MFPC announced its annual awards for the best of 2017 at its 57th annual meeting Sept. 18, including:
- Steve Schley, president of Pingree Associates in Bangor, received the Albert D. Nutting Award “in recognition of his leadership and innovation in the forest industry, his passion for strategic planning, and his accomplishments as a forest landowner, business leader and conservationist.” The award has been presented annually since 1990 to a remarkable group of individuals, each of them truly unique, but with a common commitment to Maine and its forest industry.
- Barry Burgason, retired wildlife biologist from Huber Resources, received the Abby Holman Public Service Award “in recognition of his leadership and dedication to wildlife habitat management and his strong support for public education, as well as cooperation between sportsmen and landowners.” The Holman award recognizes outstanding service on behalf of Maine’s forest products industry.
- Win Smith, owner of Limington Lumber in East Baldwin, was named Maine’s Outstanding Manufacturer, “in recognition of outstanding quality control, safety performance, progressive management and sustained business growth since 1961.”
- Dan Qualey of Qualey Logging in Benedicta was chosen as Maine’s Outstanding Logger “in recognition of exemplary on the ground performance and an unwavering commitment to meeting the management objectives of the landowner.”
- Eric Dumond received the President’s Award from MFPC President Jim Contino, Dumond of Waterville, formerly of ReEnergy and now vice president of procurement at Maine Biomass Exports, with a special award “in recognition of supply chain excellence for woody biomass through a unique field chipper lease-to-own program that expanded production capacity to meet growing demand from 2001 through 2016.”