“It’s my great pleasure and honor to present the Albert D. Nutting award for 2017 tonight to Steve Schley, president of Pingree Associates,” said Mark Doty of Weyerhaeuser.
“The award was established by the Council in 1990 to honor the many contributions to Maine Forestry that Al Nutting was instrumental in creating. He was, of course, 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.
“It’s been presented annually 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.’”
“Steve really epitomizes that and it’s one of the reasons I’m so pleased to present this award to him I’ve got three things to recognize Steve for. One is his leadership and innovation, most recently his work on the road map project. I’ve had the pleasure of serving with Steve over the last 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Council and the Executive Committee and he’s shown us many, many contributions through that time and not the least of which is his love of strategic planning. And also for his accomplishments as a forest landowner, business leader and conservationist.
“So please join me in recognizing Steve Schley for his impressive achievements.”
“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.”
Steve Schley replied: “I want to thank you very, very much. This really means an incredible amount to me, particularly coming from a group that I respect so much.
“The colleagues that we have in this organization are truly outstanding. It’s been a pleasure of mine to have worked through the Maine Forest Products Council and the Executive Committee during the tenures of Ted Johnston, Bill Vail, Abby Holman, and Patrick Strauch.
“It’s been somewhat of an easy ride. I’ve ridden on such incredible tall, strong shoulders. You could take that literally, those of you who remember Ted Johnston, they called him the Big Swede for a reason.
“One of the first people I met when I came to Maine as a kid and spent some time I the woods, was Don Tardie, up north, working in the woods at that time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Don for all the years since.
“One of the first people who gave me a ride when I needed it and has coached me for 30-plus years since then is Sarah Medina. Sarah thank you for all you have done with and for me.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with the Pingree ownership, Seven Islands Land Company. All the employees there are just spectacular people. Logging contractors – Jimmy Nichols, Paul Nadeau – like I said I’ve ridden on the backs of giants and I really appreciate that. I appreciate the Council.
“I want to thank my family, my wife, my daughter is here tonight as well. They allow me to come to Augusta and try to fight the good policy fight. Every once in a while I carry that to Washington D.C. as well.
“It was a lot of fun when John Baldacci invited me to come down and present the Maine perspective – not the Pingree, but the Maine perspective – on how you can do truly sustainable management while incorporating wildlife management, public recreation and all those kinds of things and juxtaposing that against the U.S. Forest Service. That was a lot of fun.
“So I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent. I’ve gotten to work with all these great people. I really appreciate this award. As I understand it this wood comes from a Nutting tree, a black locust. It means a great deal to me to receive this from all of you. Thank you very much.”