Financial sponsors of the event included Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association, Indiana Hardwood Specialists in Spencer, Kirkham Hardwoods in Terre Haute, Loggers, Inc., in Clay City, Pike Lumber Company in Carbon, and Pingleton Sawmill, Inc., in Greencastle.
Close to 50 people gathered at the Walden Inn in Greencastle, March 7, to honor woodland owners in the Sycamore Trails service area of west central Indiana.
Forestry Committee chair Jeremiah Lemmons served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Jim Steen of Pike Lumber Company was the keynote speaker, discussing forecasts for forest market products.
The Outstanding Woodland Owner award was presented to Everett and Phyllis Ballentine, who own woods in Sullivan County near Graysville. They are members of the Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association, the Walnut Council, Indiana Tree Farm, and have been active on the Sycamore Trails RC&D Forestry Committee since its inception nearly 40 years ago.
The Chairman's Award was presented to Raoul Moore of Montgomery County for his service and dedication to the Sycamore Trails RC&D Forestry Committee and Indiana's natural resources.
Moore also serves on Sycamore Trails' board of directors, its Ouabache Land Conservancy Group, the Invasive Plants Committee and is currently secretary of the Indiana League of RC&D Councils.
A special memorial tribute to Bob Koenig was given by IDNR District Forester Allen Royer.
Royer trained under Koenig and considered him a "best friend."
Koenig worked for IDNR Division of Forestry for many years and helped get the Sycamore Trails Forestry Committee off the ground.
In consideration of Koenig's long-standing participation in the committee, the family established a memorial fund for the committee in his honor.
The Forestry Committee is only one of several groups under Sycamore Trails RC&D.
For more information on the activities and projects of Sycamore Trails, visit the website at www.sycamoretrails.org or contact them by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 1-765-653-9785.
Sycamore Trails RC&D is a non-profit organization serving Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.