Center Scientist Helps Mind MANRRS Conference to Build Forest Service Careers


Johnny Boggs shakes hands with Smokey Bear Biological scientist Johnny Boggs attended his first Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference in 1997. Then a student at Alabama A&M University, he recalls how inspired he felt among 800 other students pursuing degrees and professional careers in natural resources and scientific fields. Today, he is among leaders providing support and inspiration to today’s students. At the MANRRS 2018 Annual Career Fair and Training Conference held in Greensboro, NC—the largest conference yet with 1,200 people in attendance—Boggs assisted with conference logistics as a liaison between the Forest Service and MANRRS. He also served on the hiring team for the first formal Forest Service hiring event. “MANRRS is not only an organization that promotes and fosters academic advancement, but it makes you want to be excellent – the best scholar you can be,” Boggs says of the non-profit organization which aims to “change the face of agriculture by linking hands around the world.” Read more in CompassLive…

Pictured: Johnny Boggs shares a moment with Smokey Bear at the MANRRS 2018 Annual Career Fair and Training Conference in Greensboro, NC. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.


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