Lumberjack Legacy Forest Program
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A new endowment program at SFA allows landowners to entrust their forestlands to the university while providing hands-on training and research opportunities for students and faculty members.

The Lumberjack Legacy Forest Program has multiple beneficiaries, including landowners, SFA students and the properties themselves, according to Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

“The landowners benefit from the knowledge that they are preserving the land for future generations. They also may receive tax benefits, and, with SFA managing the property, they no longer have those expenses.”

The program also provides students with exclusive research opportunities and increased time in the field, giving SFA forestry graduates a distinct advantage in the job market, he said.

“The forestlands benefit, as well, because SFA manages them using sustainable forest-management principles. Deed restrictions also can be put in place to help prevent forest fragmentation or conversion to non-forest uses.”

Initially, efforts were directed toward acquiring properties located near Nacogdoches so they could be easily accessed by students participating in weekly labs. However, the program has now been expanded to allow for the donation of properties located virtually anywhere.

“Many properties provide revenue that can benefit SFA,” said Jason Grogan, research specialist in the College of Forestry and Agriculture andLumberjack Legacy Forest Program coordinator. “For instance, SFA might acquire the property and lease it with the proceeds going toward scholarships or research. The donor also can stipulate which program he or she would like to have the revenue applied to.”

Funds can be earmarked for any SFA program, not just forestry, he said. Donated properties also can be sold and the revenue used to purchase land closer to Nacogdoches.

“It’s really up to the donor,” Grogan said. “The great thing about this program is it provides so much flexibility. There are also are no donor out-of-pocket expenses, unless stipulations require it, and the SFA Real Estate Foundation Inc. handles the transfer of the property.”

ST Microelectronics provides an example of how SFA works with landowners to achieve mutual goals for the affected properties. ST initially approached SFA with a primary objective of carbon sequestration through reforestation. Growing pine trees sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and helps companies establish a carbon-neutral “footprint.”

With the assistance of the SFA forestry program, ST purchased and reforested 3,449 acres of marginal pastureland. These properties were later donated to SFA; however, ST maintains the rights to the carbon credits. Timber revenue generated from these properties currently benefits the Robert L. Banks – ST Microelectronics Scholarship, as well as other education and research activities at SFA.

The Lumberjack Legacy Forest Program got its name, in part, because the forestry and environmental science professions are growing, and colleges and universities are not graduating enough students to fill the vacancies, the dean said.

“Forestry also requires the professionals teaching the classes and conducting the research to be present—in the moment,” Bullard added.

According to Grogan, the donors are giving SFA faculty members the opportunity to practice what they teach, and that is a legacy that will live on in students for generations.

—Donna Parish, SFA Office of Public Affairs

For more information about creating an endowment in support of SFA, please contact:
Jill Still, CFRE - Vice President for University Advancement
Phone - (936) 468-5406
Toll Free - (800) 319-9517
E-mail - jstill@sfasu.edu

 

 

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