2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Preston and Susan Floyd were named 2017 N.C. Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year at the N.C. Tree Farm Program’s Annual Meeting on October 14 in Wagram.

The Floyds are partners in the day-to-day management of their Tree Farm properties in Vance County and do most of the work themselves. While they work hard to improve the health of their forests, they also invest a lot of time in educating themselves about all aspects of forest management through research, classes and engagement with resource professionals. They are extremely knowledgeable about tree growth, herbicide use, invasive species, native warm season grasses, wildlife habitat, prescribed burning (which they do themselves), access roads, financial analysis of management practices and many other topics related to forest management. Over the years, they have generously shared their knowledge with other landowners in their community, a number of whom have now become certified Tree Farmers.