OLD FORGE, NY — On May 2, 2024, the Northeastern Loggers’ Association presented Cynthia Wyatt with its Outstanding Management of Resources Award for 2023 at the organization’s annual Loggers’ Banquet in Burlington, Vermont.

Cynthia Wyatt’s father, Carl Siemon, spent his professional life in Connecticut but grew up spending time at his grandparents’ farm in Milton Mills, NH. In 1962 he purchased the last three acres of the farm from their estate and proceeded to reacquire the original 100 acres. During his life, he grew the farm from three acres to 3,000 acres.

Cynthia Wyatt became interested in forestry when her father donated the development rights on 1,500 acres of private land to the New Hampshire Forest Society in 1991. In 1995, she and her father created the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, a private operating foundation to manage the forests and fields of their 3,000-acre Branch Hill Farm.

In 2000, Cynthia created Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG), a regional land trust covering seven towns that surround the scenic Moose Mountains of New Hampshire. Cynthia served as a director of MMRG until 2020, managing trustee of Branch Hill Farm until 2021, and is currently chair of the board of directors. Cynthia also served as Chair of the Milton Conservation Commission for 20 years.

Over the years, MMRG and Branch Hill Farm have collaborated to offer many educational programs that demonstrate how wood is harvested and the usefulness of wood products. Recently, they held one entitled “From Forest to Frame,” during which they harvested wood,

milled it and erected a pole barn.

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