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Tracy Lamanec Awarded CDC's Service Award at Statewide Annual Meeting

Chapter Service Award Nominee, Tracy Lamanec, has been a chapter member for over twenty years. He is a lifelong advocate dedicated to forest sustainability. His support and volunteer time dedicated to NYFOA is appreciated and commendable.

Tracy was born with a love for the outdoors. His family inheritance included the beautiful Shinglekill Falls in Purling NY, where he has so graciously hosted one of our Steering Committee meetings. As a child he was fishing, trapping, and hunting whenever possible. At the age of 16 he was chosen by the Department of Environmental Conservation to be in a short film that demonstrated how to irrigate woodlands and stock streams.


As a young man he worked for the Forest Service, but opted for a career in the sciences, spending the bulk of his professional career working at GE in Schenectady. Throughout his professional career he stayed involved with his interests in the outdoors. For thirteen years he wrote the Outdoor Column for the Schenectady Gazette. He has maintained and tended to his own forest property in Rotterdam NY, where he has held woodswalks for NYFOA.

Tracy has stayed active in environmental groups and organizations and has always been happy to share his extensive knowledge with others. He excels at foraging for edible plants and other flora. If you ask him a question about any of the local flora or fauna, be prepared for a fascinating 40 minute (or more) dissertation on the subject. He continues his studies of forest management attending seminars, speeches, films and classes related to forestry.

You will always find him outside, among the trees he loves, swimming at Shinglekill Falls, or playing in his garden. He’s a true outdoorsman, and an asset to the New York Forest Owners Association.

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Position Name Address/Phone/E-mail
Chair Jason Post (518)577-4101
Vice-Chair Jeff Kehoe (518)596-9040
Secretary Laura Pisarri (518)965-3603
Treasurer Phil Walton (716)962-4041
Newsletter Editor Carl Wiedemann (518)895-1028
Chapter-Designated Director to the State Board Gerry McDonald (518) 756-2232

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