2023 Year in Review
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2023 Year in Review

At Maine TREE Foundation, forest-based education and workforce development were key themes in 2023. With a dedicated and creative staff, we accomplished a great deal toward our mission of educating and advocating for the sustainable use of the forest and the ecological, economic, and social health of Maine’s Forest communities. We can’t do this alone,…

2024 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Announced
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2024 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Announced

Larry and Barbara Beauregard – 2024 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Award Recipients Larry and Barbara Beauregard have been named the 2024 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the Maine Tree Farm Program. The couple has owned their 117-acre woodlot since 1981 and have been active Tree Farmers since 2005.  Their goals…

33rd Annual CLP Banquet
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33rd Annual CLP Banquet

“The program was inspiring,” said an attendee as they departed the Annual Certified Logging Professional Banquet. Maine’s Logging Community members gathered on the first Friday of December for the 33rd Annual CLP Banquet at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The evening, centered around the community enjoying a fantastic as-always meal together, celebrated the accomplishments of this year’s class of 64 new CLPs, the 2023 CLP Loggers of the Year, and three guest speakers who provided innovative solutions to challenges we are all facing in the logging community.

Maine TREE Foundation to Honor 2023 Forest Award Recipients

Maine TREE Foundation to Honor 2023 Forest Award Recipients

Maine Timber Research & Environmental Education Foundation (Maine TREE) is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award and the newly established Sherry Huber Forest Champion Award. These awards honor individuals, landowners, and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the sustainable management of Maine’s forest resources….

Certified Logging Professionals 2022 Banquet

Certified Logging Professionals 2022 Banquet

CLP Advisory Committee Chair Bill Taylor provides a welcome address and program update The CLP program held its 32nd annual banquet on December 2, 2022. Over 85 guests attended the event at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer to recognize the logging professionals who joined the CLP program in 2022 and celebrate the three loggers of the…

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…

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…

Board Member Barrie Brusila honored as Society of American Foresters District 6 Presidential Field Forester
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Board Member Barrie Brusila honored as Society of American Foresters District 6 Presidential Field Forester

Maine TREE would like to congratulate Barrie Brusila, as she was recently announced as Society of American Forester’s (SAF) 2021 Presidential Field Forester for District 6. Barrie has operated Mid-Maine Forestry since 1983 and is a highly valued member of the Maine TREE Board who has dedicated extensive time and effort to ensure the success…