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Forestry Department Timeline
- Catalogs for the College of Agriculture recognized two lines of work — “Agriculture” and “Horticulture and Forestry
- Henry H. McAfee, with a specialty in General Horticulture/Forestry, was hired to head the Department of Horticulture and Forestry.
- First formal course in forestry in the United States offered at Iowa State College
- Department of Horticulture and Forestry named as the first official department in agriculture.
- Professional training in Forestry inaugurated.
- Curriculum in Forestry approved. Led by High P. Baker. Graduating Class—M. Merritt.
- Forestry Club was organized.
- Forestry research established in the Iowa Agriculture Experiment Station.
- First Master of Science degree awarded to M.L. Merritt.
- First issue of the Ames Forester—forestry undergraduate annual publication.
- First Forestry Summer Field Camp Experience held at Cass Lake, Minnesota, under the direction of Gilmour B. MacDonald, on the Chippewa National Forest.
- Professional Master of Forestry degree established for completion of a fifth year of study.
- Forestry Extension is established with T. Bode as Extension Forester.
- Margaret Stoughton Abell becomes the first female to earn a bachelor’s degree in forestry from ISC and one of the first female foresters to be employed by the USFS.
- First year of Society of American Foresters Accreditation.
- First Advance Forestry Field Camp Experience under the direction of Gilmour B. MacDonald held on the Malheur National Forest.
- Forestry separated from Horticulture as the Department of Forestry with Gilmour B. MacDonald as Department Head.
- First Ph.D. degree awarded to Paul Fredrick Hoffman.
- Last Advanced Forestry Field Camp Experience under the direction of Andrew L. McComb held on the Brayton Memorial Forest in Northeast Iowa.
- Forestry 50th Anniversary.
- First use of Thulium X-Ray of trees for the decay.
- McIntire-Stennis funding became available.
- Ph.D. degree with a single major in Forestry offered solely within the Department of Forestry and Master of Forestry degree authorized.
- Outdoor Recreation Curriculum established and led by DeWitt Nelson in the Department of Forestry.
- Forestry Department moves from Curtiss Hall to the newly opened Bessey Hall.
- Forestry Department hosted the 1st Annual Women in Forestry Conference.
- Forestry Extension initiated the “Woodland Owners Newsletter.”
- Iowa State University hosts 31st Annual Midwestern Foresters Conclave. 200 students from seven states competed.
- Renewable Resources Extension Act funds became available.
- Master of Woodland Manager Program initiated in Forestry Extension.
- First genetically modified field test of a woody plant in the world.
- Forestry Camp shifted from summer to Fall Camp.
- Forestry department hosted the 3rd Annual North American Agro-Forestry Conference.
- Community Tree Steward Program initiated in Forestry Extension.
- Urban and Community Forestry option added to forestry curriculum.
- Agroecology Issue Team—Bear Creek Riparian Study Sites designated as a USDA National Research and Demonstration site in 1998 and as a National Restoration Watershed under the Clean Water Action Plan.
- Natural Resource Conservation option added to forestry curriculum.
- Wood Products Group—Soybean-based adhesive resins and composite products utilizing such adhesives US Patents.
- Department of Forestry and Department of Animal Ecology merged with Mike Kelly as Department Executive Officer.
- Dave Engel ‘steps up’ as NREM Department Chair
- First issue of Field Notes, publication of NREM Graduate students.
- Sue Blodgett becomes NREM Department Chair
- Merger of the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters Club combined with Forestry Club
- Society of American Foresters (SAF) Accreditation Review
- 100 Years of ISU Forestry Camps
- VEISHEA is permanently discontinued at ISU
- Mural completed in Room 114 Science II and Adey mural in first floor hallway
- ISU Student Chapter of the SAF and Forestry Club hosted the 65th Annual Midwestern Foresters Conclave at Saylorville Lake.
- Forestry Camp History website is live!