The North Carolina Tree Farm Program named the 2019 North Carolina Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and Inspector of the Year at its annual meeting on October 17 in Mt. Gilead. Each year, the N.C. Tree Farm Program recognizes an Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year who exemplifies the values of the Tree Farm Program through exceptional forest management, stewardship and outreach. We also recognize one inspector who has made a significant contribution to the N.C. Tree Farm Program through outreach to landowners, leadership and support of the certification system. Click below to read about this year’s award recipients.
Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men.
— Gifford Pinchot —
We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true stewards, that those who follow us and assess our records may see that our mark on the land was one of respect and love, not cruelty and disdain.
— Robert B. Oetting —
It is not what we have as a nation that makes us great; it is how we use it.
— Theodore Roosevelt —
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
— Linda Hogan —
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson —
Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt —
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
— David Attenborough —