SESAF Recognizes SREF Extension Associate Dr. Dave Coyle for Excellence in Public Education

On January 30, 2018, SREF Extension Associate Dr. Dave Coyle received the Southeastern Society of American Foresters Award for Excellence in Public Education and Technology Transfer for his work on the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program.

Dave & Bill with SESAF Award

Extension Associate Dr. David Coyle & Southern Regional
Extension Forester Dr. Bill Hubbard

January 30, 2018, Pine Mountain, GA - The Southeastern Society of American Foresters (SESAF) recently recognized Southern Regional Extension Forestry Extension Associate Dr. David Coyle with its Award for Excellence in Public Education and Technology Transfer at their 2018 Annual Meeting. Dr. Coyle received the award, which is given out annually in recognition of educational activities and programs that have significantly advanced public understanding of forests and forestry and/or forestry professionals in the area served by SESAF, for his tireless work on spreading awareness of invasive species and advocating for the latest and most effective forest management techniques in the Southeast through the SREF Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species Outreach and Education Program (FHIS).

Dave, Chris, & Yanshu

Extension Agent Chris Demers, Dr. David Coyle,
& Dr. Yanshu Li

Upon accepting the honor, Dr. Coyle emphasized that all of his work would not have been possible without the support from the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region as well as his collaborators and colleagues at the Southern Group of State Foresters' Forest Health Committee and the 13 Southern Land-Grant University Extension programs (UF IFAS Solutions, UGA Extension, FNR | Clemson Extension, Clemson Extension, NCSU Extension Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, ACES - Forestry, Wildlife, & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University Extension Service, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension (UAEX), and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service).

Please visit southernforesthealth.net for more information about Dr. Coyle's FHIS program and to access resources on forest health and invasive species diagnosis and management in the southeastern United States. FHIS will be hosting 3 live webinars this spring, so be sure to check out southernforesthealth.net/webinars for times, dates, and subjects.

About the Southern Forest Health and Invasive Species outreach and education Program

The FHIS program, created as a partnership between Southern Regional Extension Forestry, the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the US Forest Service under the direction of Dr. David Coyle, curates and creates forest health materials and curriculum focused on the southeastern US to ensure consistent education among state and local Extension agents, state and local forestry agency professionals, and others who are responsible for forest health education in the southeastern region. Follow Dr. Coyle on twitter at @drdavidcoyle and the FHIS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/southernforesthealth/.

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