B.S. degree in Forest Resources, University of Georgia, 1969.
M.S. degree in Wildlife Management, University of Georgia, 1975.
U.S. Marine Corps Combat Engineer Officer, 1969-1972
Licensed Real Estate Salesman, State of South Carolina
2013 - Present: Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
1988 - 2012: Folk Land Management, Inc.; Owner and President. This company specializes in combined forestry and wildlife management to achieve landowners' objectives for aesthetics, recreation and timber production.
1985 - 1988: Hurlbutt, Waldrop & Folk, Inc.; Partner, Forester and Wildlife Biologist. Joining this forestry firm expanded its services to include wildlife management and land use planning for outdoor recreation.
1975 - 1985: South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department; Assistant District Wildlife Biologist. Working in a seven county area in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the primary responsibilities as a district biologist included providing technical assistance to landowners in managing habitat for game and non-game species, coordination of timber and wildlife objectives, and facilitating recreational use of the land.
1975 - 1980: South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department; Project Leader, Bear Island Wildlife Management Area. Upland wildlife species and waterfowl were intensively managed on this state-owned management area. In addition to implementation responsibilities, public hunts for ducks, deer, dove, quail and rabbits were held and field trips for various nature oriented groups were conducted.
B.S. degree in Forest Resources, Clemson University, 1999
U.S. Marine Corps Ground Supply Officer 2000-2002
Series Commander, Marine Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC; 2002-2004
Officer In Charge, Regional Detention Facility, Al Asad,Iraq, 7 months in 2006-2007
Certified Prescribed Fire Manager #1281, State of South Carolina
Registered Forester #1814, State of South Carolina
Registered Forester #1769, State of North Carolina
2013 - Present: Folk Land Management, Inc.; President, forester.
2009 - 2012: Folk Land Management, Inc.; Forester
2008 - 2009: Controlling Member/Owner, ACE Basin Enterprises, L.L.C. Conducted prescribed fires for fuel reduction and wildlife management.
2004 - 2005 & 2008: Managing partner, High Country Conservation, L.L.C. Performed trail maintenance on trails in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Maintenance included tread refurbishment, drainage dip and water bar cleaning and installation, brushing, and fallen tree removing.
1995 - present: Conducted numerous prescribed fires in Colleton, Beaufort, Dorchester, Pickens, Oconee, and Georgetown Counties for fuel reduction, hardwood control and wildlife management.
1999; May-August: Associate Director of Conservation, Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America Cimarron, N.M. Trained 12 conservatonist in trail construction and maintenance and timber stand improvement.
1996 - 1998; May-August: Conservationist, Philmont Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts of America Cimarron, N.M. Trained and educated approximately 6,500 participants in timber stand improvement, forest ecology and trail contruction.
B.S. degree in Forest Resources, University of Georgia, 1998.
M.S. degree in Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, 2001.
Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, 2006.
2014 - Present: Folk Land Management, Inc.; CEO, Biologist.
2007 - 2011: Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie. Teach Biology 110 lecture and laboratory. Course is intended for students seeking degrees not in the sciences.
2006 - 2013: Biologist, Folk Land Management, Inc. Responsible for wetland permitting, GIS development and analysis, develop research projects, wildlife management planning and implementation for various agencies.
2001 - 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Auburn University. Responsible for design, implementation, and analysis of 3-year research project on population biology of northern bobwhites. Hired and coordinated nine field research technicians. Prepared research reports for funding and cooperating agencies and organizations. Produced technical and popular press research publications. Gave numerous talks to civic and sportsman groups concerning use of prescribed fire for land and game management in the Southeast.
2000 - 2001: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. Same responsibilities as 1998-2000 GRA position. Academic reorganization at Auburn University responsible for project relocation. Prepared final research reports for funding and cooperating agencies.
1998 - 2000: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Zoology and Wildlife Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, Auburn University. Responsible for design, implementation, and analysis of 2-year research project on reproductive ecology of wood ducks. Conducted avian surgeries for transmitter implantation, and conducted ground and aerial radio-telemetry monitoring. Hired and coordinated two field research technicians. Produced technical research publications.
1997 - 1998: Student Worker, Whitehall Deer Research Facility, D. B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia. Responsible for daily care of 60-100 captive white-tailed deer and maintenance of research facility. Responsible for minor medical care of captive white-tailed deer. Assisted graduate students in research. Conducted annual surveys for white-tailed deer in Whitehall Forest, Athens, Georgia.
Technical research articles (peer reviewed)
Folk, T. H., J. B. Grand, and R. R. Holmes. Temporal and latitudinal variation in northern bobwhite population dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology (submitted).
Folk, T. H. Review of Fire Effects on Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus). Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science. Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Athens, Georgia, USA (submitted). (invited review)
Folk, T. H., and J. B. Grand, W. E. Palmer, S. Wellendorf, T., Terhune, D. C. Sisson, H. L. Stribling, and J. Carroll. Estimates of survival from radio-telemetry: a response to Guthery and Lusk. Journal of Wildlife Management (submitted).
Hartke, K. M., J. B. Grand, G. R. Hepp, and T. H. Folk. Sources of variation in survival of breeding female wood ducks in Alabama and Georgia. Condor (submitted).
Hepp, G. R., T. H. Folk, and C. A. Manlove. In press. Nest temperature, incubation period, and investment decisions of incubating wood ducks. Journal of Avian Biology.
Folk, T. H., and G. R. Hepp. 2003. Effects of habitat use and movement patterns on incubation behavior of female Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) in Southeast Alabama. Auk 120:1159-1167.
Hepp, G. R., T. H. Folk, and K. M. Hartke. 2002. Effects of subcutaneous transmitters on reproduction, incubation behavior, and annual return rates of female Wood Ducks. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:1208-1214.
Folk, T. H. 2002. Research report for Alabama. Proceedings of the Southeast Quail Study Group 8:27-28.
Folk, T. H., and G. R. Hepp. 2001. Habitat use and movement patterns of incubating Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 72:89.
Gassett, J. W., T. H. Folk, K. J. Alexy, K. V. Miller, B. R. Chapman, F. L. Boyd, and D. I. Hall. 2000. Food habits of Cattle Egrets on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Wilson Bulletin 112:268-271.
Technical research articles (in preparation)
Folk, T. H., and J. B. Grand. Survival and movement patterns of northern bobwhites in fire-maintained longleaf pine forests. Journal of Wildlife Management.
Folk, T. H., and J. B. Grand. Aspects of productivity of northern bobwhites in longleaf pine dominated landscapes. Southeastern Naturalist.
Folk, T. H., D. N. Koons, R. R. Holmes, and J. B. Grand. Evolutionary interpretation of gradient vectors. Journal of Mathematical Biology.
Popular press (articles)
Folk, T. H. In press. A combustible situation: reintroduction of prescribed fire into fire suppressed southern pinelands. Wildlife Trends.
Folk, T. H. 2005. Prescribed fire throughout the year: understanding season and frequency of prescribed fire in southeastern pinelands. Wildlife Trends 5:20-24.
Folk, T. H. 2004. Focus of Conecuh project is fire and bobwhite quail. Covey Rise Newsletter 2:14.
Folk, T. H. 2004. Longleaf pine ecosystem effects on quail population. Covey Rise Newsletter 2:7-8.
Popular press (books)
Grand, J. B., Holmes, E., and T. H. Folk, T. DeVos, C. Jenkins, S. Stewart, and J. Thurmond.
A landowner's guide to early successional habitats for northern bobwhites and other wildlife species. Alabama Wildlife Federation, Millbrook, Alabama, USA.