Green Mountain Division

Representing members of the State of Vermont.


Executive Committee Officers

Bill Musson
Bill Musson
Orang, VT

Immediate Past Chair

Bill Musson
Term: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2024
bill@redstartconsulting.com

Bill received a bachelor’s degree in Forestry Operations and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate from Paul Smith’s College in 2018. He has been a consulting forester for Redstart Natural Resource Management since 2016. Bill is a licensed forester in Vermont. In addition to his work, Bill enjoys carpentry, logging, landscaping with native plants, raising pigs, and playing hockey as much as possible. He lives in Orange, VT.

Paul Szwedo
Paul Szwedo

Chair

Paul Szwedo
Term: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2024
paulszwedo@gmail.com

Paul is a State Lands Forester with the Department of Forest Parks and Recreation working in the Northeast Kingdom (District 5). Paul earned a Masters Degree in Forestry from the University of Maine, Orono, where his research focused on “Forest Sampling, Prescription, and Harvest Operations of Expanding Gap Silvicultural Systems in Central Maine”. Paul has special interests in silviculture and forest biometrics. Prior to his work with the state, Paul worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Maine Orono, and the USFS Penobscot Experimental Forest. From 2007-2012 Paul managed a hardwood sawmill in Burlington, CT with annual outputs ranging from 500mbf-1mmbf of graded hardwood lumber. Paul is a recipient of the University of Maine’s Ralph Griffin Award – presented to a meritorious graduate student in silviculture. Paul is a 2021 graduate of the Vermont Forest Business School. When Paul is not in the woods, he is busy on his family’s farm where he raises beef, lamb, pastured poultry, hay, and organic vegetables with his wife and son.

Emily Meacham
Emily Meacham
St. Johnsbury, VT

Vice Chair

Emily Meacham
Term: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2024
Emily.Meacham@vermont.gov

Emily is a forest health specialist with the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation working in the Northeast Kingdom (District 5). Emily earned a master’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine. She has conducted research on post-harvest assessments of downed wood and wound severity as it relates to decay compartmentalization. In addition to her work with forest health, Emily spent many years conducting timber harvests and road construction in Maine and the NEK. When not at work, Emily spends her time Nordic skiing, farming, and hiking in the white mountains.

Jess Wikle
Jess Wikle

NESAF Representative & News Correspondent

Jess Wikle
Term: 1/1/2023 – 12/31/2024
jessica.wikle@uvm.edu

Jess is the manager of the Research Forests and member of the forestry faculty at UVM, where she is also a PhD candidate studying climate-adaptive silviculture. She has been an SAF member since 2007, and served on the leadership team of the Yale SAF student chapter, as well as attending the 2022 SAF Leadership Academy. Prior to UVM, she completed an MFS degree at the Yale Forest School, preceded by several years working as a consulting forester in CT and MA. She earned a BS in Forestry from UNH in 2009. She has been a licensed forester since 2012 and is also a member of the Forest Stewards Guild and New England Women Foresters Collaborative.

Virginia (Ginger) Anderson
Virginia (Ginger) Anderson
Montpelier, VT

Secretary

Virginia (Ginger) Anderson
Term: 1/1/2023 – 12/31/2024
quedav06@gmail.com

Virginia (Ginger) Anderson graduated from the University of Vermont in 1979.  She joined SAF as a student member while at UVM.  Ginger spent 8 years with the US Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest and Utah working on presale/timber sale activities.  While in the West she also worked for Atterbury Consultants and for the Makah Tribal Council before returning to Vermont. Ginger worked for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation from 1990-2019.  She retired from the Barre District Office as Forestry District Manager. Ginger lives in Berlin, Vermont with her husband Stephen Bushman.  They have two grown daughters.

Sarah Ford
Sarah Ford

Treasurer

Sarah Ford
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
sarahf@forestcarbonworks.com

Sarah leads the Natural Resources division at Forest Carbon Works which includes field team activities, verification support, afforestation efforts, and landowner and partner outreach. She began her time at Forest Carbon Works in 2018 as a Forest Technician and transitioned to Regional Forester before her current role as Chief Forestry Officer. Prior to Forest Carbon Works, Sarah was a consulting forester for Butternut Mountain Farm in northern Vermont, managing private forest lands for the Vermont forest tax program and assisting with the company sugaring operations. She holds a Masters in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.

Peter Clark
Peter Clark
Burlington, VT

Policy Chair

Peter Clark
Term: 1/1/23 – 12/31/24
Peter.Clark@uvm.edu

Pete is Postdoctoral Associate in the Forestry Program at the University of Vermont where he conducts research on forest responses to climate change and works with foresters to evaluate management strategies to promote ecosystem resilience or adaptation. He earned a degree from Hampshire College where he studied old-growth ponderosa pine tree-rings, a master’s from West Virginia University evaluating cliff dwelling trees, and a PhD from UVM where he was awarded the RSENR Outstanding Dissertation award for his work on Northeastern forest response to global change and adaptive silvicultural strategies. He is interested in seedling propagation and species restoration, having planted thousands of his favorite species throughout the region including red spruce, American chestnut, and northern red oak. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and rock climbing with his partner Amelia and their two herding dogs.


Contact Us

To contact NESAF, please email the appropriate member of our Board of Directors. General questions can be directed to our Chair or the website administrator at webadmin@nesaf.org.

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