2007 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

~ Josiah and Kathleen Pierce~

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Josiah and Kathleen Pierce of Baldwin received the 2007 Outstanding Tree Farmer award from Governor John Baldacci at the Augusta Civic Center on January 10.

The Pierces’ Tree Farm is located in Baldwin and covers 1960 acres. It has been in the family since 1785. First certified as a Tree Farm in 1960, the land is managed for commercial timber harvesting, farming, recreation and wildlife habitat. Rene Noel, Jr. of Windham is the consulting forester for the Tree Farm, which also won the award for Cumberland County Outstanding Tree Farm.

The land is open to the public and hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ATV use are permitted by the Pierces. The Tree Farm Committee stated that, “It shows a continuing family land ethic. Woodlands are well managed with many excellent examples of long term silvicultural treatments. Relationships with neighbors and community are excellent and the owner has expanded tree farm acreage to protect existing holdings.”

Josiah Pierce is a member and past president of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM) and has served on Task Forces on Woodland Certification and Public Use of Private Land. He is a member of the planning and school boards and the local Grange.