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In 2009, The New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee selected Igor Blake, of Newport, as the state's "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year". Chuck Hersey, Sullivan Country Forester, who nominated Blake for the award, notes that the award recognizes Tree Farmers who have proven to be good stewards of their land.

In Igor Blake's case this means that he has worked with licensed Foresters to responsibly harvest timber and has maintained open fields and apple trees which make good habitat for deer and turkeys. He also undertook a project to control invasive species on the property: Glossy Buckthorn and Japanese Barberry.

Hersey called special attention to Blake’s “biggest act of stewardship:” the donation of the conservation easement on his property to the Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT). The gift will permanently contribute to Newport’s rural landscape and to that of the region as a whole.

After conserving his 300-acre property last winter, Igor Blake invited friends, neighbors and UVLT supporters to an open house and hike. On a crisp October day, he explained his conservation and stewardship goals to approximately 40 guests during a walk led by Chuck Hersey and Shaun Lagueux of New England Forestry Consultants. Blake’s family has owned the property since 1930. His mother enrolled in the Tree Farm Program in 1970.

Hersey noted that Blake’s stewardship is a long-term commitment and pointed out woods roads built for future responsible timber harvesting. He showed how timber stand improvement activities have resulted in the growth of the forest resource so that there is as much timber left to harvest as had previously been removed. With 80% of New Hampshire’s land forested 70% of that forested land privately owned, the choices of landowners like Igor Blake can have large implications for future generations.

As the 2009 New Hampshire Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, Igor Blake hosted a Field Day at his Tree Farm in Newport on a gorgeous fall day in September with over 180 attendees who wanted to celebrate Igor\'s forest stewardship accomplishments.

Caption: Igor Blake accepts the Tree Farm of the Year plaque at the NH Farm & Forest Exposition in Manchester in February. Wendy Scribner, Chair of the New Hampshire Tree Farm Committee (left), Brad Simpkins, interim State Forester and Director of the Division of Forests and Lands, Lorraine Stuart Merrill, Commissioner of the NH Department of Agriculture, Forester Shaun Lagueux, and Governor John Lynch present Igor with his award.

Below are some of the items that were auctioned at the NH Tree Farm Field Day:

Caption: Dump Type Hay Rake circa 1940's.

Caption: Sickle Bar Mower Blade Sharpener circa 1940's.

Caption: Leaf Mulcher circa 1950-1960's.

Caption: Lined Grain Box.

Caption: Wooden Truck.




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