Texas A&M Forest Service employees honored during annual Texas A&M AgriLife conference

COLLEGE STATION — A 20-year veteran forester with Texas A&M Forest Service was honored Tuesday with 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry.

Sustainable forestry department head Burl Carraway III received the award during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry is one of 17 awards presented each year by the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences  to recognize and celebrate the commitment and contributions made by those working under the umbrella of Texas A&M AgriLife.

“Burl is innovative and willing to take on some of the toughest issues facing the agency and Texas.  His entire career can be characterized by someone willing to push the envelope and look for new ways to meet our natural resource challenges,” said Tom Boggus, forest service director. “He is a proven leader and has built a very strong team that is the envy of forest agencies across the nation.”

Throughout his career, Carraway consistently has taken the lead in coordinating various state projects and programs including environmental forestry, state stewardship and water quality. He also has led projects across the southern United States as a member of professional organizations such as the Southern Group of State Foresters, the Texas Forestry Association and the Texas Society of American Foresters.

Carraway earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University in 1991 and a master’s in forest resources from Clemson University in 1993.

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