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Gary Goff

Gary Goff

Gary Goff is likely a very familiar name to the NYFOA membership. Gary has been with Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension since 1979. He is most well-known for having developed and directed the NY State Master Forest Owner (MFO) Volunteer Program, an endeavor that has trained approximately 550 volunteers throughout NY State since 1991. He has been a member of NYFOA since early in his career. Until about ten years ago, Gary served on the Planning Board of the Southern Finger Lakes Chapter (SFL) of NYFOA; he recently was honored with a plaque of appreciation for his active roles within the SFL and the Allegany Foothill Chapters of NYFOA. Also, he was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Service Award at the annual spring meeting of NYFOA in Syracuse. He has also been a regular contributor to this magazine, writing about Forestry Best Management Practices and, more recently, about forest regeneration.


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The 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 future generations.

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.

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Solicitation for candidates for the Master Forest Owners Volunteer program for 2014 is now underway. The class will be September 24 - 27. Read more about it here and share with a friend.

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Our good friends at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are presenting "Managing White Pine in the Adirondacks" A workshop for foresters, loggers and landowners at the SUNY ESF Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, NY on August 19, 2014, Note, registrations is by August 1st. See details here.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO BRUCE ROBINSON- WINNER OF THE HEIBERG AWARD!

The Heiberg Award is named for Svend Heiberg, one of the charter members of NYFOA. It has been given annually since 1967 to recognize outstanding contributions to forestry and conservation in New York State.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GARY GOFF- WINNER OF THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD!

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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 2013, 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.

Shorna B. Allred, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Dept. of Natural Resources | Human Dimensions Research Unit
Cornell University
209 Bruckner Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2149
srb237@cornell.edu
www.human-dimensions.org

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