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John Schelhas

John Schelhas

Research Forester
320 Green Street
United States

Phone: 706-559-4260
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Current Research

African Amerian landowners and forestry. Tribes and forests. Private forest owner decision-making. Social acceptability of bioenergy in the U.S. South.

Research Interests

Social and cultural dimensions of natural resource use and conservation:

Environmental values. Land use choice. Social networks. Race/ethnicity.


Natural resource management and policy:

Land use and sustainable development. National parks and protected areas.

Forests on private lands. Participation, collaboration, and community-based approaches.

Interdisciplinary research. Relationships between research and practice.
Biofuels. Tourism and pilgrimage. Tribes and forest management.

Past Research

Minority and limited-resource forest landowners in Alabama.
Forest values in Central America.
Forest and land use choice in Central America.



  • University of Arizona, Ph.D. Renewable Natural Resources; Anthropology. 1991
  • University of Arizona, M.S. Watershed Management 1979
  • University of Michigan, B.S. Natural Resources 1977

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Athens, GA
    2010 - Current
  • Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Tuskegee University, AL
    1999 - 2010
  • Research Associate and Senior Research Associate, Deptartment of Natural Resources, Cornell University
    1992 - 1999
    Coordinated NSF Research Training Grant, Cornell Program and Ecological and Social Science Challenges of Conservation

Awards & Recognition

  • Director's Partnership Award, Southern Research Station, 2019
    For innovative efforts in establishing a partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which resulted in improved and integrated management of culturally important forest products for the Eastern Band.
  • Visiting Tribal Heritage Scholar, Grey Towers, Milford, PA, 2017
  • Director’s Multicultural Organization Award, Southern Research Station, 2010
    For significant contributions to the Agency's ability to meet the needs of minority and limited-resource forest landowners, and for outreach and edcuation of Tuskegee University students.

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Research Highlights


Engaging African American Forest Owners in Sustainable Forest Management

Baseline research was conducted in three southern U.S. states for a community- based outreach program: the Sustainable Forestry and African Amer ...


Last updated on : 12/10/2019