George Frame Appointed Senior Director of Forestry at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

October 13, 2010


The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests announced the appointment of George Frame of Bristol, NH, as Senior Director of Forestry. This is a new position responsible for the stewardship of the Forest Society’s 167 fee-owned forest reservations. Forest Society lands are managed for multiple uses, including sustainable forest management, public recreation, protection of wildlife habitat and unique natural environments, conservation of water quality and supply, flood storage and other forest-related enterprises.

“Good forest management takes a holistic view, taking into consideration the many uses and benefits of forested landscapes” said Jane Difley, president/forester. “We’re confident that George will successfully guide the stewardship of the lands we own and will help advance the forestry profession and the practice of good forestry in New Hampshire.”

The Forest Society’s portfolio of conserved lands includes working forests, voluntarily designated eco-reserves, a working Christmas tree farm (The Rocks in Bethlehem), and two major tourist destinations at Lost River Gorge in North Woodstock (leased and operated by White Mountain Attractions) and Mount Monadnock (leased to the State of New Hampshire as part of Monadnock State Park). The forest reservations are located in more than 90 communities statewide and range in size from a few acres to 4,000 acres.

“We sought and found in George an experienced forester with proven leadership skills,” said Will Abbott, vice president for policy and land management. “He brings substantial depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to this new position, and he clearly understands the value healthy forests add to a healthy New Hampshire economy.” 

As a forester, Frame has worked for the U.S. Forest Service including postings in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado and Michigan, and spent nearly 12 years as a consulting forester in New Hampshire.  For the past six years Frame has served as an Easement Steward at the Forest Society, helping monitor some of the more than 700 conservation easements the Forest Society holds. He was instrumental in adding the use of leading-edge digital aerial imagery to make on-the-ground monitoring more cost-effective and strategic, and authored “A Forester’s Guide to Conservation Easements.”

Frame has been active professional within the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the New Hampshire Tree Farm Program. He was recognized by the Granite State Division of SAF as Outstanding Forester of the Year in 2007, and by the New England SAF with the James W. Toomey Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service in 2009. In 2006 he was awarded the National Field Leadership Award in recognition for his dedication and instrumental role in the American Tree Farm System, a program of the American Forest Foundation. He was recently named a ‘Fellow” in the Society of American Foresters and now serves on the National Council of SAF representing professional foresters in New England and New York.

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