Russell Reynolds

Russell Reynolds (FILE PHOTO/Submitted)

 A man who dedicated more than three decades of his life to developing forestry in the areas around Crossett will join six others in being inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Russell Roy Reynolds, the former director of the U.S. Forestry Service’s Crossett Experimental Forest for 34 years, is joining Rick Cartwright of Fayetteville, Joe Don Greenwood of Hermitage; Randy Vetch of Manila; Mark Waldrop of Moro; and Andrew Wargo III of Watson in induction into the Hall of Fame. Reynolds is being inducted posthumously. Reynolds died in 1986 at the age of 80.

“Arkansas agriculture is one of the great success stories of our state, and that is sometimes overlooked in today’s society,” said Butch Calhoun of Des Arc, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. 

“This class reflects a remarkable line of success that connects everyone selected for the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.”

In the news release announcing Reynolds’ planned induction, a Hall of Fame spokesman said his contributions to modern, sustainable forest management “are almost too numerous to adequately capture in a brief description.”

“lf not for visionary men like Reynolds, and the founding fathers of the Crossett Experimental Forest, sustainable forestry as we know it today might not exist,” the announcement said.

“A forest economist by training, Reynolds had the quantitative skills to conduct inventories of standing timber, time-and-motion studies related to logging practices, and the efficacy of using trucks to haul logs to the mill – all new concepts in the early 1930s. He worked closely with the management of the Crossett Lumber Company and its successor, Georgia-Pacific from 1933 until his retirement from the Forest Service in 1969.” 

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