Forrest E. Orr Gift Gives Boost to
Classroom and Pole Barn Buildings at Jericho Research Forest
We are pleased to report that Susan Orr ’76 (Arts and Sciences)
has given the School’s Forestry Department a generous gift
in honor of her late father, Forrest E. Orr. The gift will be used
to support the design, construction, renovation, and related general
purposes of two buildings at the Jericho Research Forest, the classroom
and the pole barn.
Inspired by this gift, the Board of Trustees approved a formal renaming
of the existing pole barn to be known as The Forrest E. Orr Conservation
Center with signage indicating it as such. The renovation funds
from this gift will expand the pole barn’s use as a working
classroom while maintaining the capacity to use it as a shop.
Sue’s father, Forrest Orr, also father to Patrick Orr ’77
of UVM’s Theater Department, was the Orleans County Forester
with the Department of Forest and Parks, hired by Perry Merrill
in 1949. He received his Forestry degree from Syracuse and worked
primarily with non-industrial private forest land owners, giving
them technical advice on the management and restoration of their
forest. Forrest’s work in the far Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
led him to the head of the Vermont Department of Energy during the
energy crisis of the 1970s and then on to the even hotter federal
Department of Energy. In addition to this outstanding resume, Forrest
was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist and proudly served his
country in WWII.
We are grateful for this gift, especially because it is tied to
an important figure who embodies our mission in Jericho so well.
Students studying and learning in the renovated buildings will feel
the presence of Forrest Orr and his legacy will live on in the mission
of the Green Forestry Education Initiative.