Greg Lessord grew up less than a mile away from the land he and his wife now live on, and spent his early years until age 19 working on beef and dairy farms on either side of his home. The youngest of four siblings, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and bought his parents’ house. After working 11 years as an automotive mechanic and 24 years selling and servicing fire equipment, he is now retired. His wife Kathy grew up in Riga, NY on a small parcel where she had a horse, dogs, chickens and ducks. She has one brother who was Greg’s best friend; “I traded him for the pretty one,” Greg chuckled. She worked for a bank after high school briefly and then moved to a large CPA firm where she works in the finance department. Greg and Kathy both love the outdoors and hunt, fish, and hike the Adirondacks extensively, with some canoeing, kayaking, snow-shoeing, and camping thrown in. Their black lab “Boo” is their constant companion and only child. Their one and only move was to their current land.
NYFOA is a member of
mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote
sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately
owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of
people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the
thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and
Through local chapter and statewide activities such as
woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner
magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar
objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management
objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the
qualities and importance of New York’s forests.
NYFOA 2016 Annual Meeting
State Award Winners
Eric Rasmussen receives the NYFOA 2016 Heiberg Award from Marilyn Wyman at our Annual Membership Meeting.
Rich Taber, on right, receives the NYFOA 2016 Service Award from Mike Seager
Read the full description of these two honoree's contributions to NYFOA and forest stewardship in general and information on the Chapter Service Awards (which can also be found on this site in their respective chapter sections) in the May/June issue of The New York Forest Owner.
NEW BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS!
NYFOA Rewards Program- Members now have the opportunity to get significant discounts on goods and services through participating dealers. See here for a list of participating dealers and associated discounts. Membership application here .
Find out about the SUNY-ESF
Ten Thousand Chestnut Challenge here.
NYFOA is a proud sponsor of the...
The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small private woodlands in the northeastern forest through the engagement of landowners and forestry professionals in a process that includes education, research, technology transfer, and friendly competition.
For more information, click on the logo above or go to www.TimberContest.com and get ready to grow BIG trees!
Click the logo above to find out why New York’s Forests are an “endangered species” and how NYFOA’s “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative is addressing the crisis.
"The Future of New York Forests at Risk-
Working Toward a Comprehensive Solution"
More than 150 forest stakeholders attended a Symposium on April 25, 2015 at SUNY ESF Syracuse, sponsored by NYFOA and several other leading environmental organizations.
Click HERE for links to the Symposium Agenda, PDF files of speakers’ presentations, and relevant references and webinars.
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above and visit the chapter pages to find out what's happening!
Wanted: Landowners for Member Profiles! As many of you know, we include a member landowner profile in each issue of the Forest Owner magazine. The next several issues of the Forest Owner, especially in 2015, will be highlighting various aspects of forest regeneration or restoration. Do you have any experiences related to your efforts, successes, or failures with forest regeneration? If so, we would love to hear from you and any others that would be interested in being interviewed for the profile. If interested, please click on the link below and we will be in touch. The time commitment is only about 30 minutes for the interview. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OwnerProfile
Even if you don’t have any stories to tell about regeneration we are still interested in hearing from you if you would like to be profiled for the Forest Owner. Any questions? Please contact me at the number or e-mail below.
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Willseyville, NY 13864