Greenfield’s Hunter Carbee named Outstanding Forester of the Year

  • Hunter Carbee. Courtesy photo

Published: 9/3/2021 11:52:36 AM

Forester Hunter Carbee was recently awarded the New Hampshire “Outstanding Forester of the Year” for 2021. The award recognizes a New Hampshire forester for outstanding contributions to the field of forestry and for practicing forestry at a very high level.

Carbee began his lengthy career stacking lumber at the age of 19 for Jaffrey based Monadnock Forest Products. When his boss took him to an active logging job he saw a skidder hauling a large white pine log, and said “that’s what I want to do.”

He started chopping wood for D.H. Hardwick and Sons, a logging company from Francestown, in 1977. Ten years later he was working on the side of Mount Kearsarge when a tree, taken by the wind, fractured his pelvis and dislocated his spine. He was rescued by other loggers on the job, who carried him out of the woods and drove him the 30 miles to Concord Hospital in the back of a pick-up truck.

He remained in traction for seven-weeks. It took him several additional months before he was able to walk again. Doctors advised him against resuming the physically arduous life of logging, but working in the woods was in his blood.

Undaunted, he began forestry classes at the UNH Thompson School of Applied Science in 1988, graduating from the two year school in 1990. He transferred to the four year forestry program where he graduated in 1992.

Carbee was offered a position with Forest Resource Consultants in Rumney, working with other foresters managing 50,000 acres of woodlands.

After seven stimulating years, Carbee’s career took a different direction when he accepted the position as Program Director with the New Hampshire Timberland Owner’s Association (NHTOA). In that position, he was responsible for the planning and implementation of NH’s Professional Loggers Program, which quickly became one of the most effective and respected logger training programs in the country.

He also assisted with NHTOA forest advocacy efforts which prepared him for several years as the Granite State Division of the Society of American Forester’s policy chair.

In 2006, Carbee headed back into the woods coordinating the wood chip supply for two biomass energy facilities in the North Country. Working with over 50 logging contractors, he would deliver an average of 10,000 truckloads of chips per year to the power plants.

Carbee has served on the NH Project Learning Tree Board of Directors; he was chair of the Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters as well as the Policy Chair; and he served on the steering committee that wrote Best Management Practices; co-authored Forest Products Road Manual: A Handbook for Municipal Officials and the Forest Products Industry.

In 2004, he was the recipient of the Northeastern Logger’s Association “Outstanding Contributions to Forest Industry Education Award” and in 2008, the NHTOA “Outstanding Forest Activist Award.”

He lives with his partner Marcia on his family Christmas Tree Farm in Greenfield.


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