Earl D. Barrs, a native of Cochran, Georgia is a 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia’s Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources. With over 41 years of experience in wildlife and land conservation projects, timber management and land acquisitions, Earl has committed years of leadership in the forest sector both public and private. As president of Due South Investments, LLC, the company focuses on acquiring and managing forest lands across the southeast and in West Virginia.

He and his wife Wanda were named 2009 AFF National Tree Farmers of the Year along with Georgia’s 2010 Governor’s Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award. Earl’s leadership includes Past President of the Georgia Forestry Association; member, Natural Resource Conservation Service State Technical Committee; Past President, UGA WSFNR Alumni Steering Committee; the University of Georgia Arch Foundation; the Georgia Board of Economic Development and Past Chair of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board. In 2013, he was inducted into the GA Society of American Foresters Hall of Fame.