Maine Project Learning Tree Stewardship Award Renamed Anita Smith Stewardship Award
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Maine Project Learning Tree Stewardship Award Renamed Anita Smith Stewardship Award

Maine Project Learning Tree coordinator Lena Ives (left) presents Anita Smith (right) the inaugural Anita Smith Stewardship Award With a small gathering of colleagues and friends, Anita Smith, retiring Project Learning Tree Steering Committee Chair, received the newly renamed Anita Smith Stewardship Award from Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT). The award was renamed to honor…

Forestry Field Day at Bombadil Tree Farm
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Forestry Field Day at Bombadil Tree Farm

By Jennifer Hicks, Maine Woodland Owners Maine Woodland Owners, Maine Tree Farm, along with Vince and Kathi Seiwert, hosted Forestry Field Day on Saturday, September 10th, at the Seiwert’s property, Bombadil Tree Farm in Ashland. The couple, who were awarded the 2022 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, welcomed close to 200 people to…

Mike St. Peter Receives Abby Holman Public Service Award
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Mike St. Peter Receives Abby Holman Public Service Award

Mike St. Peter, the primary safety instructor for Maine TREE’s Certified Logging Professional program, received the Maine Forest Products Council Abby Holman Public Service Award on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the Council’s annual meeting. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding service and demonstrated passion, loyalty, and dedication to Maine’s forest products industry…

Ken Laustsen Receives 2021 Austin Wilkins Award

Ken Laustsen Receives 2021 Austin Wilkins Award

Maine TREE Foundation and the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry selected Kenneth Laustsen for the 2021 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award.  The award was presented to him at the 2022 NESAF meeting in Portland. Ken started his career as a right-of-way foreman doing brush control work, through decades with Great…

2021 CLP Loggers of the Year
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2021 CLP Loggers of the Year

Kirby McCarthy – 2021 CLP Conventional Logger of the Year Recognition in this business doesn’t just fall from the trees. You must earn it. The nominees were submitted for the awards by fellow employees, employers, foresters, and landowners. The winners were chosen by a panel of industry stakeholders, and all must meet and exceed in…

Maine Tree Farm Photo Contest, March 2022 – Kraske Family Tree Farm
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Maine Tree Farm Photo Contest, March 2022 – Kraske Family Tree Farm

March’s featured photos for our Maine Tree Farm 70th Anniversary photo contest were submitted by the Kraskes, highlighting the Kraske Family Tree Farm! Since 1968, Marjory Kraske (photographed below) and her late husband, David, have owned and operated this property, originally established as a dairy farm (pictured below) that closed in the early 1940s. After…

Maine Tree Farm Photo Contest – Dodd Family Woodlot
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Maine Tree Farm Photo Contest – Dodd Family Woodlot

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Dodd The first month of our Maine Tree Farm photo contest has arrived! January’s winning photo was submitted by Thomas Dodd, a state-licensed forester and FAA certified drone pilot. Thomas took this aerial photo with one of his drones and enhanced it using various software. This photo highlights the Dodd Family…

2022 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year: Vince & Kathi Seiwert of Bombadil Tree Farm
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2022 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year: Vince & Kathi Seiwert of Bombadil Tree Farm

Each year, the Maine Tree Farm Program recognizes the superior stewardship of its members through the annual Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year recognition program. This winter, the Maine Tree Farm Committee is thrilled to recognize the 2022 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Vincent and Kathi Seiwert. Vince and Kathi are the…

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust awarded 2022 Hancock County Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
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Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust awarded 2022 Hancock County Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Aerial photo of woodcock habitat cuts at Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Photo courtesy of Landon Fake, Executive Director of GPMCT. The Maine Tree Farm Committee is proud to announce that Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust has been selected as the Hancock County 2022 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The award selection committee met…

Andy Shultz presented the American Tree Farm System Leadership Recognition Award
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Andy Shultz presented the American Tree Farm System Leadership Recognition Award

Andy Shultz (right) is presented with an American Tree Farm System Leadership Recognition Award by former Maine Tree Farm Coordinator, Logan Johnson (left). Photo courtesy of Maine Woodland Owners  The Maine Tree Farm Committee would like to extend their utmost gratitude to Andy Shultz, former Committee Chair and long-standing Committee member, for his tireless efforts…