NEFCo Opens 2nd Maine Center
NEFCo is happy to announce the opening of the Oxford Hills Center located in Bethel, Maine. Donald Feeney has joined NEFCo as the center manager and will be covering the western and central Maine area.
Don brings to the company extensive forestry knowledge and experience. He was a forester with P.H. Chadbourne & Company and Chadbourne Tree Farms for 13 years. He also worked as a forestry technician with the U.S. Forest Service over a span of 17 years. Don is also a member of a number of professional forestry societies and a registered Master Maine Guide.
Not only does Don bring extensive field forestry experience, but he has also been an instructor for the University of New Hampshire College of Lifelong Learning (UNH-CLL) and the New Hampshire Community Technical College. Don also taught college preparatory courses at Gould Academy and was chair of the Science Department. He is an alumni of UNH and will continue his role as an instructor at UNH-CLL.
Don, a Vietnam veteran (25th Infantry Division), is a lifelong resident of Maine. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoy their four children and five grandchildren. Also, both Don and Ruth are Maine Hunter Safety instructors and have taught in the Bethel area since 1994.
NEFCo believes that the addition of Don and the Oxford Hills Center will make the company stronger and better able to serve our clients. We have full confidence that Don will provide the high quality service that NEFCo clients have come to expect.
NEFCo Begins "Green Certification" Process
GROTON, MA - New England Forestry Consultants, Inc. (NEFCo) announced in October that it has contracted with the National Wildlife Federation to begin the evaluation process to become a certified Resource Manager in the NWF/SmartWood forest certification program.
The purpose of the SmartWood program is to recognize good forest management through credible independent verification of forestry practices and offers an opportunity for product labeling to reward certified landowners in the marketplace.
"This program allows NEFCo to make available to our clients another management opportunity. By grouping the lands of interested owners, we can significantly reduce the initial costs of green certification. This program will also eventually allow our certified clients access to a potential market that is not available to them at this time," said Tony Lamberton, Manchester Center Manager of NEFCo. "Because NEFCo is unique in that it has branch offices which cover New England and eastern New York, we will be able to assist just about any landowner who desires to be green certified. We will not be limited by distance or location," states Lamberton.
Through "green certification" of a Resource Manager and a chain of custody from the stump to the store, the SmartWood program can also insure that consumers have the option to buy wood products from forests managed in a responsible and sustainable manner.
The SmartWood Resource Manager assessments began in early October 2000. The field assessment is a formal evaluation of NEFCo and will consist of a two or three member multi-disciplinary team visiting and reviewing the management practices of the NEFCo foresters.
"NEFCo has provided sustainable, long-term forest management services throughout New England and eastern New York for over fifty years. We welcome the opportunity to show off our forest management and receive input from the experts on the certification team," said Brooks McCandlish, Vice President of NEFCo.
NEFCo clients interested in "green certification" should contact their local NEFCo forester for more information.