leadership for our organization over a 30-year period. She is recognized among her peers as a leader in forestry education not only in New Hampshire, but throughout the New England region.”
Bennett was the first female UNH Cooperative Extension forester. She has been a New Hampshire licensed forester since 1990 and an SAF-certified forester since 2002. She became an SAF member in 1984.
Northam Parr, Extension Educator Emeritus, provided his support to the nomination, saying, “Karen’s dedication, knowledge and leadership have produced significant advancements within our profession and SAF, and profoundly influenced forest policy, education and technology transfer, and the application of sustainable forest stewardship in New Hampshire and the New England region.”
Jane Difley, president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and an SAF Fellow, said Bennett is “a long-time stalwart of forestry education and a prime promoter of sustainable forestry in New Hampshire and the Northeast. She’s organized training sessions for SAF meetings, field trips for the public, educational events for foresters and served on the state’s licensing board. It was Karen’s organizational skills that shepherded the second edition of Good Forestry in the Granite State to completion.”
Bennett has been involved in SAF at the state, regional and national levels. For the Granite State Division, she chaired the education committee from 1987-1993 and served on the executive committee, moving from secretary/treasurer to chair during her four-year participation.
Bennett is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 Integrity in Conservation award from the New England Society of American Foresters, the 2011 Partnership Excellence award from the N.H. Natural Resources Conservation Service, the 2009 UNH Presidential Award of Excellence, the 2000 Career Leadership award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals and the New Hampshire Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year in 1989.
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