Silas Little (in 1988)
Dr. Silas Little was elected a Fellow in 1982 and became the first New Jersey forester to be so honored. Si earned a B.S. degree from Massachusetts State College in 1935, a master’s degree from Yale University in 1936, and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1947. He started work with the US Forest Service as a research forester at the Northern Experimental Research Forest, New Lisbon, NJ in 1936. He did research in forest regeneration, silviculture and fire ecology in southern NJ and authored over 100 publications before his retirement in 1979. He was a charter member of the NJ Chapter of the Allegheny SAF and was elected its chair in 1960. New Jersey Division SAF’s prestigious award for outstanding service was named the Silas Little Award in 1988. Si was the NJ Forest Conservationist of the year in 1966. He chaired the Allegheny SAF in 1970 and was honored with the Allegheny SAF “Outstanding Service to Forestry Award” in 1972. In 1985 the research station where he worked for 43 years was renamed the Silas Little Experimental Forest. Many of his prescribed burning techniques are still being used today.