OLD FORGE, NY — On May 2, 2024, the Northeastern Loggers’ Association presented Ann Davis with its Outstanding Industry Advocate Award for 2023 at the organization’s annual Loggers’ Banquet in Burlington, Vermont.

Ann Davis of Springfield, NH is a writer, journalist, and longstanding advocate for the forest products industry. She steered the creation of the book New Hampshire’s Forests, New Hampshire’s People, a book that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA). She was also the guest editor for the second edition of Good Forestry in The Granite State, published in 2010, and More Than a Woodlot, published in 2012.

Davis and her husband Marc also own and manage 500 acres of timberland adjacent to the John F. Gile Memorial State Forest. They have named this woodlot “Woods Without Gile.” They have been members of NHTOA since 2002 and they were selected as New Hampshire Tree Farmers of the Year in 2022.

As manager of their property, Davis has used loggers certified through the NH Timber Harvesting Council’s Professional Loggers Program for four timber harvests at the property. Working with a licensed forester, these harvests have generated income used for improvements at the woodlot. Skid trails are laid out with hiking trails in mind. Improving the forest stand, creating views, and diversifying habitat while protecting water resources always are key goals of these harvests.

“Without the skilled work of professional loggers, the Woods Without Gile would not have been named New Hampshire’s 2022 Tree Farm of the year,” Davis said.

Davis often writes letters and testifies before NH legislative committees in support of timber harvesting and opposes bills that would harm the forest products industry in New Hampshire.

Davis is a landowner representative on a NH Legislative Commission that is working to resolve conflicts between trail users, including ATVs, and those who walk, bicycle, horseback ride, etc., on trails owned by New Hampshire. Her tenure on this commission, appointed by the Governor, continues through 2027.

In 2024, Davis is serving as a member of the Concord Monitor’s Reader Advisory Board. She regularly suggests ideas for articles about timber management in New Hampshire including the NH Tree Farm Program. 

The Outstanding Industry Advocate Award recognizes a person or organization with significant accomplishments in promoting public education and acceptance of the forest products industry.

The Northeastern Loggers’ Association, Inc. (NELA) was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Old Forge, New York. The organization has nearly 2,000 members in the region from Maine to Minnesota and Missouri to Maryland. NELA publishes the monthly magazine The Northern Logger & Timber Processor and hosts the annual Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Exposition (Loggers’ Expo). NELA hosts the Annual Awards Banquet every year on the evening prior to the opening of its annual Loggers’ Expo.

NELA serves its membership and the public by advocating for the wise stewardship of our forest resources. The organization develops programs that strengthen the forest products community and help members produce products to meet the needs of the American people.  

Learn more about NELA at www.northernlogger.com