On this episode of the Land of Legacy series, you’ll sit with, laugh with and travel through Tree Farm history with Dr. George D. Kessler, Professor Emeritus of Forestry at Clemson University.
George wasn’t brought up in and around the woods, but the woods sure grew up around him. His early career trajectory began in an agricultural field, but quickly turned into a passion for forestry. This passion has rubbed off on thousands of forestry students, forest industry professionals, school teachers, kids, and Tree Farmers. From humble beginnings, you’ll hear about Georges’ first forestry job out west, landing his job at Clemson, developing breakthrough education strategies long before cable TV, and collaborating widely to grow his reach and meet those demands in the name of forestry education.
However, George didn’t just teach forestry at Clemson and to landowners statewide; he also taught it right at home. When his kids asked for some money, he showed them right where to find it, in the woods, growing trees, growing a work ethic, and growing their own investment all at the same time.
You’ll marvel at his career that has touched many thousands of lives and many millions of acres that are better off today for George having lived and loved forestry. Along his journey, he met many wonderful landowners, but a special guest on this episode reveals some surprising stories you may not have heard before.
This is just a short list of the many awards and accomplishments Dr. Kessler has received over the years, but stay to the end of the show to find out his true reward.
Listen now, and share this series with others, who – like our SC Tree Farmers – love the land and put the family in family forestry!