Tom and Leslyn Jacobs were selected as the 2018 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. They own and manage 875 acres of woodland in Marinette and Oconto Counties since 1984. They follow their management plan and keep records of their practices. In addition to practicing sound forest management they have constructed and maintained a wooden bridge on Waupee Creek, built a cabin from 85% of lumber harvested off their own woods, maintain 38 acres of wildlife openings, 12 miles of property lines are identified and marked, established old growth stands, maintain bird houses and wildlife habitat and so much more.
Tom and Leslyn have been very active outside of managing their woodlands. Tom has been a member of the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee (WTFC) since 1988 and was Chair of the Committee from 2001 to 2008. Tom has served as treasurer of the WTFC since 2006. Tom & Leslyn have been a member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owner Association (WWOA) and the Phoenix Falls Chapter of WWOA since 2001. Both Tom and Leslyn partake in many WWOA Field Day events and Annual Conventions. Tom has been a WWOA Board of Directors since the fall of 2016 to the present. They both have attended five National Tree Farm Conventions and 9 Annual National Leadership Conventions. They are also members of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) since graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with Forestry degrees. Tom serves on the Wisconsin SAF Forestry Hall of Fame Committee since 2014. They have hosted numerous field days on their property and have assisted in planning for meetings and conventions.
As husband and wife, parents and as foresters; Tom and Leslyn have sustainably managed their Tree Farms by including their family when taking care of the forest land and also when it comes to enjoying the wildlife, forest habitats and outdoor recreation that their Tree Farms offer.
Tom & Leslyn started their own forestry consultant business in the early 1980's mainly because other private forest landowners "liked" the way they managed their lands. They enjoy helping and assisting others in practicing Sustainable Forestry. Their business "Tree & Trails Forestry Consultants, LLC" has assisted over 1,000 Family Forest landowners throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Many are repeat customers and have become "good friends".
The Jacobs plan to continue to be very much involved in Organizations that promote Forestry Education to Family Forest Landowners and the public, and remain active members of the American Tree Farm Program (State Wide & Nationally), the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and other various "Volunteer Organizations". They will continue to educate themselves in Sustainable Forestry by remaining members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Cooperating Forester Program and Tom will continue as a WDNR Certified Plan Writer, to enable themselves to better serve family, friends and others needing forestry assistance.
Congratulations to Tom and Leslyn on a well-deserved award.
Other Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year nominations and winners include:
- Chuck Pogorelcnik for Price and Portage Counties
- Ak (Soterios) and Nancy Lallas for Vernon County
- Leo Fisher for Monroe County
- Gerald and Jacquiline Guarnaccio for Crawford County
- Paul and Ann Drzewiecki for Shawano County