August 7, 2013
The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) has named Jamie Knight of LeGrande, Oregon the 2013 National Outstanding Inspector of the Year. Knight was selected from among four regional winners for her exceptional on-the-ground work and continued commitment to family forest owners across the United States.
STIHL is the presenting sponsor of the Outstanding Inspector of the Year award, which annually recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management and exemplary work for ATFS. In addition to this recognition, Knight received a $1,000 product certificate from STIHL. The award was presented at the 20th annual National Tree Farmer Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July. More than 300 family Tree Farm owners from across the United States attended the event.
“Jamie Knight exemplifies the very best of the volunteer corps of more than 4,000 Tree Farm inspectors who provide on-the-ground services to family forest owners across the country,” said Bettina Ring, Senior Vice President for Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation.
With degrees in both forestry and wildfire management, Knight combines her Tree Farm activities with her job for the Oregon Department of Forestry. “I just love being a forester,” she said.
“I enjoy working with Tree Farmers, learning what they’d like to accomplish, and making the recommendations to help them make it happen. I get to share their dreams,” Knight added.
Knight goes out of her way to support her Tree Farmers’ stewardship goals. In 2010, she nominated Harry Merlo as Oregon’s Tree Farmer of the Year. Merlo was named the state’s winner that year, and was a finalist for the 2011 Western Region Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Knight organized and promoted a field day on Merlo’s farm in 2011, which brought in more than 200 attendees from all over the state.
“[Knight] is really dedicated to her work, not just for the Oregon Tree Farm System, but in every aspect of forestry leadership,” says Michael Atkinson, certification coordinator for the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS), who nominated Knight for the award.
The 2013 Regional Outstanding Inspectors of the Year are Matt Jones of Missouri; Greg Marshall of Florida; and Brian Stupak of Maryland.
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The American Tree Farm System® is a network of 82,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 24 million acres of forestland. It is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in the United States, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards. The American Tree Farm System® is a program of the American Forest Foundation. Learn more at www.treefarmsystem.org/awards-recognition.
Photos by Scott Morgan