News

LFA News and Publications

10

Vandertsteen inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

posted on
Vandertsteen inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Director Charles A. “Buck” Vandersteen is one of three 2017 inductees into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. The HOD is produced by the Louisiana Radio Network in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

Vandersteen joins a field of 12 men in the past four years recognized to “have made an extraordinary contribution to agri-business in the state of Louisiana.”

Vandersteen, who has been executive director for the LFA since 1982, said he is “appreciative and humbled” to be included among 2017 inductees, adding it wasn’t his efforts alone to achieve the honor.

“I know full well that it took many friends, colleagues, family and community to reach this point in my career,” Vandersteen said. “Joining such a distinctive group of agriculture and forestry leaders is an honor that I take very respectfully.”

Brian Chandler, LSU AgCenter area extension forester, who nominated Vandersteen, noted the LFA leader’s role in passage of the Forest Productivity Program, creation of the Louisiana Logging Council and forest certification programs in his nomination submission.

“He’s well-respected in the forest industry and forestry around the state,” Chandler said. “Everything he’s done for forestry has been for the promotion of the sustainability of forests and for the benefit of the forest products industry.”

A letter of recommendation from Dr. Paul Coreil, former vice chancellor and director of the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, cited Vandersteen’s leadership as one of two LSU AgCenter delegates in the national grassroots organization the Council for Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) as a quality deserving recognition in the Agriculture Hall of Distinction.

“In my experience working directly with Buck during my tenure as LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and Extension Service director, I learned quickly that Buck is first, a gentleman, but he is also a team player, strong leader and will not give up until a job is completed,” according to Coreil’s letter.

Janet Tompkins, retired editor of Forests & People and media coordinator for LFA, said Vandersteen fostered a strong spirit of cooperation between the public and private entities that make up the forestry industry.

“That has helped advance so many programs,” Tompkins said. “He is the face of forestry to so many people around the country.”

Vandersteen, a professional forester and tree farmer, received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University.

He said he will continue efforts to encourage and support men and women in the field of forestry, logging and manufacturing; to seek and support markets for forest products, while supporting traditional markets as well as looking for opportunities in new products. Included in those duties is to seek policy and incentives that encourage more private investment in forest land ownership and logging business.

“Having Louisiana recognized nationally and internationally as a premier place to do forestry business and in practicing great forestry also is what I look to the future,” Vandersteen said, “to ensure that forestry remains a vital part of the economic and environmental strengths of Louisiana.”

| Categories: Forest and People Magazine | Tags: | View Count: (1122) | Return
News Categories

Most Popular

  • First lady of Louisiana forestry

    Early in the 20th century, the practice of forestry in America was in its infancy. Its proponents were strong-willed men with a determined focus. Women were not and would not become involved in this m...
    Read More
  • The State of Louisiana’s Forests

    As we celebrate Arbor Day in Louisiana, we think it’s a good time to catch up on the “State of the Forest.” Trees cover half of our state and forests are the single greatest land use in Louisiana. ...
    Read More
  • Reward offered to nab perpetrator who destroyed woods equipment in LaSalle Parish

    A reward of up to $7,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who vandalized and destroyed a LaSalle Parish logger's equipment, according to th...
    Read More
  • 2014 LFA Annual Report

    President Dave Cupp's message, comparative budgets, 2015 LFA Board list, highlights from 2014, news including emerald ash borer, billboards, Kisatchie quarter and Martco's planned OSB mill.
    Read More
  • Louisiana Logger Magazine - April 2015

    Louisiana Logger - April 2015: Someone may be watching you!; Bonner Logging has husband and wife duo; OSHA Alliance with loggers works to improve safety; It’s wild turkey season in the woods of Louis...
    Read More
  • Arbor Day seedling giveaway

    The Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA) is giving away 1000 trees on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for Arbor Day. The giveaway will include red maple, baldcypress, nuttall oak, and Eastern redbud. The tree give...
    Read More