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FEATURE

ANNUAL MEETING

CELEBRATING THE

BEST

THE AWARDS BREAKFAST at the Association's Annual Meeting is a favorite tradition for many.
Members gather each year to honor the industry's best and brightest and to recognize their efforts in award-winning forestry.

From left: Jesse, Lynsi, Jax, Jimmy and Kathy Bielling

SILVICULTURE
CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Bielling Site Prep & Reforestation
Providence, FL

FLORIDA'S OUTSTANDING
LOGGER OF THE YEAR
D&S Griffis Timber, Inc.
Live Oak, FL.
David Griffis started his own business
in 1996 as a two-man crew; his son Sam
joined him in 2004. As the business continued to grow, father and son became"
D&S Griffis Timber, Inc." in 2011.
The business operation has grown
with every aspect of logging, including
new equipment and semi-trucks, noted
Griffis. Production is at an all-time high.
"The Griffis family should be very proud
of what they have accomplished," said
Shelby. "Logging has always been a family
tradition for them, and they have excelled."

A graduate of the School of Business
at Florida State University, Jimmy Bielling
has worked in agriculture for the past
45 years. Today, in addition to working
as a silviculture contractor in the forest
industry, he grows timber, raises cattle
and produces Tabasco Peppers for the
McIlhenny family.
"Jimmy is an excellent example of the
high caliber of people who work in the
forest industry," said Alan Shelby, executive vice president of the Florida Forestry
Association. "Site preparation and reforestation are vital to sustainability, as are
people like Jimmy who are willing to put
in the long, hard hours it takes to get the
job done right."
Bielling is a member of the Providence
Village Baptist Church and is active in his

local community. He is also a Realtor and
Broker of Land and Homes, a real estate
brokerage in Providence.
A strong advocate for the forest
industry, Bielling serves as chair of the
Association's political action committee
(TREEPAC), is active in the Association's
Regional Political Action Group for
his area and participates each year in
Forestry Day at the Capital in Tallahassee
and other federal events.
He and his wife, Kathy, live on the family farm in Providence. Their son, Jesse
R. Bielling, IV, his wife Lynsi Bielling and
their son, Jesse R. "Jax" Bielling, V, also
live in Union County, a few minutes from
the farm in Providence. Bielling also has
a daughter, Betty Rees Bielling, who lives
in Jacksonville, FL.

OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER
OF THE YEAR
John and Alison Nash
Osceola Pines/Levy County, FL
The Nashes purchased Osceola Pines,
a partially clear cut timber farm in Levy
County, in 2002. Having very little knowledge and background in the timber
industry and wildlife management, the
Nashes leaned on the professional advice
of the Florida Forestry Association members, Florida Forest Service, National
Wild Turkey Federation and University
of Florida/IFAS. Together, a comprehenFrom left: Anne Lynne, Virginia Lee, John and
sive timber and wildlife management plan
Allison Nash
has been implemented and is continuously
revised and updated for the changing environment.
"We intend on continuing to be good stewards of their land," said Allison
Nash. "Relying on timber income (from the property), we plan on enjoying
future family holidays, hunting trips and creating a legacy to pass down to
future generations."
"The forest industry was built by private landowners and retains strong roots in
family ownership to this day," said Shelby. "The Nashes and Osceola Pines are an
excellent example of how traditional family values continue to thrive in forestry."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017

Executive Outlook
President’s Message
Forestry’s Economic Impact on Florida
Serving Floridians Through Wildfires and Storms
A Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests
Celebrating the Best in Forestry
Annual Meeting 2017
Log a Load for Kids Makes a Million!
Snapshots
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Ads/ advertisers.com
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Executive Outlook
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - President’s Message
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 8
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Forestry’s Economic Impact on Florida
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Serving Floridians Through Wildfires and Storms
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 12
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 14
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - A Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Celebrating the Best in Forestry
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Annual Meeting 2017
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 21
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 22
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Log a Load for Kids Makes a Million!
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Snapshots
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 25
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 26
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 27
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 29
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Ads/ advertisers.com
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