On April 25, James Barnett (left, with Larry Stanley) was inducted into the 2015 Louisiana State University (LSU) Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of the nearly five decades he’s spent conducting research for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station. The work he’s done to improve the success of reforesting major pine species of the southern United States — and more importantly, the dissemination of the practical implications of that research — has truly set Barnett above his peers.
Barnett has authored and co-authored more than 350 publications and 200 professional presentations that target his scientific peers, reforestation experts working in the field, and nursery managers growing seedlings. His work in seed physiology, container and bareroot seedling production, seedling establishment, and plantation ecophysiology and management has set the standards for reforestation of southern pine ecoysystems. Recognized as a world authority on reforestation issues, Barnett has given keynote presentations around the world.
Barnett’s research contributes to the annual production of over 1 billion seedlings in the southern United States to establish the plantations that provide the majority of the United States’ solid wood and fiber needs — and to provide the seedlings needed to restore longleaf pine forests in their former range.
Barnett has leveraged the expertise he garnered throughout his career to provide highly productive leadership at regional, national, and international levels. He has effectively motivated interdisciplinary groups of scientists from the federal, state, academic, and private sectors to address issues important to the long-term sustainability of pine ecosystems in the southern United States. He’s forged partnerships and cooperative agreements to effectively use resources to solve real-world management problems.
In addition to this recent honor from LSU, Barnett has been recognized by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, named a prestigious Fellow and recipient of the Barrington-Moore Award by Society of American Foresters, deemed an Outstanding Alumnus by Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources (RNR), and has received numerous other awards from the Forest Service.