FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amanda Nickerson, Communications Specialist
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
(603) 224-9945, ext. 301
FOREST SOCIETY’S GEORGE FRAME HONORED AS OUTSTANDING FORESTER OF THE YEAR
Concord, N.H., February 16, 2007—In recognition of more than two decades of service and achievement, George Frame of Bristol, N.H. was named Outstanding Forester of the Year by his colleagues in the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters (GSD-SAF). Currently a conservation easement steward at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Frame has served the Granite State Division of the SAF in a variety of ways, including chair of the New England Society of American Foresters (NESAF) Executive Committee, the Finance Committee for the NESAF winter meeting, and as the Granite State Division representative to the Tree Farm Program.
“We’re extremely pleased to have George on staff at the Forest Society,” said Jane Difley, President/Forester of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, who presented the award. “His broad knowledge of conservation easements and forestry is a real asset, and he’s a deserving recipient of the Outstanding Forester of the Year Award.”
The Granite State Division of the SAF represents the forestry profession throughout the state, sponsors professional workshops that allow consulting foresters to take advantage of the latest research in forest management, and is involved in policy initiatives related to the forest products industry.
“Foresters are always looking to improve their knowledge and techniques,” Frame said. “The Granite State Division of the SAF serves an important role in helping its members stay on top of mill opportunities, the impacts of changes in the paper industry, and the advantages of the latest equipment that can reduce impact on the woods.”
Frame was presented the Outstanding Forester award by the GSD-SAF at their annual meeting held in Waterville Valley on February 9, 2007. The award was first presented starting in 1971 making George the 37th recipient. The list of past recipients has been called a ‘pantheon of notables’ in New Hampshire forestry.
“This award represents the highest esteem and recognition by my fellow forestry colleagues,” Frame said. “It is much more meaningful that I was given this award by folks that I know, that I have worked with, and shared so much with.”
Frame grew up in New Hampton and attended the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a degree in Forest Management. After graduating he worked for USDA Forest Service for nine years on National Forests in New Hampshire, Colorado, Michigan, and Minnesota. As an assistant district ranger, Frame managed land for multiple uses such as wildlife, recreation, and timber management. Following his work for the Forest Service, Frame returned to New Hampshire and set up shop as a consulting forester, working with landowners throughout central New Hampshire. He also has been chairman of the Tree Farm Program in the state starting in 2000. He joined the staff of the Forest Society in spring 2005.
The Society of American Foresters is an educational and scientific non-profit organization that was founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and is the largest organization of professional foresters in the world. Part of SAF’s mission is to advance the technology, science, education and the practice of forestry, and to ensure the continued use and health of forest resources to benefit society.
The Granite State Division is one of four divisions that comprise the New England SAF (NESAF) which represents foresters throughout the six New England states. To learn more about the SAF or NESAF please visit www.safnet.org, or www.nesaf.org.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. In order to preserve the quality of life New Hampshire residents know today, the goal of the Forest Society, in partnership with other conservation organizations, private landowners, and government, is to conserve an additional one million acres of the state’s most significant natural lands for trails, parks, farms and forests by 2026.