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Jim Kuykendall (’86) earns Forest Stewardship Award


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Feb. 15, 2016 – James B. “Jim” Kuykendall (’86 B.S. forestry) received the Culpeper (Virginia) Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2015 Forest Stewardship Award in November. “Jim Kuykendall embodies the highest level of dedication to the field and profession of forestry as well as to the private landowners who own most of Virginia’s woodland. He shares this on a day-to-day basis as the Southern Maryland/Virginia district manager for Glatfelter, a company that not only buys wood to make high-end paper products but also owns and manages land in the area,” reads the award nomination.

Glatfelter (formerly Glatfelter Pulpwood Company) was honored by the district with the 2015 Business and Industry Award. As the award nomination states, “Glatfelter has been not only a positive contributor to the forestry community but under Jim’s leadership has provided a stabilizing force in the forest industry regionally. Jim’s leadership and business connections provide many value added benefits in the area in buying wood, employment and contributing to local natural resource educational and capacity increasing efforts. Glatfelter can be counted on to contribute to logger and landowner education efforts, nearly always with financial support and always with logistics and technical resources. When the company can’t contribute, Jim contributes as an individual. In this way, when it comes to Glatfelter in Virginia, it’s difficult to separate the company from the man, Jim Kuykendall, and why he is deserving of this recognition opportunity.”

Kuykendall’s career took him from logging in southeast Alaska for 10 years before earning his bachelor’s degree to serving as wood manager/co-owner for Snowball Logging in Asheville, North Carolina, and as administrative assistant/resident procurement with Stone Container. In 1996, he became the Sustainable Forestry Initiative coordinator with the Virginia Forestry Association, developing and delivering Virginia’s SHARP Logger program, before joining Glatfelter in 2001. Kuykendall’s many volunteer efforts include serving on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Implementation Committee, the Reforestation of Timberlands board, the Virginia Forestry Association board, and the Forest Resources Association’s Southeastern Technical Division Policy Committee.

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