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Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
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A lot of Warnell students spent their childhoods outside -- hunting, fishing and generally just being in the woods. But not Michael Homer. Growing up in metro Atlanta, he says, he didn't have that "traditional natural resources enthusiasts' background." And yet he was drawn to animals and the outdoors, he says, although he used to think he wanted to be a zoological veterinarian. It was an ecology class that changed his mind.

"I realized how much I enjoyed conservation and the positive impact I could make," Homer said. He transferred to #UGA in 2005 and enrolled at Warnell. Now working for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Homer says he's got a new appreciation for biodiversity and the beauty of the outdoors. "With this ever-growing appreciation and career experience, I strive to educate others of the importance of proper stewardship and how spending time outdoors is positive for their lives and for the environment as well as improve fisheries management practices through adaptive management and research." Natural resources couldn't ask for a better advocate! #BlackHistoryMonth
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A huge congratulations to Dr. Sonia Hernandez, who is one of three #UGA faculty members who have won a Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the university's highest early career teaching honor. This is a huge honor for Dr. Hernandez! http://ow.ly/J71S309aNBr

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Sidney Woodruff admits that studying and working in natural resources can get frustrating sometimes, "because you are constantly asking the question, 'What if?' and it can be daunting to see the tasks ahead of you." But this Warnell Dawg is relishing the "deeper understanding" Warnell provides of our natural world and the environmental issues of today.

"In this field, you get as much out of it as you put into it. At the same time, push through by taking it all one step at a time. In the end, the feeling is very rewarding to be on the forefront of natural resource management and research. 'Be the change you want to see in the world.'" We just know Sidney's going to be just that after graduation! #UGA #BlackHistoryMonth
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We know we've got some #WarnellSweethearts out there. Share your story of how you met at Warnell! Or maybe had a crush on someone that one time...
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Cecil Jennings says his foray into natural resources was "total serendipity." When this Warnell professor landed a summer job as an environmental technician right after graduating high school, he became hooked as he monitored the water quality of beaches around St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Jennings said he's never wavered in his love of natural resources. "I really enjoy the variety of activities that go into fulfilling the breadth and depth of my job. On any given day, I can be engaged in classroom instruction, student mentoring, field work, lab work, writing and publishing, conference attendance and presentations, and project administration just to name a few. This variety keeps the job interesting and engaging." #uga #BlackHistoryMonth
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Narissa Turner moved around a lot as a kid. Growing up with a military dad meant that she experienced something many Warnell students don't: She's lived in both rural and urban areas, and has seen both sides of natural resources.

Drawn to environmental sustainability issues, Turner was a natural fit at Warnell. But she said her studies have given her even more perspective: "I have come to realize there are a lot of different factors and stakeholders when it comes to natural resource management. That makes our future jobs seem a lot more complex than I had thought when initially entering Warnell."

Turner will graduate soon and is applying for grad school, but once this NRRT major is done she plans to work on the human dimension issues that affect the environment. "We are directly tied into our own survival." #uga #BlackHistoryMonth
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Warnell's winning streak in winning Best Student Presentation from the American Fisheries Society continues for a third straight year! Adam Fox, a PhD student in fisheries, took home that prize recently at the annual meeting of the Southern Division of the AFS. Congratulations, Adam!
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The 2017 Bulldog 100 rankings just came out, and two Warnell alums have made the list again! Our alums have made repeat appearances on the Bulldog 100, which is a celebration of the fastest-growing Bulldog-owned businesses. At No. 44 is Southeastern Consulting Services Inc., owned by (right) Jon Parrish (BSFR '95). And No. 61 is PharmD on Demand, co-owned by (left) Andy Barrs (MFR '02). They, along with Dean Dale Greene (center) attended the Bulldog 100 celebration a few days ago. Congrats!
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Rex Benham has fond memories of going to a Boy Scouts camp on Lake Allatoona with neighborhood boys as a kid, trips organized by a teacher. "This was the first exposure to nature that I had on a serious level. I totally enjoyed being in that environment. As we continued to visit the Lake and doing what I called 'Ghetto Scouts,' I fell more and more in love with being in the outdoors. Being able to listen to the water gurgle down small waterfalls and seeing wildlife that you normally would only hear about, woke up something in me that I could not get rid of. I have never been a big time hunter or fisherman, but being in the midst of God’s Creation, always reminds me that there is something greater than me in the world."

By the time Benham was a high school junior, he'd made up his mind to major in forestry in college -- and in 1982, Benham became the Warnell School's very first black graduate. Now district manager at RMS in Texas, Benham is enjoying every day that he works in silvicultural and harvesting. He challenges himself to create better rotations by tweaking site prep or seed source or planting. "There is always a different angle to a situation that presents itself on an issue that you thought was settled in the past. It never gets boring and this keeps me engaged in the process of making my district the best it can be." And Benham clearly still has his Dawg pride, seen here with his wife Bettell and his good friend Don Allison. #UGA #BlackHistoryMonth
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From teaching neighborhood children about wildlife at local parks to helping campers identify tracks at a mountainside summer camp, more and more of today’s educators are using the natural world to inspire their students.

To prepare future educators for the growing field of environmental education, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are launching an environmental education certificate program this fall.

https://www.warnell.uga.edu/research/news/uga-works-help-educators-connect-students-natural-world-through-new-environmental
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