Faculty members within Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture spent a week in June touring China’s Jilin province as guests of the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Science.
The purpose of the trip, attended by SFA faculty members Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Dr. Kenneth Farrish, director of the Division of Environmental Science; Dr. Shiyou Li, director of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops; Dr. Brian Oswald, Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professor of fire ecology; Dr. Jeremy Stovall, associate professor of silviculture, and Dr. Yuhui Weng, assistant professor of forest biometrics, was manifold and included discussions regarding research partnership and scientist exchanges. Williams said the two institutions plan to focus on research collaborations that address forest ecology, silviculture, tree physiology and tree genetics.
Faculty members also visited the College of Forestry at Beihua University, which enrolls approximately 1,100 forestry students and includes programs in food, environmental science, forestry and landscape gardening. Beihua University forestry students were introduced to the academic programs offered at SFA and held a meeting with university leadership to develop student and faculty exchange programs.
In addition to meetings focused on future goals, the representatives from SFA also traveled to see examples of current research conducted by the academy.
“In Baicheng, we observed an impressive public park in the middle of the city that served as forestry demonstration and research plots,” Williams said. “It was an outstanding example of combining forestry science with public outreach.”
The trip, generously funded by the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Science, is a follow-up to the 2017 visit to SFA by Dr. Jianqiu Zhang, academy director, along with other academy colleagues. During that December visit, the two institutions entered into a cooperative agreement fostering collaborative research and staff exchange.