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Undergraduate Student

Kyle Dingus

Senior, Forestry

Forest Resource Management

I was born in Warrenton, Va., but have lived most of my life in Culpeper County. As a child I grew up hunting, fishing, and exploring the woods. I was introduced to the outdoors at an early age and have always had a fascination with trees since my grandfather was a nurseryman. In high school I was active in Trout Unlimited and served as a board member for my local Rapidan Chapter. My inspiration to pursue a natural resources field came as I developed my fishing skills and realized the impacts on the waters I frequently visited. From that experience I became interested in resource management for the benefit of the environment and for future generations of people.

Upon coming to Virginia Tech I was a conservation recreation major because I knew I wanted to work outside and to become involved in conservation. For my first two years, I was enrolled in the Earth Sustainability program and gained insights into the components, issues, and solutions of earth sustainability. This was a beneficial program for me because I was exposed to various viewpoints on key environmental issues. During my second year, I took forest biology and measurement, and transferred to the forest resource management major. My favorite aspects of forestry are that you can work both in the field and in the office. I am now chair of the Society of American Foresters Virginia Tech Student Chapter and president of Xi Sigma Pi, a national forestry honor society. Once I graduate I hope to become a consulting forester for private landowners.

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation William and Mable Stuermann Scholarship Recipient, 2011
  • Forest Landowners Association Scholarship Recipient, 2011
  • Anna Ruth Inskeep Scholarship Recipient, 2011
  • Sterling Automotive Group Scholarship Recipient, 2011
  • Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship Recipient, 2008 and 2011
  • Gretchen and Clyde Smith Scholarship Recipient, 2009
  • Culpeper Mid-Day Lions/Leo Scholarship Recipient, 2008
  • SAF Member of the Year, 2010-11
  • Member Xi Sigma Pi, 2010

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