Southern Research Station Scientist Receives USDA Honor Award
September 20, 2011
Asheville, NC — On Sept. 14, David Wear, Project Leader of the Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Economics and Policy research unit, received a 2011 USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Personal and Professional Excellence. This is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Secretary of Agriculture and recognizes individuals who "over time, consistently demonstrate an outstanding level of accomplishment in furthering the mission of the USDA."
Wear was honored for "his exemplary leadership and scientific contributions significantly influencing the policy and management decisions that ensure the sustainability of natural resources in the southern United States and beyond".
Since 1995, Wear has served as project leader for the SRS forest economics unit in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where he leads a team of researchers addressing forest forecasting, timber market analysis, management of risks, and forest policies.
An active researcher, Wear has published numerous articles and has a strong interest in applying interdisciplinary research to address questions about forest sustainability. In recent years, Wear has focused on forecasting future conditions of southern forests and the services they provide in relation to land use and climate change, leading the process that resulted in the 2002 Southern Forest Resource Assessment. In 2008, with co-lead John Greis, he began the Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP), a multi-year project that forecasts changes in southern forest conditions between 2010 and 2060. In May 2011, Wear and Greis announced key findings from the SFFP General Technical Report; five subregional reports are scheduled to be released in 2012.
Wear has briefed Senate and House members and staffs on southern forest conditions, and his research findings have been used in Forest Service testimony before the House of Representatives. His research results have been used by the International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and he has consulted with other Federal and State agencies on forest issues. He has also served as a lead researcher on numerous special task forces and committees.
Wear's 30-year Forest Service career consists of 24 years with research and six with national forest planning. Wear also serves as adjunct faculty at Duke University and North Carolina State University. Wear holds a B.S. in botany from the University of Montana, an M.S. in forestry from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in forest management from the University of Montana.