Granite State Division

The Granite State Division (GSD) represents the New Hampshire membership. The Executive Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 11:15am-1pm at the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH 03301 and via zoom.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Connor Breton
Connor Breton
Somersworth

Chair

Connor Breton
Term: 1/1/24- 12/31/24
Connor.R.Breton@dncr.nh.gov

Connor is a forester with the NH Division of Forests and Lands, serving under a cooperative agreement with NH Fish and Game to meet habitat objectives on state lands and wildlife management areas. Connor grew up, studied, and developed as a forester in NH. He attended UNH from 2012-2018, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Natural Resources (Forestry). Prior positions held were with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Southeast Land Trust of NH (SELT). Out of the woods, he enjoys being with family, camping, and riding motorcycles. This is Connor’s first term on the Granite State Executive Committee.

Alexa Kosalek
Alexa Kosalek
West Stewartstown

Immediate Past Chair

Alexa Kosalek
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
Alexa.R.Kosalek@dncr.nh.gov

Alexa is an easement monitor with the NH Department of Natural and Cultural resources. She started her involvement with SAF as a Student, where she spent two years on the Student Executive committee as a District 6 Student Representative, and one of those years serving as the chair of the Student Executive Committee. She is excited to be continuing her involvement as a transitional member, by chairing the Granite State Division Executive Committee.

Matthias Nevins
Matthias Nevins
New London, NH

Chair Elect

Matthias Nevins
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
mnevins@meadowsendco.com

Matthias is a Forester with Meadowsend Consulting Company, based in New London, NH. As a licensed professional forester (NHLPF#518), Matthias works closely with family forest owners to achieve their stewardship objectives and deepen their connection to the land and our working forest economy. Matthias has a B.S. in Conservation Biology from St. Lawrence University (’12) and a M.S. in Forest Science from the University of Vermont (’19). Matthias is also a licensed forester in the state of Vermont, a NRCS technical service provider (TSP), and a Certified Tree Farm Inspector. His interests and hobbies include recreating outdoors through the seasons, fishing, biking, playing too many sports, and spending time with family.

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor
Manchester

Secretary

Sam Taylor
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
staylor@manchesternh.gov

Sam Taylor is the watershed forester for Manchester Water Works, where he has worked since late 2022 managing forests in the Sucker Brook and Massabesic Lake watersheds. Prior to joining Water Works, he worked with the State of New Hampshire, Division of Forests and Lands as the forestry and wildlife program forester for the NH South Region. Sam holds an A.A.S. in Forest Technology from the Thompson School at UNH. He has served as GSD-SAF secretary since 2016.

Don Floyd
Don Floyd
Concord, NH

Policy Chair

Don Floyd
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
dfloyde6l@gmail.com

Don is a retired professor of forestry and dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick, in Canada. He previously served as a professor of forest policy at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Floyd is a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

A life-long conservationist, Floyd is a former board chair of the Atlantic region for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He lives in Concord, NH, with his wife, Sally, border collie Acer, and too many deer, porcupines, and black bears.

Steve Junkin
Steve Junkin
Northwood

Treasurer

Steve Junkin
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
sjunkin@forestsociety.org

Steve has served on the GSD-SAF committee in the role of treasurer from 2014 to 2017. He has been an SAF member since 2002 and is currently employed with the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. His role there is Field Forester assisting with the management of the 65,000 acres of fee lands owned by the Forest Society. He has held a forestry license since 2009 and calls Northwood, NH home. Steve obtained his forestry education from the University of New Hampshire. His free time is spent hunting, fishing, hiking with his wife and two dogs and cooking up tasty food in the kitchen. He squeezes in additional free time volunteering with easement monitoring duties for a local land trust, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.

Education Chair

Tim Fleury
Term: 1/1/24 – 12/31/24
tim.fleury@unh.edu

Tim is the UNH Extension Merrimack County Forester.

Ted Howard
Ted Howard
Durham, NH

NESAF Representative

Ted Howard
Term: 1/1/23-12/31/24

Ted is professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire where he served as academic administrator and faculty member for forty years. He has previously served in leadership capacities for the Granite State Division and the New England Society of American Foresters. He holds a BS in Natural Resources (UMaine), Master of Forestry (Duke), and Ph.D in Forest Management (Oregon State University).

Geoffrey T. Jones
Geoffrey T. Jones
Stoddard

Tree Farm Committee Representative

Geoffrey T. Jones
Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/24
geoffreytjones@gmail.com

Geoff Jones is a professional forester with 43 years of experience. He received a BA in Biology from KSC and an AAS in Forest Technology from the TSAS/UNH. He is the former director of land management with SPNHF, where he served for 30 years. In 2010 he founded Loveland Forestry, offering forestry and residential tree removal services to discriminating landowners. Geoff was a charter member of the New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Council; served on the UNH Thompson School Forest Advisory Committee from 1984-present; served on the 1997 and 2010 committees that developed the “Good Forestry in the Granite State” guidebook. He is author of several articles including the publication: “A Guide to Logging Aesthetics: Practical Tips for Loggers, Foresters, and Landowners”. Geoff is the recipient of many state, regional, and national awards, including: 1993 GSD/SAF New Hampshire Forester of the Year Award; 1994 NELA Outstanding Contributions to Forest Industry Education Award; 2006 NELA Outstanding Management of Resources Award; 2006 NESAF Austin Cary Practicing Professional Award; and the 2018 SAF President’s Award for “Outstanding Field Forester” (Representing New England, New York, & Quebec).
Geoff serves on the Stoddard conservation commission (since 1996) and has been the chair since 1999. He is a US Coast Guard Vietnam Veteran (1969-73).

Matt Chagnon
Matt Chagnon
Farmington

Awards Chair

Matt Chagnon
Term: 1/1/22 – 12/31/24
matt.chagnon@unh.edu

Matt retired in 2019 after 39 years of teaching in the Forest Technology program at the Thompson School of Applied Science at UNH. He earned an AAS from that program in 1979 and continued at UNH to earn a BS (1986) and MS (1988), both in forestry. Matt is a past chair of the Granite State Division of SAF and served six years on SAF’s Committee on Forest Technology School Accreditation. He was the 2016 recipient of NESAF’s Ernest M. Gould, Jr. Technology Transfer Award. Matt is a member of the NH Timberland Owners Association and served on the board of directors. He is still active as a co-owner of Granite State Lumberjack Shows, producing the lumberjack events for the nationally televised Stihl Timbersports. Now that they are retired, Matt and his wife Rose spend a lot of time on their woodlots and with their grandchildren.

Science & Technology Chair

Ranjit Bawa
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
Ranjit.Bawa@unh.edu

Newsletter Correspondent

Steve Eisenhaure
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
woodlands@unh.edu

Steve is the Land Use Coordinator for UNH woodlands

Granite State Division Business


Student Incentives Fund & Grant


Policy Letters 


Position Statements


EC Meeting Minutes


Links to Helpful Resources
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