Charlie Newlon in 2006. Photo by Barbara Newlon
Who is Charles Newlon?
Charles Newlon is a professional forester, forestry education consultant, photographer, and former adjunct professor. His full-time professional career spanned from 1956 through 1992, working for the Colorado State Forest Service, and then for the USDA Forest Service. His early career focused on field forestry for state and private forest land management (including fire management, timber management, and insect & disease protection), and marketing and utilization. However, Charlie is best known for his work in public affairs, having promoted natural resource management, forestry research, and stewardship of National Forests through extensive writing, and work on television and radio, news releases, and publication of newsletters. This included approximately 10 years’ service for USDA Forest Service as Director of National Pubic Involvement, Woodsy Owl, and Environmental Education programs. He was also chairman of the National Advisory Council for Keep America Beautiful (1982-83).
Following his retirement from federal service, he worked as an adjunct professor for Delaware State University, an instructor for Williamson School for the Trades, and as a part-time research consultant for Rutgers — The State University of New Jersey. Through these activities, and through his work as a self-employed forestry education consultant, he has authored or co-authored articles published in the Journal of Economic Entomology and the Journal of Environmental Education and Interpretation, published brochures, fact-sheets, and newsletters, and developed interpretive guides, plans, and displays for parks, forests, and National Wildlife Refuges across three states.
His volunteerism with the Society of American Foresters is near-legendary. Between 1962 and 2015, there were only about 10 years where he did not serve as an officer, committee chair, or newsletter editor for a local unit of SAF, or the National SAF or its working groups. His leadership to local SAF units benefited foresters and the forests they serve in at least 17 states and the District of Columbia.
His commitment to the environment, his lifetime of service to our nation’s forests — both public and private, his dedication to outreach and education of the general public and to professionals, and his passion for communicating the science and professionalism behind prudent forest stewardship make him a role model for all foresters, natural resources professionals, and concerned environmentalists in New Jersey and beyond.
What is the Charles Newlon Forestry Forum?
In a world where anyone can type a few words into Google and proclaim themselves to be an “environmental expert” there is a real need to bring in true experts in matters related to forest conservation, particularly those with national or regional renown. Led by a steering committee composed of members of the Good Stewards Coalition, a speaker is selected who can share project success stories, lessons learned, and their passion for the conservation movement. The Forum seeks to educate and inspire the leaders, staff, and members of the non-profit organizations that make up the Good Stewards Coalition, and provide a positive environment for sharing ideas, and fostering cooperation and collaboration between groups representing different aspects of the conservation movement in New Jersey.