Robert J. Engelhard
Inducted October 24, 2009
Dr. Robert Engelhard combined forestry and teaching skills to promote sound forest management in Wisconsin. Over five decades he demonstrated forest management skills to improve Wisconsin’s forests, teaching ability to develop those skills in others, and leadership in forestry education, professional organizations and government committees to further the profession.
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Robert (Bob) Engelhard received his BS in Forestry from Utah State in 1950, MS in Plant Ecology from Denver in 1952, and DHD in Forestry Economics from Michigan State in 1969. Education has been the theme of Bob Engelhard’s career and he has influenced forestry students, landowners, and forest policy throughout his career. Engelhard started his career in 1956 working as a forester with Trees For Tomorrow at Eagle River, then was hired by Wisconsin State University- Stevens Point (now University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point) where he was employed from 1965 to 1991. At UWSP he was a key leader in developing the four track forestry major. He co-led the effort to take UWSP’s Conservation Department to a fully accredited forestry program that is a part of the largest Natural Resources undergraduate program today. As part of that effort he was a leader in developing the UWSP summer camp program as part of the forestry major. Engelhard received the outstanding teacher award at UWSP three times (1972, 1975, and 1991). After retiring from UWSP, Engelhard served as Executive Director of Wisconsin Woodland Owner’s Association from June of 1991 to 1995. He served on the Governor’s Council on Forestry for six years and was also a member of the Scientific Areas Preservation Council and an advisor to the Wisconsin DNR for 16 years.
Dr. Englehard has been active in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since 1950. He has served as the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Chair Elect, Central Wisconsin Chapter Secretary (twice) and Chair (twice.) Engelhard was awarded Fellow status in 1985 and became a Golden Member in 2000. In 2005 he received the John Macon award in recognition of outstanding service to the profession of forestry in Wisconsin.