Forest Society Employee Honored by New England Society of American Foresters

April 7, 2009

Forest Society Employee Honored by New England Society of American Foresters

George Frame was recently honored by the New England Society of American Foresters (NESAF) with the James W. Toumey Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service. Throughout his career, Frame has shared his broad array of skills and knowledge with other, often younger, foresters, mentoring and instilling in them his particular brand of common sense and pragmatism.

Frame served as an officer of the NESAF for nearly 10 years, holding positions as chair, vice chair, and state representative. His forestry-related employment history began in the army, where he served as a USDA Forest Service assistant district ranger. He now works as an easement steward at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

In his work at the Forest Society, Frame played a key role in developing the Forest Society’s digital imagery collection and interpreting the findings. He was one of the first to recognize the value of this new technology to monitor conservation easements, and he has shared his knowledge at forestry meetings, as a presenter at the national Land Trust Alliance annual gathering, and with others who hope to use it. He also wrote the Forester’s Guide to Conservation Easements to provide guidance to his colleagues in the professional forestry and land conservation communities.

Frame has a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of New Hampshire. He is a licensed forester in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, an SAF Certified Forester, a Certified Inspector Trainer, and a Certified Tree Farm Inspector.

Frame has another accomplishment that he enjoys sharing with his colleagues: two years ago, he began making home brew. This past winter, the ESB from his Beech Street Brewery was a finalist in a Sam Adams competition.

“Frame’s professional experience is blended with his quick wit, outgoing personality and well-polished interpersonal skills,” said Forest Society President/Forester Jane Difley, who is also a NESAF member. “This has made him an important part of the land trust community as well as the forestry community.”

James Toumey, after whom the award is named, was one of the founding fathers of the New England chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Founded in 1900, the NESAF is a regional nonprofit association that represents the forestry profession. For more information, visit

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. Supported by 10,000 families and businesses, the Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. For more information, visit