Early in the 20th century, the forests in the South were devastated by aggressive harvesting and many millions of acres of forest land needed reforestation. Foresighted individuals began a committed effort to restore this land to a productive condition. This effort required dedication, cooperation, and leadership. A small cadre of individuals led the restoration of the South’s forests that became the basis of the South’s economy. Many of these individuals are profiled in this document.
Barnett, James P. 2016. (slightly revised, redesigned, and reprinted May 2016) Faces from the past: profiles of those who led restoration of the South’s forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-133. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 117 p.