2014 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

~ Hidden Valley Farm and Hidden Valley Nature Center ~


Tracy Moscovitz and Bambi Jones were recognized as 2014 Maine Outstanding Tree Farmers by State Forester Patty Cormier, representing the Maine Tree Farm Committee, at the Maine Agricultural Trade Show on January 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. The OTF’s 2,000 acre Tree Farm consists of land they have been acquiring since 1978 (200 acres in Alna, 800 in Whitefield and 1,000 in Jefferson). Their management activities have included multiple harvests, trail construction, erosion control, pruning and wildlife enhancement.

The 1,000 acres of Tracy and Bambi’s Tree Farm in Jefferson is home to Hidden Valley Nature Center for education, recreation and low impact forestry. Here they host workshops and events throughout the year on subjects as varied as timber framing, trail building, chainsaw safety, vernal pools, forest management (including a course just for women), plant and animal ID, outdoor recreation skills and ecology activities for kids. Their foresters are Barrie Brusila and Harold Burnett.

Outstanding County Tree Farm awards were also presented to the following:

Mike and Kelley Carroll own 117 acres in Williamsburg (Piscataquis County), where they stress low impact logging, recreation and developing a sugarbush. Kirby Ellis is their forester.

Wayne and Peggy Coleman have a 98 acre woodlot in Baileyville (Washington County), where their objectives are general promotion of good forestry, forest products including firewood, recreation and boundary line maintenance. Kyle Burdick is the Coleman’s forester.

Dave Fuller and Shirley Hager are Franklin County 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmers. They own 25 acres in Chesterville, where they hold workshops and manage timber and firewood production, recreation and non-timber products. Their forester is Peter Tracy.