|Name||Paul W. Johnson|
Decorah, Iowa , United States
|| June 10, 1941
Apr 29, 2016 11:40pm
|Info||Paul W. Johnson was born in 1941 to Wallace and Rachel Johnson, a minister and a homemaker. He is married to Patricia Johnson, Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work at Luther College. Their family includes three adult children: Eric, Andy and Annika, their spouses and five granddaughters. |
Paul holds a BS (1966) and MS (1969) in Forestry from the University of Michigan and an honorary doctorate from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His international experience spans Peace Corps service in Ghana, West Africa (1962�4), forestry teaching in Ghana (1967�68), doctoral research in tropical forest ecology in Costa Rica (1969, 1970, 1971), co-directorship of the Luther College Nottingham Year (1980�81) in Nottingham, England and numerous educational and research visits to countries such as Sweden and the former Soviet Union.
Since 1974, Paul and his family have owned and operated Oneota Slopes Farm near Decorah, Iowa. Their farm has included dairy, corn, soybeans, hay, beef cattle, sheep, and Christmas trees. Recently, the tree farm has expanded to provide fresh cut, sustainably grown Christmas trees to numerous local businesses and co-ops in Iowa and Minnesota.
Paul�s distinguished public service career includes three terms in the Iowa State Legislature (1984�1990) during which he co-authored the 1987 Groundwater Protection Act, the 1989 Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) and the 1990 Iowa Energy Act. In addition, Paul served as Chief of the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) at the United States Department of Agriculture from 1993�1997 and as Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 1999�2000.
Additional service includes two terms on the National Research Council�s Board on Agriculture (1988�1993) and participation on numerous foundation boards including the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has been the recipient of many awards over his years of public service, among them the prestigious Hugh Hammond Bennett Conservation Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.
Paul stepped down from his last public service position in 2000 upon the birth of his third granddaughter. He has since spent his time speaking, writing, traveling, farming, fishing and caring for grandchildren