The U.S. Forest Service presented Chuck Leavell with the Honorary Forest Ranger award in Atlanta on Monday. The award was given to Leavell for his expertise and activism in protecting American forests.
Population growth and development are the main threats to forest land in the South. In a new study, federal forestry officials say Georgia and surrounding states can expect to lose 23 million acres of land over the next five decades—more than 20 percent. But it’s not only urbanization as a reason--weather patterns, bioenergy use and invasive species are also dangers.