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Not many people have a section of national forest named for them, but then again, not many people have taught for 50 years or carried one research project for 50 years.

T.W. Daniel, 88, professor emeritus of forestry at Utah State University, was recently honored by having part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest named the T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest. The land, near the summit of Logan Canyon, is four sections or four square miles. One section has been under the control of USU's College of Natural Resources since 1936.Under an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, USU acquired the piece for research and student projects when its School of Forestry opened. It has been known as the school forest or college forest since then. The Forest Service has allowed the university to use an adjacent three sections as part of the study area.

Daniel, whose Ph.D. degree in forestry from University of California at Berkeley was one of the nation's first, came to USU in 1945 as a tenured professor. He immediately began research on the school forest and among many other research projects has kept a conifer cone count on the forest for 50 years.

Research performed on this piece of national forest makes up a nine-page bibliography and includes thesis, dissertations and research papers. Students attending the annual College of Natural Resources summer camp for lower division students spend considerable time on the land.

During the dedication of the forest as the T.W. Daniel Experimental Forest, colleagues and former students praised Daniel as a demanding and memorable teacher. He officially retired in 1973 but continued to teach until 1983 and was one of the teachers at the forestry summer camp until last summer.

Liz Schuppert of the Society of American Foresters and Debra Johnson, ranger on the Logan District of the Cache National Forest, talked about Daniel's contribution to forestry. Johnson read several comments from former students.

"People say you changed their lives," Johnson said to Daniel. "No one is more deserving of this than you."

Daniel, who said he never felt that teaching was work, added that he was kind of taken aback by the honor. "I can't imagine this happening unless I was dead," he said.