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Ralph Meyer Receives CNY's Service Award

Ralph Meyer received his degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in 1956. At graduation he was drafted into the army. After training as a Field Medic and while being processed to go overseas he saw a notice for the World Soil Group.

After interviewing for a forestry position he was accepted and sent to Schwetzingen, Germany. There he worked with the military and foresters of several countries drawing overlays for topography maps of European forests. He continued this work for 18 months while hunting and sightseeing during time off.

Following the service he worked in forestry in NY and NH, including having his own forestry consulting business in Pennsylvania.

There were far fewer opportunities in forestry at that time and with the family wanting to return to upstate NY, Ralph switched careers and went into sales and marketing. This switch provided the time to invest in woods of his own and practice his vocation of forestry again. He and his wife MaryJane purchased 175 acres in the Brookfield, NY area in 1968. In 1970 the farm became a registered Tree Farm. They became members of the National Wild Turkey Federation in 1980 and joined NYFOA approximately 20 years ago.

Ralph became chair of the Central New York chapter of NYFOA in 2010. He initiated the newsletter that Randi Starmer handles so well for the group and has encouraged woodswalks putting effort into covering different microclimates and conditions within our six county area. Members have also enjoyed touring a saw mill, but mostly Ralph has encouraged members to help each other improve their woodlots.

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Position Name Address/Phone/E-mail
Chair Dan Zimmerman
Vice-Chair (vacant)
Secretary Randi Starmer (315)637-5213
Treasurer Severence Babcock (315)662-3688
Newsletter Editor Randi Starmer (315)637-5213
Chapter-Designated Director to the State Board Bruce Revette
with Rich Pancoe as alternate

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