Cody Brooks, a senior in Forest Management, has taken advantage of just about every opportunity available during his three years at Montgomery Community College and two years at NC State. He decided to study forest management because of his early experiences with a small family sawmill. He enjoyed working outdoors and knew he ultimately wanted a forestry degree from NC State.
His time at the community college gave him the practical knowledge and skills as he earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Forest Management Technology. While there, he worked part-time at the Uwharrie National Forest as a forest technician, mainly in forest inventory and GPS mapping.
Cody spent last summer as an intern for Plum Creek Timber Company in the Charleston, SC area. He participated in many different aspects of their forest management program, including silviculture inspections of mid-rotation fertilizations in timber stands, operations inspections of ditching and road maintenance contractors, logging inspections and BMP enforcement and more. His varied work and academic experiences have led to a job after graduation with Neal and Associates, a forest consulting company in Ahoskie, NC.
While at NC State, Cody participated in the NCSU Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the Forestry Club, and the College of Natural Resources Student Ambassador program. He says that some things he values about his time here are being involved with events and the networking opportunities.
Cody has been extremely successful because he pursued every opportunity that interested him, and as a result, his undergraduate experiences made him a better forest management scientist, leader, and citizen. I have no doubt that Cody will have a positive impact on the company he works for and the community where he lives.