October 16, 2012
After nearly seven years of dedicated service to the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), Operations Manager Amy Yambor has made the decision to begin working for a New York City-based conservation organization.
"During her seven years with the organization, Amy worked closely with hundreds of Tree Farmers, the ATFS volunteer network, and state partners to reach more woodland owners and achieve more forest stewardship on more acres of land. The American Tree Farm System is deeply grateful to Amy for her service, talent, and passion for all things Tree Farm," said Bettina Ring, Senior Vice President for Family Forests.
This is a bittersweet moment for ATFS, which is a program of the American Forest Foundation (AFF). As it prepares to say "so long" to Amy, the organization is excited to announce that current Program Coordinator Sara Anrrich will fill Amy's role as Operations Manager.
A native South Carolinian, Anrrich moved from Pittsburgh in 2011 to begin her work with Amy and the ATFS team. Anrrich is an organized and methodical leader with a passion for working in partnership with others to sustain America's forests through outreach and education.
"It is with mixed emotions that this month we see Amy Yambor move onto a new role as the the volunteer docent program manager at New York's Central Park Zoo. We know that Amy leaves the American Tree Farm System in good hands as she passes the torch to current teammate and Program Coordinator Sara Anrrich. Sara will continue her work to help provide the resources family forest owners need to ensure we have healthy and sustainable working forests now, and for generations to come," said Tom Martin, President and CEO of AFF.
“Both Amy and Sara are marked by their keen appreciation for all that Tree Farmers, our volunteers and our partners do every day for America’s woodlands.”
In a letter sent to the network, Yambor said:
"This was not an easy decision for me to make, as I value so much the relationships I have formed with many of you over the years. I’ve never had a job as unique as this one, one where I find myself so personally and emotionally invested. This is a gift that you all have given me, and I’ll appreciate it always.
"Sara is an asset to this program and I have no doubt she will do a great job in this role. Please join me in congratulating her on this promotion."
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The American Tree Farm System® is a network of 89,000 family forest owners sustainably managing 27 million acres of forest land. It is the largest and oldest sustainable woodland system in America, internationally recognized, meeting strict third-party certification standards.