John C. Hendee

John Hendee
Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1967
Current Position: 
Professor Emeritus, Department of Conservation Social Sciences, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho

Dr. Hendee began his career in 1961 in timber management on the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon. He then worked in fire research at the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Experiment Station in Berkeley and as recreation research unit leader at the Pacific Northwest Forest Experiment Station in Seattle from 1967 to 1976, where he also served as affiliate faculty in forestry at the University of Washington. He was selected as a Federal Congressional Fellow for 1976-77, and served on the staffs of Senator Frank Church of Idaho and Congressman James Weaver of Oregon; he then served on the Legislative Affairs Staff of the Forest Service in Washington, D.C., 1978, and as assistant director of the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station in Asheville, North Carolina, 1979-1985. He was appointed Dean of the University of Idaho, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, in August 1985, serving nine years until July 1, 1994, when he became full-time director of the UI Wilderness Research Center and Professor of Resource Recreation and Tourism. Dr. Hendee has authored over 150 publications, including three books, on human dimensions of natural resources, wilderness, and wildlife management. He is senior co-author of the text book Wilderness Management (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), co-author of the reference book Wildlife Management in Wilderness, and Introduction to Forests and Renewable Resources (6th and 7th editions). He was the founding Managing Editor (1995) and is now Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Wilderness. Dr. Hendee was vice chair for Science for the 4th and 5th World Wilderness Congresses, 1987 and 1993; chair of the SAF National Wilderness Research Needs Task Force, 1991-93; member of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council Committees on Science in the National Parks, 1990-1992 and on Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management, 1993-1999. He is vice chair for science for the WILD Foundation, sponsors of the World Wilderness Congresses and the International Journal of Wilderness. Dr. Hendee has received numerous awards, including the American Motors' National Conservation Achievement Award (1974), the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Wilderness Research and Education (1985), several certificates of merit and cash awards from the USDA Forest Service, the American Society for Public Administration award for "Lifetime Contributions to the Administration of Natural Resources" (1987); and an award for leadership in Wilderness Research and Education from the Society of American Foresters Wilderness Working Group (1993). Now in transition to retirement, Dr. Hendee is revising his Wilderness and Forestry textbooks, completing wilderness therapy research, overseeing the International Journal of Wilderness, and assists his wife, Marilyn Riley, taking clients on wilderness vision quests with their non-profit educational company.