Forest Products Association Honors SUNY-ESF President
SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Empire State Forest Products Association honored SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) President Ross S. Whaley during Forestry Awareness Day in the state capital.
Whaley was the guest of honor at a reception that capped the annual effort to educate legislators and the public about issues affecting New York's forest industries. The day's events included lobbying sessions with state legislators and displays in Rockefeller Plaza. The events were co-sponsored by the association, the New York Forest Owners Association, and the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association.
Industry representatives presented Whaley with several items made in New York from trees grown in the state, including a loon carved from Adirondack white pine, a ream of paper from the Finch, Pruyn & Co., Inc., mill in Glens Falls, a box produced by International Paper's mill in Geneva, a baseball bat made by the Rawlings company in Dolgeville, and a container of maple syrup.
Whaley was also presented with a legislative resolution, sponsored by state Sens. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (R-Fabius), which honored him for his service to the state.
Whaley, president of ESF since 1984, has announced his intention to leave the college presidency to return to teaching. He will remain president until a successor is named.