Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

The Maine Tree Farm Program recognizes the superior stewardship of its members through the annual Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year recognition program. These landowners are recognized for their remarkable efforts to enhance and sustain their forests and for spreading the practice of sustainable forestry. State winners are eligible to compete for the Regional and National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year awards.

YearTree FarmerTown
2019Don Newell & FamilyThorndike

Don has been a Tree Farmer since 1986, when he bought the first parcel of the now 250
acre forest, adding to it as adjoining parcels became available. He does most of the woods work
himself, along with help from family members. Nearly every morning, before going to his day
job as a realtor specializing in farms and woodlands, he is in the woods improving his road and
trail system or harvesting products for local wood markets. His management practices include
thinning sapling stands and creating small patch clearcuts to promote habitat for birds and other
The Newell Tree Farm is open to the public, for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country
skiing and snowmobiling on designated groomed trails. Hunting is allowed by permission only.
Don has hosted numerous events and tours, including visiting forestry professors from Sweden
and UMO; Unity College students’ forestry projects; SAF and Maine Woodland Owner beech
management workshops; and the annual MOFGA Low Impact Forestry 101 session, now for
several years running. Don is very active and engaged in woodland stewardship and education,
and a strong advocate for sound forest management. He is a member of the Maine Tree Farm
Committee and the Maine Woodland Owners.
2018Russell Black & FamilyWilton
2017Brian & Pam WellsMilford
2016Pine Tree Society Rome
2015Wayne & Peggy ColemanBaileyville
2014Hidden Valley Farm & Hidden Valley Nature CenterJefferson
2013Abbott & Miriam LaddBelgrade
2012Ernest & Alberta AngevineBethel
2011Allen Higgins & Paula HersomBrunswick
2010Andrew Abello &
Amanda Russell
2009John & Marie Dudley Alexander

For the complete list of every Outstanding Tree Farmer click here 

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