Mission Statement

The Maine Tree Farm Committee’s Mission is to help Maine’s family woodland owners realize the full potential of their woods while providing forest products and other woodland benefits in a recognizably sustainable manner. Maine Tree Farm will accomplish this by partnering with organizations with similar goals to provide educational materials, site visits with resource professionals (aka “walk-and-talks,” or “inspections”), field days and workshops, and by providing family woodland owners with recognition and certification services of value to communities, markets, and society at large.

History

Tree Farming, A Maine Tradition Since 1952

…And Into the Future

The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) was founded in 1941 and is now the oldest and largest forest conservation, certification, and advocacy program in the United States. The first two Tree Farms in Maine were dedicated in 1952.

The American Tree Farm System is a program for woodland owners who are committed to sustainably managing their woods for wood, water, wildlife, and recreation.  The Maine Tree Farm Program is administered by a volunteer Committee with County Chairs of dedicated Forestry Professionals and Tree Farmers.

On October 20, 1952, Maine became the 35th state to adopt the Tree Farm program. The state’s first two certificates were awarded to Samuel B. Condon and Professor R.I. Ashman in ceremonies held in South Penobscot.

Click the button to see a digitally scanned copy of “A History of the Maine Tree Farm Program: 1952-2002

Today there are over 1,000 Tree Farms in the state encompassing over 300,000 acres of sustainably managed forest.

Our Committee

Executive Committee

Chair (Interim)Logan Johnsonlogan.redbeach[at]gmail.com
Vice ChairRandy Lagasserandy.Lagasse[at]maine.gov
SecretaryLarry Beauregardljbeauregard[at]myfairpoint.net
TreasurerDan Mahnsdan.mahns[at]afmforest.com
Immediate Past ChairAndy Shultzandrew.h.shultz[at]maine.gov

County Chairs

CountyChairPhoneEmail
AroostookRandy Lagasse(207) 557-1086randy.Lagasse[at]maine.gov
AndroscogginJohn Starrett(207) 242-2942john.w.starrett[at]gmail.com
CumberlandPaul Larrivee(207) 431-6153paul.larrivee[at]gmail.com
FranklinRobert Leso(207) 778-2000bobmimi[at]midmaine.com
HancockKevin Allcroft(207) 299-8012allcroftkk[at]roadrunner.com
KennebecVite Vitale(207) 437-9260vitale[at]uninets.net
KnoxMorten Moesswilde(207) 441-2895morten.moesswilde[at]maine.gov
LincolnMallory Bussell(207) 659-4224mallory.bussell[at]gmail.com
OxfordJesse Duplin(207) 776-9006jduplin[at]nwforestmanagement.com
PenobscotBrett Gerrish(207) 949-0281bhgerrish[at]prentissandcarlisle.com
Piscataquis Gordon Moore(207) 997-3297gmmapleview[at]gmail.com
SagadahocJohn Starrett(207) 242-2942john.w.starrett[at]gmail.com
SomersetRobert Nelson(207) 278-2361robertreidnelson[at]gmail.com
WaldoMorten Moesswilde(207) 441-2895morten.moesswilde[at]maine.gov
WashingtonBrittany Mauricette(207) 214-2875downeastforestryllc[at]gmail.com
YorkKarl Buckley (207) 632-0332kbuckley[at]wadsworthwoodlands.com

At-Large Members

Gregory Barrows
Penobscot County
Kyle Burdick
Washington County
Mike Dann
Penobscot County
Julie Davenport
Androscoggin County
Kirby Ellis
Penobscot County
Dave Griswold
Androscoggin County
Katie Manende
York County
Richard Morse
Kennebec County
Don Newell
Waldo County
Jim Norris
Kennebec County
Pat Sirois
Kennebec County
Pam Wells
Penobscot County