Glen E. Dabney, RF, ACF, retired president and founder of Eagle Forestry Services Inc. and EFS GeoTechnologies of Monticello, has been honored with the national Distinguished Forester Award from the Association of Consulting Foresters of America (ACF).

Dabney was recognized for his lifetime dedication to contributing to forestry and to the ACF, according to a news release June 29.

For the last 42 years, Dabney and his family lived at Monticello. They recently moved to Mountain Home, he said.

“Now retired, Glen built two complimentary firms providing aerial photography services and geographic information service to states across the southeast United States, and was active in ACF and related organizations,” said Michael R. Wetzel, principal, Ecce Silva LLC of Aiken, S.C., and ACF president.

“Glen truly deserves this award for his many valuable contributions to the forestry industry,” Wetzel said.

The award marks a forester’s contributions to the application of forestry on private lands, to the advancement of the profession, to private ownership of forestlands, and to the national organization.

“Through ACF, I am very proud to have participated in protecting our professional entrepreneurial right to practice without undue competition from government, to protect private landowner rights and our rights to practice as consulting foresters,” Dabney said.

Before managing his two firms, Dabney was co-owner and president of Kingwood Forestry Services Inc.; co-founder and co-owner of Davis Forestry of Arkansas Inc.; and a state supervisor with Davis Forestry Services Inc.

Dabney has been an ACF member for 34 years and is currently a lifetime retired member. He was ACF president, Gulf Region director, chair of the 1997 national conference committee, and chair of the membership revocation task group. He served on a number of ACF’s committee and task forces including strategic planning, membership assessment task group, nominating committee, and the search committee for ACF’s Executive Director. He also was ACF’s liaison to the National Association of State Foresters.

In addition to his ACF activities, Dabney was chair of the Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters appointed by former Gov. Bill Clinton; and a member of Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Board appointed by former Gov. Mike Beebe. He was active with the Monticello, Drew County Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Forestry Association, Alabama Forest Owners Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Monticello & Drew County Arkansas 20 for the Future, Monticello & Drew County Hospital Development Committee, and St. Marks Catholic Church.

Dabney graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management from Texas A&M University in 1977. He also attended the University of Houston at Victoria, Texas. He is a commercial pilot with more than 13,000 hours logged, and was an Arkansas registered herbicide applicator.

“On behalf of ACF, we congratulate Glen,” said Shannon McCabe, executive director, ACF. “This is the highest honor a consulting forester can achieve and it couldn’t have gone to anyone more deserving.”

Foresters are nominated for the award and voted on by their ACF member peers across the country. The award is usually bestowed upon the recipient at ACF’s National Conference but this year’s conference, scheduled for June 2020 in Austin, was canceled due to COVID-19.

ACF members help landowners enhance property values, increase the value of timber, produce a more sustainable timber harvest, enhance wildlife habitat, and establish and protect people’s forest legacy. Because of their vital role in the supply chain, ACF members have been deemed essential workers during COVID-19, according to the news release.

As a condition of membership, every consulting forester must have minimum education and experience levels, complete the Practice of Consulting Forestry course, and most importantly, agree to adhere to the organization’s stringent Code of Ethics.