On Sept. 17, Mark Doty of Madison, who recently retired from Weyerhaeuser, received the Maine Forest Products Council’s most prestigious award at MFPC’s Annual Meeting in Phippsburg.
The Albert Nutting award was created in 1990 to honor Al Nutting, the former director of the School of Forestry at the University of Maine, Maine Commissioner of Forestry and one of the founders of the Maine Forest Products Council. The plaque is printed on a piece of black locust that grew on the lawn of the Nutting homestead in Otisfield before 1850 by a Nutting ancestor. This award is presented annually to an individual who “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.”
“In recognition of his innovative and effective leadership; his exceptional communication skills; his strong commitment to sustainable forestry and conservation and his unwavering advocacy for the forest products industry not only in Maine, but also in New Hampshire and Vermont.”
Jim Robbins Sr. of Robbins Lumber presented the award, saying, “It is my honor tonight to present this award to one of the finest gentlemen in the industry, Mark Doty. It has been my pleasure to work with Mark on the Executive Committee of the Maine Forest Products Council for many years and view firsthand his leadership abilities. As a leader Mark always keeps his cool, makes sure everyone has their say and is respectful to everyone.
“Mark is a great leader recognized not only in Maine but also in other New England states. Let me read some of his accomplishments to you. I’m sure most of you don’t know that Mark worked draft horses at a horse farm in Morrill during 1977 and 1978 and helped haul shavings for their bedding from the Robbins sawmill in Searsmont.
“He went on to also earn a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering (Summa cum laude) from the University of Maine in Orono in 1986. On the Scott Paper landbase, worked as a summer intern while in college 1985 and 1986, was hired full time in 1987 as a dirt forester (by Doug Denico), joined the manager ranks in 1993 eventually being responsible for management of 500,000 acres. He then moved into Community Affairs, Government Affairs and Communication from 2007 (following Doug Denico’s retirement) until Mark’s retirement in 2018, having worked for five landowners on the same land base (Scott Paper, SD Warren, Sappi, Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser).
- Maine licensed forester #1073 since 1987
- Maine Forest Products Council, board member 2007 to present, and past president
- Vermont Woodlands Association, board member, 2014 to 2018
- Vermont Forest Products Association, board member, 2012 to 2018
- NH Timber Owners Association, board member, 2014 to 2018, resigned as president elect 2017
- Maine SFI Implementation Committee 2007 to 2016, and past chair
- Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, CFRU, board member 2008 to 2014, and past chair
- Sportsmen/Forest Landowner Alliance 2007 to 2017, and past chair
- University of Maine, School of Forest Resources, Robert I. Ashman Scholar 1985-86
- Northeast Logger’s Association, Outstanding Leadership in Industry Award 2017
- Vermont Forest Products Association, Vermont’s Outstanding Leadership in Industry Award 2017
- Purchased and began management of 160 acre woodlot with his family in 2014
- Town of Madison – resident 2008 to present, planning board member 2013 to present, Lake Wesserunsett Association current president
- Town of Cornville – resident 1993 to 2008, member of the volunteer fire department for 10 years, Comprehensive Planning Committee
- Town of Caratunk – resident 1988 to 1993, held positions as selectman, planning board member, code enforcement officer and fire department member
- Appalachian Trail corridor monitor, Maine, 2009 to present
Last, but certainly not least, Mark and his wife Lilly raised two wonderful sons, one settled in England training museums in the use of archiving software and the other is a forester with Two Trees Forestry in Winthrop Maine. Mark is enjoying his retirement and now works only 40 hours a week surveying, running GPS and total station instruments. He’s also active recreationally – mountain climbing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, kayaking and sailing, mountain biking.
“You just have to wonder how he’s found the time to do all that,” Robbins joked.