Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust honored by Forest Stewardship Council

RANGELEY – Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s most trusted forest certification system, announced its 2019 FSC Leadership Awards recipients in a celebration held recently at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. The award recognizes an enduring commitment to forest conservation, highlighting uncommon excellence that advances responsible forest management.
Recognized for using their FSC certification to balance economic development and recreation with responsible, sustainable forest management, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is a proud recipient of the 2019 Leadership Award.
“We are honored to be recognized for sustainable forest stewardship practices,” noted Shelby Rousseau, RLHT’s director of stewardship. “Since our initial FSC certification in 2009, the Trust to Conserve the Northeast Forestland has been our third party FSC group certificate holder, and since 2015, the Seven Islands Land Company has been our forestland manager. We are fortunate to have such experienced and committed partners.
Both TCNEF and Seven Islands Land Company also accepted awards for their commitment to forest conservation, climate change solutions, wildlife habitat protection and long-term commitment to certification that ensures these focuses. “Our work together places RLHT among the most innovative land trusts in Maine, and we are honored to receive this recognition, Rousseau said.

PHOTO: RLHT’s Forester, Nathan Kay, of Seven Islands, stands with Shelby Rousseau, deputy director. (Submitted photo)