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Jonathan Kays (’85) named Society of American Foresters Fellow


Jonathan Kays Jonathan Kays. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.

May 15, 2015 – Jonathan Kays (’85 M.S. forestry) has been named a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The recognition honors society members who have made outstanding contributions to the society and the forestry profession. The title “Fellow” is awarded to only about 5 percent of the society’s membership.

Kays has been stationed at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center near Hagerstown, Maryland, since 1988 as a natural resources extension specialist with University of Maryland Extension. He has authored numerous extension publications and books, and produces the quarterly newsletter Branching Out for Maryland forest owners. In 2012, he earned a gold award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals for his work on “Four Minutes to a Better Backyard,” a video encouraging landowners to create or enhance natural areas and woodlands for a healthier outdoor environment.

Prior to joining University of Maryland Extension, Kays served as a county forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, a research assistant at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, a high school earth science teacher, and a forestry technician with the U.S. Forest Service in northern Idaho.

Kays has been a member of SAF since 1988 in the Maryland/Delaware Division and has served on the Executive Committee since 1992 in a variety of capacities, including Continuing Education Chair, Awards Chair, Chair (2007-2008), Chair-elect, Past-chair, and Communications Chair. In 2010, he received the Robert W. Bauer Outstanding Service to Forestry Award from the Allegheny SAF.


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