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Brad and Linda Jones live on 129 acres in the Town of Italy, NY in Yates County. Linda was born on Long Island and grew up in the Albany area. After obtaining degrees from SUNY Brockport and American University, she worked for 30 years in human resources at Eastman Kodak, followed by six years at Constellation Brands as Director of Training and Development. After spending two years as a crop owner at Wegmans Organic Farm she is now a licensed real estate salesperson with Nothnagle Realtors in Naples and Canandaigua. Brad was born and raised in the Rochester area and has science degrees from the University of Toronto with an MBA from RIT. He worked at Kodak for 29 years followed by stints at Alstom North America and the Al Sigl Center in executive positions. Brad has also taught at the Finger Lakes Community College and served on the town board and planning board. He currently continues to offer consulting services to local clients on issues of organizational competitiveness, while shifting more of his time and energy to the property (and then there is golf). Linda and Brad have three children and seven grandchildren, along with two Labradors, Micha and Tobi.

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The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Through local chapter and statewide activities such as woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the qualities and importance of New York’s forests.


Your NYFOA Membership Committee seeks a few energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to help grow NYFOA Rewards, our member discount program (see below), and the NYFOA Auction, which will raise significant funds for forestry-related youth programs in NY. If you have time and interest, please email Dean Faklis (dfaklis@frontiernet.net) for more information. Thanks!      (9/4/2016)


NYFOA Rewards Program- Members now have the opportunity to get significant discounts on goods and services through participating dealers. See here for a list of participating dealers and associated discounts. Membership application here


NYFOA 2016 Annual Meeting
State Award Winners

Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen receives the NYFOA 2016 Heiberg Award from Marilyn Wyman at our Annual Membership Meeting.

Rich Taber

Rich Taber, on right, receives the NYFOA 2016 Service Award from Mike Seager

Read the full description of these two honoree's contributions to NYFOA and forest stewardship in general and information on the Chapter Service Awards (which can also be found on this site in their respective chapter sections) in the May/June issue of The New York Forest Owner.

Find out about the SUNY-ESF
Ten Thousand Chestnut Challenge here.

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The Northeast Timber Growing Contest is designed to help improve the long-term productivity and health of small private woodlands in the northeastern forest through the engagement of landowners and forestry professionals in a process that includes education, research, technology transfer, and friendly competition.

For more information, click on the logo above or go to www.TimberContest.com and get ready to grow BIG trees!



Click the logo above to find out why New York’s Forests are an “endangered species” and how NYFOA’s “Restore New York Woodlands” initiative is addressing the crisis.


"The Future of New York Forests at Risk-
Working Toward a Comprehensive Solution"

More than 150 forest stakeholders attended a Symposium on April 25, 2015 at SUNY ESF Syracuse, sponsored by NYFOA and several other leading environmental organizations.

Click HERE for links to the Symposium Agenda, PDF files of speakers’ presentations, and relevant references and webinars.

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Looking for an event in your area? Click on Chapters above and visit the chapter pages to find out what's happening!

Wanted: Landowners for Member Profiles! As many of you know, we include a member landowner profile in each issue of the Forest Owner magazine. The next several issues of the Forest Owner, especially in 2015, will be highlighting various aspects of forest regeneration or restoration. Do you have any experiences related to your efforts, successes, or failures with forest regeneration? If so, we would love to hear from you and any others that would be interested in being interviewed for the profile. If interested, please click on the link below and we will be in touch. The time commitment is only about 30 minutes for the interview. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OwnerProfile

Even if you don’t have any stories to tell about regeneration we are still interested in hearing from you if you would like to be profiled for the Forest Owner. Any questions? Please contact me at the number or e-mail below.

Jeff Joseph
529 Prospect Valley
Willseyville, NY 13864
(607) 659-5995



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