Forestry was in his blood

TEACHING IN THE FIELD, LITERALLY - Russell Strong, with glasses and papers, spent most of his life teaching others the intricacies of forestry at Montgomery Community College. 

After 26 years of service, Russell Strong has retired as an instructor and department chair of the forestry program at Montgomery Community College. Strong has been the face of the forestry program for years. Not only was he an integral part of building the forestry program and its reputation, he was active in the community as well. 

According to Strong, forestry was part of his lineage. “I came from a family that worked in forestry from both sides, my mother’s and my father’s,” he stated. “My daddy’s family was from South Carolina. They did a lot of sawmilling and saw filing work. I was around them growing up where we did a lot of hunting and fishing.” But it goes further back than just his father. 

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