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We are a retired group of men and women who:

  • Is a retiree or someone close to retirement from employment with the USDA - Forest Service.

  • Is a spouse of a deceased retiree, who qualified as a member.

  • Is a retiree who has, at any time, been employed by the USDA - Forest Service. 

New and past retirees are welcome!  Join Now!

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About us

This organization is a non-profit (501c4), based in Atlanta, Georgia, to serve present, former and anticipated Forest Service retirees of the Southern United States.  Members are former professional, technical and administrative employees of the USDA Forest Service and have at one time worked in or now live in the 13 Southern States or Puerto Rico. Area chapters or other special interest, or more intimate groups, have been organized throughout the Region.

Membership Application

Annual dues are $15, but new first time members get the first year free.  Make check out to SFSRA and mail application to:

Clair Redmond

941 Northrope Dr NE

Atlanta, GA 30324-4219

A Memorial Fund category has been established.  If you would like to donate to the Southern Forest Service Retiree Association in memory or in honor of someone, you can now do so.  Funds will be used to cover costs of memorials or however you wish to designate.

 

Send note and check to: 

Clair Redmond

941 Northrope Dr NE

Atlanta, GA 30324-4219

Mac Gramley is our representative to the NFSRA.

Read the National Association of Forest Service Retirees newletter "LOOKOUT"

There are a lot of good books about Forest Service history that would make for great reading and gifts.  See links below:

 

 

Just Released:

Stories of a Forest Ranger- Tales of Life in the U.S. Forest Service

$14.95

by Pete Griffin

https://forestservicemuseum.org/product/stories-of-a-forest-ranger/

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History of the Forest Service Badge- a short video 

https://rockymountaineers.us/media/videos/FS-Badge/TheForestServiceBadge.mp4

NOTICE

Due to hacks, scams, phishing, illegal violations and crimes, we have taken all email links off this site.  If you need to get in contact with us, click on the Contact Us link and someone will get back to you.  We are sorry for this inconvenience, but we want to protect the privacy and security of our officers and board members.  The "hard copy" Annual Membership Directory was sent to all paid members and it will provide contact information as well.

History and Culture of the Southern Region-

The Forest History Society has several historical documents and literature about the Forest and Range lands of the southern region.  Check these out

 

 https://foresthistory.org/research-explore/us-forest-service-history/u-s-forest-service-publications/region-8-southern/

https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2015/06/The_USDA_Forest_Service_TheFirstCentury.pdf

Dixie Ranger Newsletter

"The Dixie Ranger" is our newsletter published two to three times per year and is included with the purchase of the annual dues.  Articles, information and obituaries can be sent to the editor Thurman Harp, 109 Dahlia Drive

Griffin, GA 30223-5796.

Get Involved
 
We want to keep in touch with our old friends and coworkers.  We have two luncheons every year around the first of June and first of December in Atlanta.  Local groups all over the region get together more frequently.  The Dixie Ranger Newsletter, Facebook Page and the e-mail notices also keep our members informed.
 

SFSRA Luncheon/Business Meeting December 2

 

Greetings All, 

Wanted to let you know that our “End of the Year” Luncheon/Business Meeting will take place this year! 

It has been two years, because of the Pandemic, since our last in person meeting....hard to believe!! 

So, with much optimism our luncheon will be Thursday, December 2, 2021 beginning at 11:30 am for fellowship, followed by a delicious lunch, business meeting and door prizes at 12:00 noon. Arrangements have been made at the Petite Violette Restaurant, located at 2948 Clairmont Road in Atlanta. Please mark your calendars now and make planes to join us....it’s been way to long to be in fellowship with our Forest Service retirees family! The luncheon cost is $28.00, please use a check if possible made out to SFSRA. 

This year we celebrate our 50 anniversary as SFSRA and the Dixie Ranger. I would like to make a special request to all the former SFSRA Presidents and Dixie Ranger editors to make this luncheon, if at all possible. Special recognitions will be presented in appreciation of their service. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, November 29, to Nancy Sorrells, phone: (770) 469-5799, or email: nsorrell@bellsouth.net or Joyce Keith, phone: (404) 229-988, or email: joycekeith20@outlook.com. (Early reservations are appreciated, cancellations will be accepted through November 29). We are obligated to pay for the number of reservations turned into the restaurant. 

 

Best Regards, 

Sonny Cudabac,  

President, SFSRA 

A Message From Our President, Sonny Cudabac

 

Dear Fellow Retirees,

 

My goodness, where has all the time gone?  It seems like it was yesterday that I was handed the old wooden gavel from Mac Gramley and became President of SFSRA.  It’s been almost two years and because of Covid-19, we have not yet had an in-person Luncheon/Meeting together.  Hopefully that will finally change in our tentatively scheduled meeting on December 2, 2021.

 

These past two years has not been on hold for our Southern Forest Service Retirees Association (SFSRA) staff.  We were able to rewrite our SFSRA Constitution with some much-needed changes.  We added two new appointee positions: Data Base Manager and Assistant Dixie Ranger Editor and filled several opened appointee positions.  We have held numerous Zoom meetings with staff and member participation which has kept us motivated and informed.  With the fine leadership of Silvia Molina (Membership Chair) and President-elect Tom Darden, we have kicked off a positive campaign of outreach and information to encourage new membership in SFSRA!  And, last but not least, this year we celebrate our 50th anniversary of SFSRA and the Dixie Ranger, let’s work toward another 50!

 

The Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted all of our lives, not just here and in the USA, but all over the world.  An event of this magnitude can be so disruptive that depression, despair, and negative thinking can take over.  I encourage us all to make fellowship, family and yes, Forest Service relationships a priority.

 

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as SFSRA President the past two years and I encourage your support for our President-elect Tom Darden and our capable staff.  What better way to keep fellowship as a priority than belonging to SFSRA.

 

Stay safe and may God Bless,

 

         Sonny

 

Sonny Cudabac, President

OVERVIEW OF THE REUNION AT THE CRADLE

Respectfully Submitted by a tired Reunion attendee—Jeannette Hartog, President 2018, OldTimers (Reprinted with permission)

 

The Southern FS Retirees Association in conjunction with the USDA-FS Southern Region and USDA-FS Southern Research Station welcomed FS Retirees from all parts of our nation. The purpose of the reunion was not only for visiting, reconnecting and enjoying each other, but also to rediscover (or discover for some) the Birthplace of Forestry in the US.

There were stories and history of the Pinchot family shared by Bibi Gaston, the great-grandniece of Gifford Pinchot. She shared untold stories of brave souls who launched the American Conservation Movement. We also heard from Chase Pickering, a great-great-grandson of George Vanderbilt. As a fifth generation family owner of Biltmore, he shared his family’s mission to preserve Biltmore as a conservation effort. These two speakers set the stage for the week as we explored The Cradle of Forestry in America, the Birthplace of science-based forest management.

     We were offered two field trips: One to the Cradle of Forestry which included a visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and to the Cradle located on the Pisgah NF. We learned about Carl Schenck and saw his first American forestry school in Pisgah. This unique tour showcased the culture and music of the Southern Appalachian Mountain. We were served a luncheon of local taste treats followed by a local musician and story teller. Great stories, all in attendance won’t soon forget!

     The second field trip was Biltmore Behind the Gate Tour which took folks behind locked gates to explore conservation history connections with Gifford Pinchot and Carl Schenck who established the first American forestry school on the Biltmore property. This tour also included the Mansion, gardens, and highlighted a limited engagement of Chihuly Glasswork

We enjoyed a presentation by Lisa Tate, Executive Director of the National Museum of FS History. She shared recent happenings with the Museum which will include a premier virtual exhibit which is now available to view at www.forestservicemuseum.org

     The Reunion was also a fundraiser for the museum with new memberships. All proceeds, after expenses, from the Silent Auction and other monies left over after expenses will be donated to the museum.

     A highlight of the week was the banquet on Thursday evening that feature the Bailey Mountain Cloggers from Mars Hills College in the Mountains near Asheville. They even taught some brave folks to Clog—our group has talent!!

Friday morning saw a tired, but happy group sad to say “Goodbye” to those they had reconnected with during the week. The Southern FS Retirees Association closed out the Reunion by passing the baton and a $5,000 check to the 2021 Reunion Hostess, Nancy Gibson, of the Pacific Southwest Retirees. The 2021 Lake Tahoe Gathering will be held September 13-17, 2021, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV.

This was my first National Reunion, and it was great. My “congrats” to the Southern Retirees for their hospitality and an overall memorable experience!!