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  • Inspiring Others – Mrs. Penelope Wilson

    Penelope Perkins Wilson has a deep and abiding love for art, education, architecture, conservation, and historic preservation, and she has found supporting FHS to be a meaningful way to transform those loves into broad impact. The grand-niece of pioneering forestry educator Carl Alwin Schenck, Mrs. Wilson’s support was instrumental in developing and helping the FHS documentary…

  • The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation

    Harley Langdale, Jr. (1914-2013) was a forester, business environmentalist, and former chairman of The Langdale Company who helped to grow the business from a small turpentine and land holding company into a fully-integrated, diversified forest products company. Beginning with one crop of turpentine timber on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in 1894, the…

  • The Gift of a Lifetime – L. Michael and Karen C. Kelly

    Michael and Karen Kelly have no shortage of funding priorities, including college expenses for two daughters, various local and national charities and the building and renovation of a 384-acre farm where, working with numerous local and national rescue groups, they have fostered over 150 dogs to date, caring for them at their own expense and…

  • An Educator’s Legacy – Michelle Steen-Adams

    Michelle Steen-Adams is an affiliate social scientist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, where she conducts applied research on fire-prone forests to inform wildland fire policy and management. An associate professor of Environmental Studies at the University of New England, Michelle has taught courses in forest landscape ecology and environmental…

  • Industry Leading the Way – Hancock Resources Group

    The Hancock Natural Resource Group specializes in global timberland, farmland, and renewable energy portfolio development and management. Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) is the world’s largest timberland investment manager for institutional investors, with $10.5 billion in global assets managed in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. President and Managing Director of Hancock…

  • Jean-Claude and Lisette Mercier

    Jean-Claude Mercier, forest engineer and economist, served on the FHS Board of Directors for six years (1992-1998). In his former role as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Forests of Canada, he sustained and advanced Canada’s distinguished association with the Forest History Society. Over the last sixty years, FHS has been allied with Canadian business,…

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