President, Jason Shumaker
My name is Jason Shumaker and I am a 5th year senior forestry major at Texas A&M University. I switched my major into forestry this past year because I wanted to experience a more hands-on and practical academic experience. Since joining the Forestry club last Fall, I have had many wonderful opportunities and met a lot of awesome people from industry, academia and more. Forestry is important because the management of natural resources is one of the largest issues we face in moving forward towards the future, and I am excited to be able to contribute what I can towards this end.
“Nothing is going to stop us from having a great year.”– Unknown
Vice President, Andrew Clapp
Andrew is a Senior Ecological Restoration and Forestry major at Texas A&M. He currently works at the Ecology and Natural Resources Teaching Area where he helps manage the land for researchers and also works towards restoring a Post Oak Savannah. Last summer he interned with Texas A&M Forest Service at W.G Jones State Forest where he was involved in park management and landowner outreach and education. An avid outdoorsman, he is looking forward to a career where he can share his passion for the environment with others.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade
Treasurer, Benjamin O’Connor
Ben has been a proud member of the Texas A&M University Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters since 2017 and has served the group as an officer since 2018. He is majoring in Forestry and minoring in Meteorology and would like to pursue a career in wildland fire. Ben spent the summer of 2020 working in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota and Wyoming as a recreation technician and wilderness ranger.
“If you need me, I’ll be in my tent” – Ben O’Connor
Committee Chair, Courtney Bartlett
Courtney is an ecological restoration and forestry double major with a minor in rangeland ecology and management. She will be graduating in December 2020 with plans to work in the private industry for wetland restoration. Courtney enjoys hiking, the beach, and fishing with her coonhound mix Vedha. Courtney hopes to further the club by enhancing the communication and marketability of members, in order to help them obtain internships and jobs.
“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” – Barbara Ward
Committee Chair: Courtney Bartlett