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Wednesday, May 21 2014

Two Trees clients take bows May 2014

Maine Tree Farmers of the Year David Moskovitz and Bambi Jones are in the running for national recognition. (Left to right in this courtesy photo are consulting forester Harold Burnett, Bambi Jones, David Moskovitz and consulting forester Barry Brusila.)

Breaking news: As of late May, Moskovitz and Jones had been named Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer, one of four such awards in the nation.

Two Trees Forestry clients David Moskovitz and Bambi Jones are getting well-deserved accolades for their stewardship of their 2,000 acres of woodlands in Whitefield, Alna and Jefferson.

In February, the couple was named Maine Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for their ongoing efforts to develop Hidden Valley Nature Center, an outstanding example of forestry diversification. Not only do the couple sustainably manage timber, but they've also developed an outdoor recreation and educational center. Hidden Valley was also named a northeast finalist and one of four national finalists that could be named American Tree Farm System’s top tree farm.

Some nice media attention followed the award. The Portland Press Herald featured Hidden Valley in a March 30 article written by Deidre Flemming. In it, Maine Forest Service landowner outreach forester Andy Shultz was quoted on the significance of the award. “To be a regional finalist is a fairly big deal,” Shultz said. “We have a lot of trees, and a lot of tree farmers in Maine. Timber management and logging in the woods is competitive here.”

And May 5, MaineBiz ran a lengthy article by Douglas Rooks that delved a bit more into the business model of Hidden Valley, which has an annual budget of $100,000 and employs a full-time manager.

"I think we've shown that this can work,"Moskovitz was quoted. "We attract visitors from up to an hour away, but most come from about half that distance. I can see one of these centers being located an hour or so apart all the way up the interstate."

Rooks notes the returns from owning timberland “aren't spectacular, but they are steady,” and the value of woodland climbed even after the worst of the financial meltdown of 2008.