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Brett Chedzoy Receives SFL's Service Award at Annual Meeting


SFL's Jeff Joseph (left) presents Brett Chedzoy with the SFL Service Award at NYFOA's Annual Meeting

The recipient of the service award for the Southern Finger Lakes chapter is Brett Chedzoy. Brett has been a NYFOA member for over 25 years, and has ably served as SFL secretary for the past eight. Over this time, he has been a steadfast participant, record keeper, and organizer within the chapter steering committee, and he and his family have graciously hosted a number of chapter woodswalks and social events. Never one to be at a loss for words, Brett has also usually served as the chapter’s default master of ceremonies.

Brett’s background and training as a forester have been invaluable to the chapter. He has always proved willing to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the steering committee and chapter at large, and despite the challenges of promoting long-term, sustainable forest management to a public that all-too-often is primarily concerned with maximizing short-term profit, he has done so with a consistently positive attitude, and with a good sense of humor.

In addition to volunteering his time with NYFOA, Brett works as a regional extension forester for Cornell, is a regional director of the Master Forest Owner program in the Southern Tier, and somehow also manages to find time to be a successful livestock farmer, an innovator in the practice of silvopasturing, as well as an active steward of his own woodlot.

In promoting NYFOA’s mission, he clearly leads by example, and sets a high bar for the rest of us. The Southern Finger Lakes chapter is glad to have him, and we are pleased to present him with the service award for 2017.

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Position Name Address/Phone/E-mail
Chair Robert Barton (607)387-9224
Secretary Brett Chedzoy (607)535-7161
Treasurer Scott Smith (607)227-7495
Chapter-Designated Director to the State Board Jeff Joseph (607)659-5995

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