According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, paper and pulp was the No. 1 sector of Georgia’s forestry industry last year, accounting for 65 percent of total revenue. But, before trees become paper, someone has to determine which trees will make the best pulp and the environmental and economic impact of using those trees. This is what Blake Sherry ’17 will be doing as a procurement officer at International Paper upon graduation from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The opportunity came from a summer internship he did with the company.
“Some of the guys I worked with at International Paper have been there for 40 years,” he said. “I admire a company where people stay that long.”
Blake has always loved being outdoors, something that is rooted in family hunting trips and farming. When the Marietta native came to UGA, he originally intended on majoring in business, but he knew that Warnell is where he needed to pursue his education. He says taking forestry economics and international forest business with professor Jacek Siry, Ph.D. has had a tremendous impact on his understanding of sustainability.
“When most people think about sustainability, they don’t realize that you have to look at not only if it’s good for the environment, but also for the people who live in or near that environment,” he said.