Awards & Recognition

Tree Farmer of the Year:

Congratulations to Upstate SC's Kirk Weyman, 2010 National Inspector of the Year. Click here to read about Kirk.

Every year South Carolina conducts a Tree Farmer of the Year recognition. Inspecting foresters nominate landowners who are doing an exceptional job at managing their forest and who share their enthusiasm for land management with others. The completed nominations are sent to the District Chairman. District Chairs select the top candidate. This property becomes the District Tree farmer of the year. The State Committee considers all District tree farmers of the year properties and selects three candidates for an on site visit. This usually occurs early each summer. The landowners and their properties are visited by representatives of the State Committee who selects the Tree Farmer of the Year.

Tree Farmers of the Year from South Carolina are:

2012:  Joanna Angle, Chester, South Carolina

2011:  Wallace Wood, Parksville, South Carolina

2010: Dennis Bauknight, Easley, South Carolina

2009: Mark T. Jones, Piedmont, South Carolina

2008: Eddie Drayton, Hartsville, South Carolina

2007: Ben Herlong, Saluda, South Carolina

2006: Bookman Station, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

03-04: Johney L. Haralson, Denmark, South Carolina

02-03: John M. Mc Phail, Abbeville, South Carolina

01-02: Dyches Family, Savannah, Georgia

00-01: Dr. Walter A. Mc Phail, Mauldin, South Carolina

99-00: Fred Gantt, Columbia, South Carolina

98-99: Deer Hill, Lane, South Carolina

97-98: Randell C. Ewing, Hartsville, South Carolina

96-97: William E. Eutsler, Cheraw, South Carolina

95-96: Gordon E. Gale, Hardeeville, South Carolina

94-95: Dr. A. G. "Skeet" Burris, Beaufort, South Carolina

93-94: W. R. "Roy" Watkins, Cassatt, South Carolina

92-93: Francis A. Snelgrove, Lexington, South Carolina

91-92: Tom Turner, Rock Hill, South Carolina

90-91: Robert Cecil Gentry, Salem, South Carolina

89-90: James W. Hunt, Jr. Eastover, South Carolina

88-89: John Carter, Sharon, South Carolina

87-88: Carroll & Jane Brown, Colleton County, South Carolina

86-87: Charles W. Redfearn, Beaufort, South Carolina

85-86: John W. Kemph, Jr. , Edgefield, South Carolina

84-85: Iverson Brookes Lawton, Allendale, South Carolina

83-84: Rufus B. Lawrimore, Hemingway, South Carolina

82-83: Mary Julia Royall, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

80-81: S. Guerry Stukes, Summerton, South Carolina


Regional Tree Farmer of the Year :

Tree Farmers of the Year awardees for South Carolina are entered into Regional recognition programs. One person is selected from each of four regions in the United States, then those are considered for the National Tree Farmer of the Year award.

Regional Tree Farmers of the Year from South Carolina are:

2012: Dr. Walter A. McPhail, Mauldin, South Carolina

2007: Johney Haralson, Denmark, South Carolina

2005: Dyches Family, Savannah, Georgia

2004: John & Mary Rebecca Spearman, Lane, South Carolina

2003: Dr. Walter A. McPhail, Mauldin, South Carolina

2000: Dr. A. G. "Skeet" and Gail Burris, Cummings, South Carolina

1996: Dr. A. G. "Skeet" and Gail Burris, Cummings, South Carolina


National Tree Farmer of the Year:

The Regional Tree Farmer of the Year from the four regions in the United States enters into a National Tree Farmer of the Year event.

2012, Dr. Walt McPhail from Mauldin, South Carolina was selected as National Tree Farmer of the Year.

2000, Dr. A. G. "Skeet" and Gail Burris from Cummings, South Carolina, were selected as National Tree Farmers of the Year.


Master Tree Farmer Volunteer of the Year:

The Master Tree Farmer program is an educational program designed to aid landowners to better managing their land. The program does not make landowners into foresters but it prepares landowners to be able to communicate clearly with foresters and to help them to understand forestry recommendations. One of the requirements of graduates of Master Tree Farmer courses is providing volunteer time to promote sustainable forestry. Every year course coordinators have an opportunity to nominate landowners for this award.


George D. Kessler Inspector of the Year:

Every two years the State Committee selects a Tree Farm Inspector who best exemplifies the devotion and contributions made by the professional foresters who help keep the Tree Farm Program strong in South Carolina.

Note: Dr. A. G. "Skeet" Burris, Cummings, South Carolina, was instrumental in establishing the award. Burris named the award after Dr. George D. Kessler in honor of his many years of service to the South Carolina Tree Farm program.

George D. Kessler Inspector of the Year from South Carolina are:

2012: Robert "Bob" G. Miller, Kinards, South Carolina

2009: Kirk Weyman, Anderson, South Carolina

2003: Jeffery G. Brown, Elgin, South Carolina

2000: Tom W. Patton, Jr., Columbia, South Carolina

 

2010 National Inspector of the Year Award - Kirk Weyman