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Date:   September 20, 2001
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Allan Tiarks Named Emeritus Scientist

(Pineville, LA) Dr. Allan Tiarks, research soil scientist, has been recognized with the Emeritus Scientist Award in recognition of his significant research contributions during his 30-year career with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station. Dr. Tiarks retired from Research Work Unit longleaf, Ecology and Management of Southern Pines, in Pineville, LA on August 3, 2001. He represented the Southern Research Station as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M and Louisiana State Universities. He has a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Iowa State. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees were in soil science from the University of Nebraska and Ohio State University, respectively. In addition to his career with the Forest Service, he was a Soil Surveyor Volunteer in Tanzania for the U.S. Peace Corps for two years and served in the U.S. Army for 18 months.

He was a leader in the national Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) Study. The main objectives of his work have been to evaluate and quantify the effects of management on productivity, validate soil quality standards, and to develop methods to maintain or improve soil productivity. He represents the Forest Service in an effort conducted by the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) to establish studies in a number of tropical countries to sustain forest production and values by plantation forestry. As Emeritus Scientist, Dr. Tiarks, now residing in Council Bluffs, IA, will continue to be involved with the LTSP and CIFOR programs.

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