Maine Forest Products Council Announces Maine Forest Service District Forester Dan Jacobs as 2021 Outstanding Forester Award Recipient

September 24, 2021

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Augusta - Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Maine Forest Service (MFS) Director Patty Cormier presented the 2021 Outstanding Forester Award to Dan Jacobs at this week's 61st Maine Forest Products Council Annual meeting at Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. Jacobs is a longtime forestry community member, having served as District Forester with the MFS for 21 years in Island Falls.

"Dan is a true teacher, educator, forest practitioner, and messenger for safety in forestry operations," said Director Cormier. "He is a wonderful ambassador of our forests with assisting the gamut of forestry stakeholders as they navigate the complex forestry world concerning regulations, federal cost-share programs, and the many other forestry programs. Congratulations, Dan!"

"I congratulate Dan Jacobs and thank him for his leadership and commitment to the many people, programs, and institutions he has served," said DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal. "The state's forest landscape would look very different if it were not for the expert services of Dan and all of our District Foresters."

"The Maine Forest Products Council honored Dan Jacobs as the Outstanding Forester of 2021 because of his exceptional ability to communicate with a wide variety of people in the forest economy, including landowners, loggers, forestry organizations, and the general public. He listens to what people need and helps them achieve it," said Maine Forest Products Council Executive Director Patrick Strauch.

Jacobs covers the southern portion of Aroostook County and a few towns in northern Penobscot County as well. Before working for the Maine Forest Service, Dan was a forester for International Paper Company, based in Clayton Lake. He has also worked as a forester for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. His forestry education includes an M.S. from Penn State, a B.S. from Utah State, and an AS from Unity College. He chaired the committee that prepared the MFS Forest Policy and Management Division book, "The Forestry Rules of Maine."

Dan has worked with the State Implementation Committee of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) State Implementation Committee to develop and host dozens of Best Management Practice (BMP) workshops. He was on the planning committee for the Project Learning Tree teacher tours and is a Maine Woodland Owners newsletter author. Dan is very active in the planning and managing of the Bird Farm maple sugar operation and is involved with the Region Two School of Applied Technology programs, the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, the Envirothon and SAD 29 educational programs.

Also receiving recognition at the Maine Forest Products Council Annual meeting:

  • Peter Triandafillou, Huber Resources Corporation, recipient of the 2021 Albert Nutting Award
  • Albro Cowperthwaite, North Maine Woods, recipient of the 2021 Abby Holman Public Service Award
  • John Gray, Maine Forest Products Council, recipient of the 2021 President's Award
  • Ken Gallant, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, and Tom Griffin, Sappi Fine Paper North America, each receiving the first-ever Outstanding Environmental Manager award

Learn more about the Maine Forest Products Council, including the awards, organizational overview, coming events, issues, and other information on their website

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Pictured left to right: MFPC Board President Ryan McCoy, MFS District Forester Dan Jacobs, MFS Director Patty Cormier, and MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch. Photo Courtesy Maine Forest Products Council.