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Lody Smith, former Nevada state forester, dies

Lody Smith, former Nevada state forester, dies

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Feb 23, 2012

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Lowell "Lody" Smith, who served 16 years as Nevada state forester, has died.

Friends say Smith died Tuesday at the age of 75.

A longtime Carson City resident, Smith began his career with the state of Nevada in 1957 and worked 35 years before retiring in 1992.

Current state Forester Pete Anderson says Smith also served as president of the National Association of State Foresters in the early 80s, and credits Smith with chartering the future of the state agency.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei recalled Smith as a "true conservationist" who dedicated his life to stewardship of the West.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller echoed those sentiments, saying Smith's dedication to conservation and management of the state's lands will have long-lasting effects.

There was no immediate word on services.

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