A forest management specialist at Mississippi State University has been named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association. Stephen Dicke, Extension professor in MSU’s College of Forest Resources, will receive the honor at the organization’s annual meeting in Stevenson, Wash.
A certified arborist and tree farm inspector, Dicke was praised in the nomination for his intensive work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dicke led an educational effort to help landowners determine casualty losses, develop management and recovery strategies, and assist with urban tree losses along the Mississippi Coast.
A Mississippi registered forester, Dicke is active in the Tree Farm Program, serving as a tree farm inspector and inspector trainer. He also serves on the state tree farm committee.
Dicke received his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in horticulture and forestry from the University of Nebraska and a doctoral degree from MSU. He is a member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, International Society of Arboriculture, Society of American Foresters, Mississippi Forestry Association, and the Hinds County Forestry Association.
Dicke also works with the Boy Scouts of America. He and wildlife research associate Adam Rohnke were recently awarded a bronze award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals for Merit Badge counselor training materials.