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September 23, 2011


Stephen P. Wipperman, a forest ranger with the Fire Control Division of the Maine Forest Service, and a 2001 graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, was awarded the Graduate Forest Technician Achievement Award by the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS) at its annual meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, last month.

Nominations came from CEFTS member schools in recognition of exceptional professional accomplishments and service. Wipperman was recommended by UMFK Professor of Forestry & Environmental, Dave Hobbins, for his dedication, hard work, and high ethical standards.
Wipperman, a Presque Isle, Maine resident, began working for the Maine Forest Service in December of 1995. In 1977, he enrolled part-time at UMFK to improve his education and to aid in his work in enforcing the Maine Forest Practices Act. He completed his degree requirements and graduated in 2001 with an associate of science in Forest Technology. 
As difficult as it is to complete the Forest Technology course work, Wipperman did so while continuing to work full-time as a forest ranger. His regional ranger, Bill Greaves, described him as a hard worker, who has a reputation for trying to do good every day. He is considered a dedicated employee, and extremely enthusiastic about his job.
CEFTS was founded in 1976 by a small group of forest technology instructors. Since then, its membership has grown to include 15 academic institutions across the eastern United States and Canada.
CEFTS was founded with the overall goal of improving the quality of Forest Technician education. Specifically, CEFTS seeks to achieve this goal by:
·         facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among members
·         fostering productive relationships between academic institutions and individual   
·         promoting consistency and academic integrity among the member institutions,  
·         representing the interests of its members to the Society of American Foresters
For further information about CEFTS, visit them on the web at: