2013 Albert D. Nutting Award: Clifton Foster
By Terry Walters, Pleasant River Lumber
The recipient of the 2013 Albert D. Nuttting Award is Clifton Foster. Clif graduated from University of Maine in Orono in 1959 with a degree in forestry. He then started his career with the Maine Forest service as a Service Forester. Clif specialized in white pine management and supervised the planting of over 3 million seedlings in the Soil Bank Program. Clif advanced through the ranks and became Regional Director for southern Maine. In this capacity he was responsible for the State’s insect and disease programs, fire control and service forestry programs.
After retiring in 1985 Clif established Timber State G forestry consulting service, which he now operates with his son Greg. He also served two terms in the Maine Legislature, where he was an advocate for landowner and forestry issues. He was recognized by the Maine Forest Products Council as a recipient of the Abby Holman Award for his public service achievements.
Clif is a Tree Farmer with 300 acres under management and an active participant in the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. He is a former director in the Maine Forest Products Council. Clif is a 50-year member of the Society of American Foresters and was elected as a fellow to that organization.
The Maine Forest Products Council established the Albert D. Nutting Award in 1990, to commemorate the many contributions to Maine Forestry that Al Nutting was instrumental in creating. Nutting was the director of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, Maine commissioner of forestry, and one of the founders of the Maine Forest Products Council. This award has been presented annually since 1990, to a remarkable group of individuals, each one of them truly unique, but with a common commitment to Maine and its forest industry.
The recipient will have demonstrated recognized qualities of leadership and integrity, as well as a commitment to the values both public and private, generated from the working forest. His or her experience will reflect concern for the sound environmental use as well as the economic value of the forest to industry and the community at large. This year’s recipient is certainly worthy of joining this impressive list of predecessors. His contributions to our industry here in Maine, go well beyond the fine work he did for his company over several decades.