Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

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Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by edfrank » Mon May 23, 2011 6:04 pm

Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

This a slightly older web posting, but I thought I would post the link here for those interested.
http://www.cookforest.com/forestfriends ... /index.cfm
Dale Luthringer is the Environmental Education Specialist for Cook Forest State Park. Around the Park he’s got a reputation as a “quiet hero” - a man who makes a difference without necessarily making a big splash. Originally from the Erie area, Dale has quite a varied background. He was a farmer for 9 years, a Marine Corp seargant, and a furniture maker. After his 4 years with the Marines, he moved to the area to attend school. Dale earned an A.S. in Wildlife Technology from Penn State DuBois and a B.S. in Applied Ecology from Clarion University.
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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by James Parton » Mon May 23, 2011 11:35 pm

Congrats Dale! The article was nice with good advice.
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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by dbhguru » Tue May 24, 2011 7:10 am

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Dale is a super person. They don't come any better. As most of you know, he is one of the ENTS measuring faithful. We are extremely fortunate to have him. If we ever have an ENTS gallery of measuring elites, a hall of fame of sorts, Dale will definitely be one of its first members. I first met Dale back in 1997 when we were holding an old growth conference at Clarion University. We used Cook Forest for our field trips and Dale was our contact. BVP, Will Blozan, Jack Sobon, Dave Stahle, Alan Gordon, Don Leopold, and other stellar performers were at the conference. It was at that time we confirmed the Longfellow Pine as the Northeast's tallest tree. It was 179.1 feet tall then. Jack Sobon actually spotted it and measured it with his transit. I was seeing to conference details and wasn't able to go on the walk. They all told me about it on their return. I was green with envy.

As to my association with Cook Forest, I had been working with Anthony Cook since 1994 on keeping the wolves at bay. Development pressures on Cook were encroaching on the Forest Cathedral. During that time, I got to know several of the people at the State Park, but I could readily see that none of them really appreciated the resource they were managing. Dale was a breath of fresh air, and still is. As an ex-Marine, he is disciplined and when he sets his sights, the job is going to get done. You can count on it. Dale set about measuring thAt one point, it was #1 in the Northeast. It is now #2. During much of the past 10 years, Dale and I set up a kind of staged competition between Cook Forest and Mohawk Trail State Forest in terms of competition for the most 150s. Right now Mohawk leads, but that is because Cook's count is outdated. I expect if we could redo Cook, the number of 150s would exceed 120. Mohawk's count presently stands at 117.

Although I haven't had the chance to talk to him about it, I think Dale is the perfect person to narrate a video on ENTS measuring methods for American Forests. I'm pretty sure he'd be interested. Question is, does he have the time? He's very much in demand at Cook Forest, and rightly so. I vote for June to be the Dale Luthringer Month in ENTS? Who votes with me?

Bob
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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by James Parton » Tue May 24, 2011 8:37 am

I'm with you, Bob!

Hey, that ENT of the month thing sounds cool! It reminds me of " Employee of the Month " at one of my past jobs.
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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by edfrank » Tue May 24, 2011 2:51 pm

Bob,

You do realize that Dale talks funny. He pronounce CREEK as if it had a E sound as in bees, while everyone knows it has has an i sound like in lick or stick. It is pronounced krik I suppose we could work around the words he mutilates.

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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by dbhguru » Tue May 24, 2011 4:59 pm

Ed,

Gee, I understand brother Dale perfectly. Hmmm, wonder what that says about my pronunciation?

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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by James Parton » Tue May 24, 2011 11:25 pm

Me too! It's a southern accent!
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Re: Forest Friends: Dale Luthringer

Post by Don » Wed May 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Bob-
Of course I'm of a similar mind!
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