The North Carolina Tree Farm Program named Jeremy Isom the 2019 Inspector of the Year at its annual meeting in Mount Gilead on Oct. 17. Isom is a consulting forester with Gelbert, Fullbright and Randolph Forestry Consultants PLLC in Lillington.
Each year the N.C. Tree Farm Program recognizes the exceptional work of one Tree Farm inspector who promotes forest stewardship and the American Tree Farm System Standards of Sustainability through volunteer work with the program.
The N.C. Tree Farm Program has more than 200 volunteer inspectors who serve as the primary contact between the program and woodland owners and implement the program’s intensive inspection and certification process. Inspectors contribute hundreds of hours each year to enrolling landowners in the program and offering them forest management advice, inspecting Tree Farms, helping with field tours and forestry workshops, and serving in leadership positions with the organization.
Isom has been an active volunteer with the N.C. Tree Farm Program since 2012 and has served on the program’s board of directors since 2013. He has organized forestry field tours that promote forest stewardship and educate landowners about forest management practices. He has certified 12 new tree farms representing 4,026 acres and re-inspected 14 tree farms representing 4,182 acres.
The N.C. Tree Farm Program is a state partner of the American Tree Farm System. It promotes the stewardship of sustainable natural resource management (wood, water, wildlife and recreation) and the benefits of forest certification through education, professional contact, peer mentoring and recognition program. For more information about the N.C. Tree Farm Program, visit www.nctreefarm.org.