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John Stambaugh Honored as 2012 Outstanding Inspector of the Year

John Stambaugh Honored as 2012 Outstanding Inspector of the Year

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) has named John Stambaugh of Springville, IN, the 2012 Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.

STIHL is the presenting sponsor of the Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year award, which annually recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management and exemplary work for ATFS.

In addition to this recognition, Stambaugh received a $400 productcertificate from STIHL which was presented at the 19th annual ATFS Convention in Jacksonville, Florida in June.

Stambaugh was selected from among four regional winners as the outstanding and dedicated volunteer inspector who best exemplifies the forest stewardship practices of ATFS.  ATFS relies on the volunteer inspector corps of more than 4,000 to provide on the ground services to family forest owners across the country.

“Inspecting foresters are the eyes, the ears, and the hands of the American Tree Farm System.  Congratulations to John Stambaugh and all his fellow Tree Farm inspectors, who volunteer their time to educate private landowners on the benefits of sustainable forestry,” said Bettina Ring, Senior Vice President for Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation.  

When accepting the award, Stambaugh told the audience of more than 400 family forest owners and inspectors, “We are Tree Farmers. We are about hard work, dedication and passion. We know the work is not just about us.  It’s about generations to come. There are few things we can do in life that are more noble than planting trees.”

As chair of the District 5 Indiana Tree Farm Committee for more than 10 years, Stambaugh has overseen one of the most active districts in the state of Indiana. And that spirit is credited much to John’s commitment to, enthusiasm for, and engagement in ‘all things trees’.  Stambaugh has written articles about the American Tree Farm System for news releases, television, radio programs, and for civic speeches.

John is also chair of the Indiana Society of American Foresters.  He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters and represents Indiana on the Board of the Indiana Woodland Steward—an organization that provides a newsletter to 35,000 Indiana forest landowners.


The Wesley R. Meier Award was established in 1998 to honor the work, life, and passion for forestry of Wesley Roger Meier, a once outstanding and dedicated volunteer inspector for ATFS in Wisconsin.  Though he lost his life to cancer in 1994, the award shines as a living memory of his exemplary work for the American Tree Farm System, for which he volunteered for 14 years.  Mr. Meier has been honored by the Tree Farm inspectors of his day and by those who come after him, by having this award bestowed in his name. 

The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation, is a network of private woodland owners sustainably managing 26 million acres of forestland. It is the largest and oldest sustainable family woodland system in America, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards. For more than 70 years, ATFS has enhanced the quality of America’s woodlands by giving forest owners the tools they need to keep their forests healthy and productive.

STIHL Inc. is the exclusive presenting sponsor of the ATFS Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Regional and National Awards, and the Regional and National Inspector of the Year Awards. STIHL, Inc, is also the sole, handheld outdoor power equipment provider for the ATFS. STIHL Inc. manufactures the world’s largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast— not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the STIHL Web site at