Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Joe D. Friend has been hired by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) as Extension associate-forester to work with the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) Program.
The Small Farm Program at UAPB has received a three-year grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to implement the SFLR Program, which gets underway Oct. 1. Friend’s work will be focused in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties.
The program goal is to promote forest health and productivity while stemming the loss of African-American owned rural land, said Dr. Henry English, head of the UAPB Small Farm Program.
Friend, former district forester with the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Monticello, Arkansas, has served the forestry industry in many roles from survey party chief, forest ranger III, county forester, and law enforcement investigator, before being named district forester in 2003, a position he held until 2014.
Friend has a bachelor of science degree in forestry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is a registered forester; a member, fellow and committee chairman of the Society of American Foresters; and a member of the board of directors of the Arkansas Forestry Association.