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2006 National Arbor Day Awards

Good Steward Award

Charles Daugherty, Crossville, TN

Charles visited the home of J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, NE, in 1982, and he has dedicated his life to forestry ever since. Near Crossville, TN, Charles and his wife Linda own 33 acres of farm land on which they have hand planted over 3000 trees. At Charlin Hollow Tree Farm, Charles not only manages, but he also gives tours. The tours have become a regular part of the local high school curriculum and the University of Tennessee Teacher’s Conservation Workshop. Charles has written grants to help the Tree Board of Crossville fund the planting of over $19,000 worth of trees, and he has been the chairman for the both city and state committees organizing Arbor Day celebrations where 4,000 and 14,000 trees, respectively, were given away.

Charles has received several awards for his forestry efforts including Tennessee Tree Farmer of the Year 2002, Tennessee Agriculture/Forestry Stewardship Award in 2003, and Tennessee Forestry Association Award of Merit in 2004. The Charlin Hollow Tree Farm has also received awards including being designated a Stewardship Forest by the Tennessee Division of Forestry, and a Wild Turkey Woodland by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Christoffersen family ranch, Malad, ID

The Christoffersen family ranch sits on 6-7,000 acres of land that consist of alfalfa, grass pastures, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grass, and native pastures. With Wrights Creek, a vital water resource for wildlife, running through the land, the Christoffersen family wanted to be sure the river is well preserved. Also looking to improve the quality of the land and abundance of wildlife, the family began strategically planting trees and shrubs.

After research on the optimal varieties of vegetation for their area, the Christoffersens had their first planting. The first planting day included almost 7,000 trees brought in by 5 semi-trucks. Rocky Mountain Junipers, Green and Blue Spruce, Austrian Pine, Scotch Pine, and other deciduous trees were hand planted. After hand watering all 7,000 trees last summer, the family is in the process of installing an irrigation system, and plans for this season predict a planting of 200-300 more new plants. The Christoffersens may never see the full effects of their hard work, but they can rest assured that future generations will appreciate their efforts. They have helped ensure a long life for Wrights Creek and the wildlife it supports.

Thomas N. Thomson, Orford, NH

Thomas N. Thomson is the son of former New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson, and after spending his whole life with the outdoors, Tom is a tireless advocate for tree farms, not only his own, but also on behalf of all tree farmers. He owns and manages over 2,500 acres of forest in New Hampshire and Vermont. He is a wise steward of his land, and his farm is a showplace of best choice practices. Incorporating his passion for sharing the wonders of the outdoors, Tom has hosted thousands of visitors on his property ranging from elementary students to international guests who want to compare forestry practices, and whether highly educated or still in the education system, he teaches them about stewardship.

But his efforts don’t stop with his own property. Tom has worked hard with the Orford, New Hampshire Tree Board helping them to achieve Tree City status; served on numerous local, state, and national task forces regarding forestry issues; headed the New Hampshire coalition for Sportsmen; and testified on forestry issues before the US Senate and House of Representatives. He is considered on of the most influential forestry advocates in the Northeast.

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