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Late Forestry Leader Inducted into Hall of Fame
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/14/2017

Miles Benson, a longtime leader of sustainable forestry who passed away in 2014, was inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame.

Benson started his forestry career as a researcher in forest genetics at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton. He made strong contributions to tree seedling nursery operations, reforestation technologies and sustainable forest management practices. Benson finished his career at Consolidated Papers Inc., in Wisconsin Rapids, and was active in retirement with many landowner groups and other forestry organizations.

"Miles had a lifelong commitment to sustainable forestry," said DNR Chief State Forester Fred Souba Jr. "He believed responsible environmental policy can be integrated with sound business practices to benefit forest products companies, shareholders, customers and the public."

Benson also helped develop and implement the Habitat Conservation Plan for the Karner blue butterfly and worked to ensure new statutory language reflected the sustainable management taking place on state-owned forest lands.

Founded in 1984, the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who contributed significantly to the practice and progress of forestry in the state.

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