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ESF Student Receives Scholarship From Society of American Foresters


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Peter Newman, a doctoral student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has been awarded the Arnold Bolle Wilderness Management Scholarship by the Society of American Foresters.

Newman was selected for the scholarship because of his deep dedication to protecting wild lands.

"Those who wish to protect wild lands must be able to communicate with people of various disciplines, including biological sciences, economics, and political science-all mixed with a general understanding of how humans function individually and as a society," Newman said.

His major professor, Dr. Chad Dawson, praised Newman's commitment to his field.

"He has been, is, and will be a strong teacher and advocate for and about wilderness. He will continue Arnold Bolle's tradition of leadership in natural resource stewardship," Dawson said.

The scholarship honors Arnold Bolle, a public servant and teacher of natural resource stewardship, who devoted his professional and personal life to shaping natural resource policy for nearly half a century. Bolle focused his studies on the protection of wild lands and how it is affected by population growth, increasing consumption, and growing competition for natural resources.

The annual $500 scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who promotes and perpetuates understanding of wilderness resources within the forestry profession.

Newman is a research assistant at ESF. He has conducted studies in three wilderness areas of the Adirondacks and currently is doing research at White Mountain National Forest. He has held various positions at Yosemite National Park, working as a wilderness biological technician with the National Park Service and as a senior instructor and naturalist at the Yosemite Institute, where he led back-country hiking trips and presented programs on ecology.

Newman earned his master's degree and began doctoral work this fall in forest resources management at ESF. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Rochester. Currently a resident of Syracuse, Newman is a native of Berkeley Heights, N.J.