Stephen F. Austin State University Forestry students recently wrapped up a six-week summer course learning how to turn trees into lumber. Last week the group of 58 forestry students toured one of the longest-operating mills in the nation, Georgia-Pacific’s Diboll Lumber Mill.

The junior and senior college students have spent weeks in the field understanding reforestation, harvesting and the process of manufacturing wood products such as lumber, plywood and composite panels. Danny Wright, GP Diboll Lumber Plant Manager, says Georgia-Pacific has worked closely with SFA through the years to provide students with an up-close look at lumber operations. “Many of these students will end up working in the forestry industry and it is important that they see first-hand all aspects of the business. We strive to give students the total experience, from the time a log enters our facility to when it is converted into lumber and loaded on trucks for delivery,” said Wright. “We are proud to partner with SFA to offer these students the real-world experience.”