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2017 OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

This year, the New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee was pleased to recognize Bruce Townsend and his daughter Heidi Bundy as "New Hampshire's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year" for their Tomapo Farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Encompassing nearly 400 acres, the Tomapo Tree Farm exemplifies sound forest management and long-term forest stewardship. And, when we talk about long-term stewardship – we really mean it! This property has been owned and cared for by this family for over 200 years - since 1769. We have three generations of family members here today to receive this award. Bruce is the 7th generation that has been caring for this land, Heidi is the 8th generation, and her children are the 9th generation.

Land stewardship runs in this family. After attending the Thompson School to study Dairy Farming, Bruce took over the management of the farm and forest land when his father took on the job of Commissioner of Agriculture in New Hampshire.

Throughout the years, like his forefathers, Bruce’s focus has been to create a sustainable farm that can be passed on to future generations. To that end, he has done his best to make improvements, keeping best management practices at the forefront and keeping in mind the abilities of the coming generations.

Bruce and Heidi have been committed to Tree Farming their entire lives and they have passed that commitment on to their children and grandchildren. They have kept this property as a working forest, and ensured that it will continue to be productive land into the future by placing a conservation easement on most of the land.

The family has made a good living from the land, through exceptional forest management: harvesting and selling firewood, sawlogs, custom sawn lumber and maple products. Until recently, Bruce and his family completed all of the harvesting using their farm tractor.

Nowadays, Bruce and Heidi work with their licensed forester Rick Evans and Professional Loggers to implement commercial timber sales on the property. They have a forest management plan for the property which they say has, “ provided us with a map for the future, making business decisions much easier and allowing our forest to be managed for better health.”

In addition to managing their 1,500 tap sugar bush, producing a variety of maple products, tending to the nut orchard that was planted by Bruce’s great grandfather Amasa over 100 years ago, processing and delivering firewood, turning wood bowls, and raising bees, the family continues to embody traditions that many of us hold dear, and they continue to thrive.

They also feel very strongly about welcoming the community onto their property. Heidi writes, “We are stewards of this land, and as such we wish to share the blessings of this property with our community.” They encourage hunting, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and collaborate with the Lebanon Recreation Department to host an annual March Moon Madness Progressive Dinner on their very windy, very cold North Field. They also lease a portion of their property to the City of Lebanon for use as a ski area. And they welcome youth groups and maple tours on a regular basis.

The family continues to evolve and adapt their management, striving to make their living from the land while leaving it better than they received it.

Heidi wrote about her father, “ … he has worked at training the next generation, seeking diversities that will complement the established workings of the farm as well as activities that are more suited to the coming generation, keeping the needs of the community in view.”

The New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee is pleased to recognize Bruce Townsend, Heidi Bundy and their Tomapo Farm as this year’s Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

As New Hampshire's Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, the Townsend and Bundy Family hosted the annual New Hampshire Tree Farm Field Day at their Tomapo Farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire on September 30, 2017. Over 100 people attended to enjoy tours of the Tree Farm, educational programs, a pig roast/chicken barbecue, and many other activities and demonstrations.

Field Day itinerary 2017 NH Tree Farm Field Day Brochure.

Caption: The Townsend and Bundy Family accept the New Hampshire 2017 Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year plaque at the annual Farm and Forest Exposition in Manchester, NH.


Photo left to right: Merinda Esther Bundy, Brad Simpkins- Director of NH Forests and Lands, Dennis Bundy, Heidi Bundy, Deborah Bundy, Bruce Townsend, Rick Evans, Merinda Townsend, Sarah Bundy, Paul Bundy, Karla Allen-Garland- NH Tree Farm Chair.


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