Dick Rightmyer Honored by Society of American Foresters

Photo of Dick Righmyer, Forest Soil Scientist for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
Dick Rightmyer
Society of American Foresters Fellow

Earlier this year, the Society of American Foresters honored some of their members who have consistently contributed to their profession and the Society by conferring upon them the status of Fellow. One of the people recognized is Dick Rightmyer, the Forest Soil Scientist for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. In that role, Rightmyer has made significant contributions to forest sustainability and water quality through his work and expertise in Forest Land Management Planning, Best Management Practices and soil inventorying.

He worked on the Ouachita National Forest from 1978 to 1985 and on the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forests from 1985 to present.

Accomplishments include his work in the development of a Forest Land Management Plan for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia and serving as leader of a Forest Service Riparian Management Team. The team developed a multi-resource management direction for the riparian areas of the Forests that addressed conservation, water quality, aquatic species habitat and sustainability of forest health. The final product was integrated into five National Forest management plans and shared with other Forest Service units as a model for riparian areas.

He led a subcommittee in developing the stream crossings and roads section of the Best Management Practices handbook revision published in 1999 and is certified as public information officer (PIO) by Forest Service fire management standards.

A “sideline” passion throughout Rightmyer’s career has been to seek opportunities to share knowledge of the importance of forest management. Audiences through the years have included schools, Project Wild workshops, Trout Unlimited Chapters, Boy Scout groups, local county fair exhibits and University classes at Clemson, Georgia and North Georgia College.

Rightmyer joined SAF as a student in 1975. His national level involvement includes participating as a continuous and active member of soils, water and ecology working groups since 1976 and serving as a volunteer at the 1990 National SAF Convention.

He was Southeastern SAF Secretary and Program Committee member in 1990. He was a member of the Georgia Division SAF

Forestry Youth Camp Development Committee and served as Camp Registration Chairman from 1988 to 1995 and as a volunteer instructor for two years.

He was Secretary-Treasurer of Oconee Chapter in 1986 and 2005 to present; Oconee Chapter Chair in 1988 and Secretary-Treasurer of the Caddo Chapter-Ouachita SAF in 1984 and 1985.