Coleman Forester Awarded 2022 National Tree Farm Inspector of the Year
The Tree Farm Inspector of the Year award is given out every year to one forester among 2,100 volunteer foresters who help 35,000 landowners across the country take care of their woods using Tree Farm’s Standards of Sustainability.
Fodor started his consulting forestry business in 2018 to provide services for family forest owners. He writes forest management plans, administers timber sales, conducts wildlife habitat projects and installs “certified tree farm” or “certified family forest” signs for his clients to show their woods are managed by a professional forester.
Fodor also includes high school students in his projects to develop forest stewardship plans for school forests and Scout camps.
“Hunter is an outstanding inspector and we value his entrepreneurial spirit to leverage the Tree Farm brand to grow his business while helping landowners. We thank and congratulate Hunter for his hard work on behalf of Tree Farmers in Michigan,” said Kayti Wilson of the American Forest Foundation.
“We nominated Hunter because he empowers landowners to be great forest stewards and uses Tree Farm to recognize and promote good work in family forests,” said Winona Grieshop, chair of the Michigan Tree Farm Committee. “Volunteers deliver Tree Farm in Michigan and we want to celebrate Hunter as one of our best.”
The American Tree Farm System is a national network that provides community, recognition and legacy for family forest landowners. They are active in 42 states, and have been active in Michigan since 1949.
Certified family forests are natural or planted forests between ten acres and 20,000 acres in size, but 40 to 160 acres are normal. They’re sustainably managed for recreation, wildlife, water and wood.
To join a tree farm, landowners must develop a forest management plan and invite an inspecting forester to walk their woods with them to confirm eligibility and compliance with the standards of sustainability.
To learn more about the American Tree Farm System in Michigan, or other programs for family forest owners, contact Mike Smalligan by email or call 517-449-5666.