A Stoddard man will be one of 11 foresters from across the country to receive a national award next month.
Geoffrey T. Jones has been named a recipient of a Presidential Field Forester Award, which is given annually to one forester from each of the Society of American Foresters’ 11 districts, according to a news release from the organization. Jones is from District 6, which covers New England, New York and Quebec, Canada.
The award recognizes foresters who are dedicated to the “application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies,” the release says.
Jones has been a longtime forester in the region, and for 30 years was the director of land management for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
He founded his business, Loveland Forestry, a forestry and tree care service, in 2010.
Jones is dedicated to sustainable timber harvesting and is a passionate defender of forestry, wildlife, open space and natural resources in New Hampshire, according to the release.
In addition, he participated in the development of the 1997 and 2010 editions of “Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire,” the release says.
His previous awards include the Northeastern Loggers Association’s Outstanding Contributions to Forest Industry Education in 1993, and the association’s Outstanding Management of Resources Award in 2006, according to the release.
He also received the New England Society of American Foresters’ Austin Cary Practicing Professional Award in 2006, and the New Hampshire Audubon’s Tudor Richard Award in 2011.
Jones will receive his most recent award at the Society of American Foresters’ national convention, which will be held Oct. 3-7 in Portland, Ore.