Tim Fleury Awarded the James W. Toumey Outstanding Service Award

Tim Fleury, Merrimack County Extension Forester

Tim began working for UNH Cooperative Extension as the Merrimack County Forester in 1996. He advises landowners on proper woodlot management and promotes forest conservation and management through public education. Sharing his woodlot wisdom he says, "When we look at a forest, we are looking 60 to 100 years into the future."

He has many talents—probably one of the best there is at spotting emerald ash borer damage—and is dedicated to the forestry profession. Recently, Tim was honored for his dedication by the New England Society of American Foresters (NESAF).

Tim serves on the executive committee of the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters (GSD/SAF), acting as its education coordinator. He is responsible for preparing and delivering agendas, speakers, and visual aids for the division's annual meetings and many other statewide educational programs—most recently workshops on LiDar and managing red oak. The award nomination letter says, "If you have been a presenter at a NESAF Annual Meeting hosted by New Hampshire in the past 20 years, you have met Tim. If you have been a part of the GSD/SAF Winter Meeting, you have met Tim. If you own land in Merrimack County, you know Tim."

Another endorsement states, "His attention to detail helps ensure a positive experience for speakers and meeting attendees. It is always a pleasure to work with Tim and to experience his commitment and professionalism. The New Hampshire forestry profession and NESAF are richer for having Tim as part of our community."

Tim received his B.S. in forestry from the University of Massachusetts in 1983 and M.S. in forestry from the University of Minnesota in 1995. He served for 3 years in the Peace Corps doing forestry and conservation extension in the Dominican Republic. He also worked in Southeast Alaska as a forest technician for the U.S. Forest Service, and for several years worked as a forestry consultant.

The James W. Toumey Award is given for outstanding achievement in service to the New England Society of American Foresters. Toumey was one of the founding fathers of the New England Section in 1920, author of "Seeding and Planting and Foundations of Silviculture," and one of the first two regular staff members at the Yale School of Forestry. Henry S. Graves noted in a memoriam "Almost at once he took a prominent place in the forestry movement and throughout his career was in the foremost ranks of the leaders of the profession."