Delmar forester receives national award
Steve Ditmer, “volunteer” inspecting forester for the Delaware Tree Farm Program and area forester for Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company, Salisbury, is the 2003 National Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. Honors were recently extended at the 10th annual American Tree Farm Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
Ditmer was one of more than 10,000 candidates selected nationwide to compete this year’s award. He was also named the 2003 Northeast Regional Tree Farm Inspector of the Year.
Ditmer resides in Delmar, Del., and has been a volunteer inspecting forester for the Delaware Tree Farm Program since 1990. Over those year, he also helped manage the program in Delaware by serving as chairman for five years. He currently is the vice chairman of the planning committee.
In the past year, Ditmer certified three new tree farms in Delaware and completed more than 18 re-inspections, bringing him to a total of more than 75 re-inspections over the past 13 years. Certified properties are audited and re-inspected every five years by an inspecting forester and the landowner.
Since 1999, Ditmer has coordinated the Delaware Tree Farm Program’s silent auction at the annual Delaware Forestry Association’s banquet, raising funds to support program outreach and helping to promote the tree farm mission.
He was instrumental in securing grant funds from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, on behalf of the Tree Farm Program, to provide educational material for various forums. The Delaware Tree Farm Program exhibit is a permanent fixture at the Delaware State Fair due to his persistence.
He is qualified as a train-the-trainer in the tree farm inspection program. Due to his efforts in writing and fieldwork, Delaware’s nominee to the 2002 Northeast Tree Farmer of the Year award was selected for that honor.
He is a member of the board of directors for the Delaware Forestry Association and was instrumental over the past few years in representing the association and the Delaware Tree Farm Program in state legislative decisions.
He continues to foster forestry education through his membership with the Society of American Foresters and involvement with forest management classes at local colleges and schools.
Delmar’s Patriotic Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. It will be followed by the Carnival of Lights at 7 p.m. at State Street Park.
There will be pony rides, fire truck rides, refreshments, crafts, games, a visit from Santa and much more. Bring a non-perishable food item to help the needy families in the area.For more information call 302-846-3964.
Applications for the parade can be picked up at the Town Hall or at Cookie Bouquet in the State Line Plaza. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 30.