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Hosner named association's Forest Landowner of the Year

By Lynn Davis

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 36 - July 25, 1996

John Hosner, the founding head of Virginia Tech's College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, was given the Forest Landowner of the Year award at the 55th Southern Forestry Conference and Annual Meeting of the Forest Landowners Association (FLA).

The award recognizes someone who has made major contributions to southern forestry. Hosner received the award "for his collective lifetime of commitment and service to southern forestry and FLA," said past President Bobby Neill.

Hosner built up the forestry program at Virginia Tech and steered the school into a college with a full-fledged graduate program. He has served as president of FLA, where he created the governmental affairs committee that now plays one of the most important roles for the association.

He presently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forestry Association, the Virginia Forestry Education Foundation, the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Foundation, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Forestry.