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The New Hampshire Tree Farm Program is proud to honor Robert (Bob) French as the 2014 New Hampshire "Outstanding Tree Farmer's of the Year"!

The Greentree Forest-Meadowsend Sawmill property encompasses close to 2,400 acres in the towns of Hopkinton, Henniker, and Weare and spans two counties. Bob acquired the first 40-acre parcel back in the 1970’s and through long term vision and patience, the property has grown over the years as he continued to acquire additional parcels. Today, the property has developed into a large, contiguous forested land base that is being managed sustainably with the multiple-use concept that the Tree Farm program promotes. A conservation easement is also held on the property with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (Forest Society) which ensures the property will continue to be open space for generations to come.

The property is a working forest that is being sustainably managed under the supervision of Meadowsend’s head forester Jeremy Turner. Several timber sales have taken place over the last three decades. Careful attention has been taken to make sure that yearly tree growth exceeds what is being harvested. Wildlife management is also taken into account when planning harvest activity. In addition to well thought-out and careful timber management, the property is also utilized to raise cattle and turkeys. There are 140 acres of fields which produce crops of hay, seven man-made ponds, 120 acres of wetlands, and 30 acres of open water, all of which provide excellent habitat for wildlife. The property has also hosted many workshops over the years in conjunction with the Forest Society, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association.

Bob’s philosophy has been, “If you can look back and know that you have made some sort of difference, then that is a good thing.” The Greentree Forest - Meadowsend Sawmill is a testament to Bob’s vision, forward thinking and patience. It will be a legacy to his family’s conservation heritage for many years to come. Bob has truly made a difference in the New Hampshire forestry conservation community and it is an honor to select him as this year’s Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.

As New Hampshire's Tree Farmer of the Year, Bob French and family hosted over 150 attendees at the annual NH Tree Farm Field Day at their Tree Farm on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Events for the day included tours of the Tree Farm, educational programs, a pig roast/chicken barbecue, and many other activities that educated and entertained children and adults alike.

Caption: The French Family accepts the New Hampshire Tree Farm of the Year plaque at the annual Farm and Forest Exposition in Manchester, NH.

Photo left to right: Brad Simpkins (NH Interim Director/State Forester), George French, Will French, Robert French, Jeremy Turner (Meadowsend Timber\'s Forester), Steve French, and Mike Powers (Chair of the NH Tree Farm Executive Committee).




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