Sager noted that while many natural resource areas focus on the ecological and social aspects, forestry is the only area that emphasizes “all three legs of the stool.” Meaning, forestry encompasses ecological, social, and economic qualities. At ACF there is an exhibit of an antique wood-fired still which was used for turpentine distillation (image above).
Sager noted that well-managed forested areas support several essential environmental needs such as protecting wildlife, water quality and availability, and better air quality. Additionally, forests provide sociological benefits of green spaces and recreational use.
▶ Sager showing a gopher tortoise's burrow at ACF.
Sager said that while he loves writing land management plans and watching them in action, he has a passion for teaching and advising SFRC students.
Afiya De Sormeaux