Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
Auburn University will host a virtual talk with Mr. Rhett Johnson, director emeritus of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, co-founder and former president of the Longleaf Alliance, and current board member of the Solon and Martha Dixon Foundation, on June 24 as part of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ 75th Anniversary Celebration.
Johnson is the fourth speaker in the virtual “7 for 75 Speaker Series” as part of the school’s yearlong celebration, which began March 1. During his talk, Johnson will discuss his tenure at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center as well as his history and relationship with the Dixon family.
The “7 for 75 Speaker Series” is designed to feature distinguished alumni and industry leaders representing an array of forestry, wildlife and natural resource fields and enterprises. Speakers will cover a wide range of topics, from land management to current and future technology to stakeholder engagement.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in wildlife biology, and a master’s in forest management from Clemson University. His professional interests and expertise include threatened and endangered species, multiple-use forest management, wildlife management, fire ecology and longleaf pine management and restoration. In addition to his former role as director of the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, Johnson is co-founder of The Longleaf Alliance and served as its president and board member. He has also served as chair of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters and president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation.