Daniel Goerlich of Halifax, Va., was awarded the 2003 Young Forester Leadership Award from the Society of American Foresters Appalachian Society. Goerlich received his bachelor's degree in forestry and wildlife management from the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in 1994.

Goerlich is currently employed by Virginia Cooperative Extension as an Extension agent in Halifax, Va., and covers the central district of 17 counties.

The College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top five programs of its kind in the nation. Faculty members stress both the technical and human elements of natural resources and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. As a land-grant university, Virginia Tech serves the Commonwealth of Virginia in teaching, research, and Extension.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.