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GORHAM, N.H. — Magoon Logging LLC, based in Loudon, N.H., is the 2017 Outstanding Logger, as awarded by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA). The award was presented to the company’s founder, Matt Magoon, and his wife Jamie at the NHTOA’s 106th Annual Meeting at the Town and Country Inn & Resort in Gorham on May 13, 2017.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for doing the right thing,” he says. “To be honest, there’s not a lot of glory in running a good business and working hard for your customers and your family.”

“It is inspiring to see what a solid business Matt and Jamie Magoon have built over the past 15 years,” says NHTOA program director Steve Patten. “Their integrity and commitment to sound harvesting practices has earned them an impeccable reputation and now some well-deserved recognition.”

“Matt is very clear that his employees and clients are business priorities.  He believes strongly in providing the tools and training time to advance his team's professionalism,” comments Jeremy Turner of Meadowsend Timberlands, a member of the NHTOA Awards Committee who reviewed Magoon Logging’s operations. “His vision is decades out, and, as a result, he makes all business decisions on strengthening the company from the inside and out, where focus is on professionalism, reputation and adaptability.  Clearly Matt is a real leader in managing the ‘here and now’ while investing in the future.”

A Loudon native, Matt knew a life in the woods was for him when he was still in high school. After graduating, he worked for a local logger for a year and a half before founding his own company, Magoon Logging LLC, in 2002 — “On May 3,” he remembers distinctly. He was also in the NHTOA’s and Timber Harvesting Council’s first Professional Loggers Program graduating class, in October of 1999.

Over the years, Matt says he picked up ideas here and there “to develop our own style,” which he describes as a conservative but quality-driven approach. Attention to detail is a hallmark — “meticulous” is not too strong of a word to apply to a Magoon job site. He also takes great pride in developing long-standing personal relationships with timberland owners as well as sawmills. This kind of logging has earned Magoon an enviable, even remarkable reputation: the company has not ever, in its 15-year history, done a logging job more than 15 miles from Loudon. The quality of the work speaks for itself, and Matt’s customers spread the word. “We’ve been fortunate enough to stay in such a tight circle,” says Matt, “although we have the equipment and willingness to work anywhere landowners would like us to come.”

Turner points out that all of Magoon Logging’s employees are cross-trained.  “Here the workforce rotates job duties as a normal daily motion, thus making a workplace of skilled equality and a business that is resilient to the pitfalls of narrow employee skill sets,” he notes.

Matt, 35, met his wife Jamie, who is an important part of Magoon Logging, when they were in first grade together. They’ve known each other nearly their entire lives, going to grade school and high school together in Loudon; now they have three children of their own.

 

 

GORHAM, N.H. — John Caveney, a longtime vice president with Cersosimo Lumber Co., which operates sawmills in New Hampshire, Vermont , and New York was honored today for his long service to the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) and the forestry community with the NHTOA’s Kendall Norcott Award.

The award, named for the NHTOA’s first executive director and forester Kendall Norcott, is the NHTOA’s most prestigious award and recognizes outstanding achievement in forestry and timberland management.

Jasen Stock, executive director of the NHTOA, says John’s experience in the forest products industry and tireless commitment to the NTHOA has helped guide the NHTOA for many years. John has been a director of the association, serving as President and a member of dozens of committees. “The Kendall Norcott Award honors exceptional service to our organization and our members,” comments Jasen, “and John is the perfect person to honor this way. His help and support have been a mainstay of not just the NHTOA but also of the overall New Hampshire forest-products industry. It’s safe to say that John has been a positive force within our association and the industry and without his input and work the NHTOA and industry would not be as strong as they are today.”

John has known the woods his entire life. He grew up in Northfield, N.H., and after his education he went to work for Don Clifford at Tri-State Timberlands. In 1976 he joined Cersosimo Lumber Co., which at the time operated just two mills at one location, cutting about 7.5 million board feet a year. At Cersosimo, John found a lasting home, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, Cersosimo operates mills at four locations in northern New England and New York and cuts approximately 50 million board feet a year.

He says he likes and appreciates the long arc in time of sustainable timber harvesting, which is unique among agricultural products. “Cersosimo has been buying land for 70 years. When I came on in ’76, some properties had been cut over, but we’re harvesting from them again now. This has to be long-term,” he observes. “Wood is not a fruit crop. That’s why you have to have a passion for it.”

Ultimately, though, “It’s the people that keep me there. They are very, very hard-working and dedicated and passionate — and that includes the landowners, the loggers, the foresters, everyone in the business. One thing I’ve learned is that you’ve got to love it if you’re going to stick with it.” 

GORHAM, N.H. — At its Annual Meeting, the membership of New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) elected David Marden, founder of Boot Hill Farm Land Services, Stratham, N.H., to the association’s board of directors. The 106th Annual Meeting of the NHTOA, which was founded in 1911, was held May 13, 2017, at the Town and Country Inn & Resort in Gorham, N.H.

David Marden comes to the NHTOA Board of Directors by way of an unusual path. A native of Newton, N.H., he was a tractor salesman for a time after graduating from high school. Then he headed out to west to work as a custom wheat harvester.

“We worked 16-hour days, beginning in Texas and working our way north to Montana as the wheat, barley, and sunflowers ripened,” he remembers. “I drove trucks and combines and enjoyed the work.” But the long days and long seasons took their toll, and Dave moved on to Oregon and worked there as a landscaper. Yet the West, beautiful and scenic and remarkable as it is, wasn’t truly home, and in 2000 Dave loaded his gear on to a trailer and drove east. After returning to New Hampshire, he established Boot Hill Farm Land Services in Stratham.

“I most enjoy the stewardship jobs,” he observes. “With those, I can work with a landowner to complete a project and return in the future to help further improve the property. In those situations, I feel that I have done something worthwhile.” His many clients include the state of New Hampshire, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and former NHTOA directors and presidents Isobel Parke and Ned Therrien.

“I am looking forward to working with David on the NHTOA board. His commitment to long-term sustainable land management and work ethic will be real assets to the NHTOA board of directors” said Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director.

In a hearing packed with timberland owners, loggers, foresters, sawmill operators, and others connected with New Hampshire's forest-products industry, members of the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee heard strong support for Senate Bill 129, the proposed legislation to shore up N.H.'s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law and thus help the state's six independent biomass (wood chips) energy plants, which together comprise a critical market for low-grade wood. The hearing's sign-in sheet showed 76 attendees supporting the bill and just three opposed. 

 

During the hearing, committee members heard how the low-grade timber market these power plants provide benefit the state's timberland owners, loggers, foresters, sawmills and others. They also heard how these markets benefit forest health in New Hampshire and provide land managers an important tool for wildlife habitat creation.

 

"New Hampshire's forest are the healthiest in the nation because of the forestry work I  can do with the low-grade timber markets these power plants provide," said Bob Berti, a licensed forester from Rumney (licensed forester #3).

Media coverage focused on issues of importance to the forest-products industry.

 

New Hampshire Public Radio's (NHPR) report, "Supporters Say Saving N.H. Biomass Would Boost State's Forestry Industry," can be read here.  

 

But the NH Business Review was more critical.

 

During the hearing, the NHTOA shared the results of a Plymouth State University economic study on these biomass plants that  the NHTOA commissioned last year. Jasen Stock, the NHTOA's executive director, referenced in his testimony the economic benefits New Hampshire and its communities get from the six biomass power plants. It is significant: the six plants provide 121 jobs directly and support 583 jobs indirectly and 228 "induced effect" service jobs. The grand total of the direct effect (the six independent biomass electric power plants), indirect effect (supply industries), and induced effect (service sector) economic activities is 932 jobs ($50.9 million in payroll), and the total economic output to the state's economy is $254.5 million each year.

 

"In this hearing there was a lot of talk about the cost of this bill by the opponents. What they fail to recognize is the economic benefits the state's RPS law provides through the biomass power plants," said Jasen in his testimony. "These plants support our forests, provide jobs, provide tax revenue to our towns and the state, and are connected to one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the state - forest products."

 

The NHTOA anticipates that members of the House committee will schedule work sessions on this bill over the next two weeks. Look for future updates and calls to action from the NHTOA.

 

Photo: Ray Berthiaume, forester with Wagner Forest Management, tells the House committee why SB 129 is vital to a healthy forest products industry in New Hampshire. (Photo by Steve Bjerklie.)