Extension Forester of the Year
Mississippi State Cooperative Extension Service
Extension foresters play a vital role in the success of our association and in the advancement of forestry around the country. We enjoy a close partnership with our forestry schools and colleges. Each year, this award winner is selected based on significant strides in the advancement of forest landowner education and outreach. Criteria for Extension Forester of the Year award includes dedication to landowner education, a minimum time in practice of 5 years, and presentation or publication of educational material geared toward private landowner.
Don has published papers on Managing for Multiple Use, The Impacts of Public Law 106-393 Title III Programming, and Developing Successful Quality Deer Management Cooperatives. Don has been serving the MSU Extension Forestry Department as the Coordinator of the Title II enhanced Forestry Education Program for 16 counties in Mississippi. He is a Certified Deer Management Assistance Program Consultant with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Young Forest Landowner of the Year
David Hall, Hall Timberlands
The Young Forest Landowner of the Year award. This award was first presented in 2004 and since then we’ve had the honor to recognize outstanding individuals who play key roles in the management of their land and the advancement of private forest landownership
The recipient must be under age 50, an FLA member in good standing, must either own land himself or work in a family business with land, but must be actively involved in the management of the forestland. Finally, he must be active in local and/or state associations.
David Hall is the Chief Operating Officer of Hall Timberlands, managing approximately 58,000 acres of family owned land in East- Central Mississippi. David is a Registered Forester in the state of Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and an Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Currently, he serves as the Vice-President of the Lauderdale County Forestry Association, is an active member of the Mississippi Forestry Association, an Eagle scout and Vice-President of Properties for the Choctaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Vice- President of the Magnolia State Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Wesley House Community Center and Rotary Club in Meridian, Mississippi. A member of the Forest Landowners Association for over 10 years, he has helped organize local events in both Meridian and Hattiesburg, participated in FLA’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., and now serves on the FLA Board of Directors.