Winnfield, La., Nov. 18, 2021 — Seven Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) students were recognized with scholarships funded by the Louisiana Forestry Foundation during the recent Louisiana Forestry Association Mini Conference in Alexandria.
“Good careers are available in forestry and the Louisiana Forestry Association is proud to support the training of future forestry workers attending Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Winnfield,” said C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association. “Through the generosity of members of the forest community, the LFA’s
Forestry Foundation also provides scholarships to forestry students in addition to technical assistance to assure the best for the student studying for a forestry career.”
Students earning LFF scholarships are Trevor Higgs, Thomas McCarty, Keaton Nugent, Samuel Vidrine, Gavin Garner, Jaycen Williams, and Robert Verzwyvelt.
“The Louisiana Forestry Association is funded by forest landowners, logging professionals, and consuming mills throughout the state. We represent their combined interests and the forestry community in general,” said Tony Diaz, LFA President and Chipmill Operations Manager with Graphic Packaging International. “The association supports learning through forestry curricula
at our colleges and universities and beyond through continuing education. We believe forestry is an advanced and dynamic industry providing career opportunities of significance centered on our most renewable resource. The practice of sustainable forestry helps ensure a bright future for Louisiana’s economy, and our technical colleges help prepare students to make a difference using their acquired skills.”
The mission of the Louisiana Forestry Association is to be an advocate for the sustainable growing, harvesting and manufacturing of Louisiana’s forests and for the people whose livelihoods depend on these forest resources. The Louisiana Forestry Association was formed in 1947 to foster the practice of forestry, to rebuild the state’s cut-over lands, and to build a healthy forest industry.