Local named 2016 Tree Farmer of Year

From left, Jonathon Tartt and his father Daniel Tartt, Jr. are honored by Rep. William R. “Bobby” Outten, and Rep. David L. Wilson with a proclamation recognizing Tartt as the 2016 Delaware Tree Farmer of the Year. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

From left, Jonathon Tartt and his father Daniel Tartt, Jr. are honored by Rep. William R. “Bobby” Outten, and Rep. David L. Wilson with a proclamation recognizing Tartt as the 2016 Delaware Tree Farmer of the Year. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

FELTON — Daniel J. Tartt, Jr. of Harrington was honored with the 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year Award by the Delaware Forestry Association (DFA) at their annual meeting at the Felton Fire Hall.

Mr. Tartt’s 46-acre property near Harrington has been a certified Tree Farm since 2003 and was recognized as a model of sustainable management and sound forest practices. The award was presented by Delaware Tree Farm Program director Dot Abbott and Chris Miller, Kent County service forester for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, who worked with him on his property’s woodland and wildlife management plans. Presenting a proclamation from the Delaware General Assembly were Reps. William R. “Bobby” Outten (R-30) and David L. Wilson (R-35).

“I’ve always wanted to be a forester,” Mr. Tartt said. “I told myself that one day when I get my own woods, I’m going to be a forester – I’m going to make my own woods and manage my own forest. I’ve got a combination of a wood management and wildlife plan. And now that I’ve been awarded Tree Farmer of the Year… well, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he told the audience.

From left, The Delaware Forest Service’s Kent County forester Chris Miller, 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year Daniel J. Tartt, Jr. of Harrington, State Rep. William R. “Bobby” Outten (R-30), and Dot Abbott, Delaware State Tree Farm Director at the annual Delaware Forestry Association meeting. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

From left, The Delaware Forest Service’s Kent County forester Chris Miller, 2016 Tree Farmer of the Year Daniel J. Tartt, Jr. of Harrington, State Rep. William R. “Bobby” Outten (R-30), and Dot Abbott, Delaware State Tree Farm Director at the annual Delaware Forestry Association meeting. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

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