News Release

New Leadership Roles for Three SRS Scientists

June 22, 2017

Asheville, NC — Three current U.S. Forest Service (FS) Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists have accepted new or additional leadership positions with the SRS.

  • Dana Mitchell, Research Engineer, will expand her duties as Project Leader (PL) for Forest Operations Unit in Auburn, Ala. and assume the role as PL for Utilization of Southern Forest Resources Unit based in Pineville, La. This unit also has research teams in Blacksburg, Va. and Athens, Ga.
  • Don Bragg, Research Forester, with the Southern Pine Ecology Unit is the new PL for this unit and will also assume the role as PL for the Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems Unit. The Southern Pine Unit is headquartered on the University of Arkansas campus at Monticello, Ark., with research teams in Crossett and Hot Springs, Ark., Nacogdoches, Texas, Pineville, La., Normal and Auburn, Ala. The Longleaf Unit has research teams in Pineville, La., Auburn Ala., and Clemson, S.C.
  • James T. Vogt, Entomologist, who has served as Deputy Program Manager for the Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit in Knoxville, Tenn., will be the PL for the Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants Unit headquartered in Athens, Ga. The unit also has research teams in Pineville, La., Auburn, Ala. and Asheville, N.C.

“These scientists have years of experience in their science areas,” said Rob Doudrick, Director, SRS. “This experience coupled with their leadership strengths and proven ability to foster and build partnerships makes them more than qualified for their new positions. We are fortunate to have such a fine staff of research leaders willing to take on new roles, or expand their current roles.”

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities. Approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System. The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.