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Russ Hudson

Russ HudsonForestry Pioneer

He was born in 1932 in Glendale, California. He earned an A. A. degree in Forestry from John Muir College in 1951: a B. S. degree in Forest Management from Utah State Agricultural College in 1954; M. F. Degree from the University of Idaho in 1957. Russell served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from 1954-1956 in Bordeaux France. From 1957-1990 he was employed by the J. Neils Lumber Co., St. Regis Paper Co., and Champion International Corp., all at Libby Montana, rising from a Forestry trainee to Manager of Forestry and finally as Libby Area Timberlands Operations Manager for Champion International. During this 33 year period, Russell helped to bring a large tract of forest property from a new wild state to intensive management using "State-of-the-Art" forest management techniques. Russell retired from Champion in 1990.

Russell has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1954, and was elected a Fellow of SAF in 1989. He was chairman of the Inland Empire Tree Improvement Co-op 1968-1989; President of Western Forestry and Conservation Association in 1985 and a Trustee from 1975-1985. In 1981 he co-authored the publication Interior Ponderosa Pine - section of "Choices in Silviculture for American Forests" (Schubert, Wellner, Hudson and Barrett) by SAF. He was a Lincoln Conservation District Supervisor from 1975-1985.

Russell served as a Forestry Best Management Practice audit team member for the Montana Department of State Lands from 1990-1996 and team leader from 1998-2002. Russ was instrumental in the successful development and implementation of forestry BMP's in the state. He has operated a family-owned tree seed processing/forestry consulting business since 1971 and currently works part-time as a forestry consultant.

He served for 10 years on the advisory board to the President of the University of Montana. From 1995-2004, he served on the Board of Environmental Review for the Department of Environmental Quality. He was the coordinator for the "Kootenai Forest Roundtable" as part of the Seventh American Forest Congress. He received the following awards: Inland Empire Tree Improvement Cooperative for 20 years of outstanding leadership (1989), Western Forestry Award for Current Achievement (1990), Conservationist of the Year award from the Lincoln Conservation District (1992) and Montana Tree Farmer of the Year for 2005. In 2009, he had a newly established Forest Tree Gene Archive named in his honor for effort dedicated to the IETIC, located on the University of Idaho's School Forest east of Moscow Idaho.

Russ currently lives with his wife Kay in Ajo Arizona.

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