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story.lead_photo.caption Fulton native Dr. Joe Davis was recently recognized as a regional tree farmer of the year and was selected to serve as the chairman of the Missouri Tree Farm Committee. Photo by Paula Tredway / Fulton Sun.

William Woods University Professor of Education Dr. Joe Davis was recognized as a regional tree farmer of the year as well as being selected to serve the chairman of the Missouri Tree Farm Committee.

Davis is a fifth generation Callawegian and a current member of the Fulton Public Schools Board of Education. He along with his wife and three young sons live on 80-acres of property in Callaway County.

"Like many landowners in Callaway County," Davis said. "I care a lot about taking care of our property, and am excited for the opportunity to share the benefits of the Missouri Tree Farm program with other families in the area."

The Missouri Tree Farm program, which is advised by the Missouri Department of Conservation's Forestry Division and administered by the Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri, provides support and resources to woodland owners who are committed to sustainably managing their woods for wood, water, wildlife and recreation.

"I first learned about the Missouri Tree Farm Program when working with a forester to develop a land management plan for our property," Davis said.

There are many benefits to enrolling in programs such as Missouri Tree Farm. Since becoming part of the Missouri Tree Farm and Missouri Managed Woods Program, Davis has conducted a timber sale, multiple timber stand improvement (TSI) projects and developed a small walnut plantation.

"The best part of learning more about forest management has been sharing what I learn with my family," said Davis. "Now, when I take a walk in the woods with my kids we have a better understanding of the things around us."

Davis plans to continue learning about best management practices and is excited for the opportunity to connect with other passionate woodland owners as the newly elected chairman of the Missouri Tree Farm Committee. He would also like the opportunity as a school board member to share some of his information with local students, such as taking in wood rounds to the schools and teaching them how to count wood rings.

For more information about the Missouri Tree Farm Program, visit www.treefarmsystem.org/missouri.

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