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College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment alum and Associate Professor, Extension Specialist awarded at Forest Landowner Awards

Auburn University alum Carter Crosby and Extension Specialist and Harry E. Murphy Associate Professor Adam Maggard were recently recognized at the Forest Landowner Awards held by The Forest Landowners Association at its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. These awards celebrate individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and dedication in the field of forest landownership.  

Carter Crosby, a graduate of the Auburn University’s College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment master’s program in forest business and investment, was presented with the “Next Generation Forest Landowner of the Year” award. This recognition celebrates young forest landowners who are actively engaged in managing forestland, either through personal ownership or involvement in a family business. The award acknowledges their stewardship practices, business acumen and commitment to preserving and enhancing forest resources. 

Crosby currently serves as an area manager in Southwest Louisiana, responsible for supervising loblolly and slash plantations. His prior work experience in California, Oregon and Washington brings a fresh perspective and adds value to the daily operations at Crosby Resource Management. 

In addition to Crosby’s recognition, Extension Specialist and Harry E. Murphy Associate Professor Adam Maggard received the “Extension Forester of the Year” award. This recognition pays tribute to individuals who exemplify dedication to landowner education as demonstrated by efforts in presenting or publishing educational materials specifically tailored for private landowners and engages in interactions with private landowners, both on an individual basis and in group settings.   

Maggard prioritizes the instruction and promotion of multi-use management and sustainability, spearheading extension programs targeting professionals and landowners with a specific focus on the financial aspects of forest management. He also supervises the publication of the semiannual Cost and Cost Trends for the Southern Forestry Practices survey in Forest Landowner magazine. 

“We are incredibly proud of Carter and Dr. Maggard for their exceptional achievements and well-deserved recognition by the Forest Landowner Association,” said Janaki Alavalapati, Emmett F. Thompson Dean of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment. “Their commitment to sustainable forest management and their unwavering dedication to education and outreach serve as shining examples for future generations of forest landowners and industry professionals.” 

The Forest Landowner Awards recognize outstanding landowners and forestry professionals contributing to the advancement of the private forest landowner community. The awards recognize the importance of responsible forest management and highlight the exceptional work being done by individuals like Crosby and Maggard. 

(Written by Allison Killingsworth) 

Text summarized from award literature. 

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