CDC Announces Dick Gibbs as Winner of the 2017 CDC Chapter Service Award

After a 35 year career in DEC, Dick Gibbs was recruited into NYFOA by everyone’s mentor, Mike Greason. When Mike became Dick (and his wife) Shari’s Forester for their 130 acre farm, with 70 acres of woodlot in Rensselaer County, Dick took on an active role in NYFOA- CDC.With Mike’s untimely passing, Dick became Chairman of the CDC Steering Committee, where he contributed a series of creative columns about his experiences as an amateur naturalist in our Chapter Newsletter, a contribution he continues today.

Dick has hosted many Woods Walks, and has been an advocate for small woodlot owners to be able to learn about forest management practices.He is active as an MFO volunteer, has lectured to the local Boy Scouts on Forest Management, and represents NYFOA at the Schaghticoke Fair.For a number of years, he has been an especially active participant in Forestry Awareness Day at the State Legislature.Every year, Dick and Shari hold a NYFOA Maple Syrup Tour at their neighbor’s sap house, which uses sap collected from Dick’s own sugar bush. Dick introduced our Chapter to the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA), a land conservation group in Rensselaer County.RPA has co-sponsored many of our events, such as Maple Syrup Tours, GOL, and Woods Walks at their Community Forest.

Last, but not least, Dick was instrumental in bringing the Game of Logging to the CDC, and has hosted GOL classes in his own woodlot, thereby spreading chainsaw safety training to a wide range of land owners, as well as several organizations, such as Grafton Lakes State Park and the RPA.

Dick is certainly deserving of this award, and is way overdue to be recognized for his contributions to our Chapter.

Submitted by Laura Pisarri

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