Lincoln Fish recognized as Forester Of The Year

  • Bruce Mason, left, and Derrick Mason, sons of Howard Mason, presented the Howard F. Mason Forester of the Year 2019 award to Lincoln Fish.

Published: 11/6/2019 9:31:23 PM

ATHOL — Lincoln Fish was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Forest Alliance as the Howard F. Mason Forester of the Year for 2019.

Fish, of Williamsburg, has been a forester for Bay State Forestry Service, 2342 Main St., in Athol, for nearly 40 years, focusing on invasive plant management. He has a long record of accomplishments in the forestry community, including chairing the Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board and helping found the Hilltown Land Trust.

“Link is an outstanding forester who is very deserving of this award,” said Charlie Thompson, a board member for the Massachusetts Forest Alliance, who presented the award. “He has the ability to clearly explain complex forest management practices to landowners and others, is an expert in control of invasive species, and has a long history of leadership in the industry.”

The Howard F. Mason Forester of the Year Award is in its inaugural year. The Massachusetts Forest Alliance named the award for a pioneering forester from Russell who passed away in 2008. The award is presented to a forester who exemplifies Howard Mason’s legacy of mentoring, leadership, and excellence in forestry. Mason’s sons, Derrick and Bruce, presented Fish with the award at the Massachusetts Forest Alliance Annual Meeting in Greenfield on Oct. 26.

The Massachusetts Forest Alliance represents forest landowners, foresters, timber harvesters, and forest products companies and advocates for a strong, sustainable forest economy.

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