Lincoln Fish named Massachusetts Forester of the Year

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

Fish has been a forester for Bay State Forestry Service 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.

“Linc is an outstanding forester who is very deserving of this award,” said Charlie Thompson, a board member for the 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 forestry community.”

The Howard F. Mason Forester of the Year Award is named for the well-known 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 Forest Alliance’s Annual Meeting in Greenfield on October 26.