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New forest technician comes to Halifax County

G. T. Hendrick has joined the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Halifax as the new forestry technician for Halifax County.

 The Mecklenburg native previously worked as forestry technician in Goochland and Fluvanna counties and has been working for the Virginia Department of Forestry since May 2008.

As a forestry technician, Hendrick’s core responsibilities include making sure timber harvesting operations are in compliance with the Virginia silvicultural water laws and coordinating wild land fire suppression, prevention and investigation in the county and state. 

He also is responsible for coordinating Smokey the Bear programs and educating the public on burn laws.

Hendrick also assists volunteer fire departments with training, equipment and grants and assists Forester Peter Eales and Senior Area Forester Dave Snyder, coordinators of the county forest management programs.

Hendrick started the position in early July and plans to connect with local landowners, loggers and emergency services personnel to build a fire prevention and suppression program in the county.

According to Snyder, Hendrick’s experience from Goochland will prove to be very helpful in Halifax County. 

Hendrick graduated from Bluestone High School and Governors School in 2004, and he continued his education at Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor of Science in forestry.

What he likes most about his job, Hendrick said is spending plenty of time outdoors and getting to meet new people. He also enjoys seeing a lot of active forest management in the county.

When asked what he thought was the most interesting part of his job, Hendrick said, “Firefighting, because it wasn’t something I expected to get into, but you always learn something new and do it better the next time.”

He really likes what he does because he has always liked being outside. The new forestry technician said he took this job because it allowed him to do what he enjoys and come to back to Southside where he is from originally.