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Four UMFK Forestry students inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honorary

April 20, 2004

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Four University of Maine at Fort Kent students enrolled in the forestry program were recently inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honorary by the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS).

Craig Caron of Fort Kent, Chad Day of Sherman Mills, Dave Steeves of Stellarton, Nova Scotia and Joshua Roy of Frenchville received the certificate and their names will be listed permanently within the honorary.

All four senior students have or will have completed their associate of science degree in forest technology by graduation day. Roy will also be completing his bachelor of science in business management.

The students must meet a certain criteria for the honor bestowed upon them, which includes holding a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in their overall studies and a minimum of a 3.3 grade point average in their forestry courses.

"This year's inductees have been outstanding students and are well deserving of this honor," said Jeff Dubis, assistant professor of forestry. "I am pleased that they are being recognized for their hard work and dedication, and I am confident that they will do very well in their future careers."

The forest technology program at UMFK is a conservation-oriented program that focuses on the wise use of forests as renewable resources. As the only forest technology program in Maine and one of only two in New England, with recognition by the Society of American Foresters, students are ensured of receiving the best education in this exciting career field.

CEFTS is an organization of North American Forest Technology schools consisting of approximately thirty members within the United States and Canada.

The council meets on an annual basis to discuss issues concerning forest technology, provides awards and scholarships to deserving forestry students and produces an annual newsletter with information on forestry technology and issues.