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Mississippi tree farmers recognized for regional award

JACKSON, Miss.- The American Tree Farm System has announced that a Mississippi man is one of the four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. 

Bobby Watkins of Mississippi was recognized for the award this year. He is joined by the Eve-Cowles family of Massachusetts; Gerald and Charolette Kann of Wisconsin; and Lyle and Dean Degrees of Oregon.

They were among more than 74,000 tree farmers up for the award according to a press release by the ATFS.

“Tree Farmers, while private owners, provide vast benefits for all Americans nationwide, ensuring their forests are producing the resources we all count on: clean drinking water, home for our wildlife and the sustainable wood supplies that become the products we use on a daily bases,” said Tom Martin, president and CEO of The American Forest Foundation. This organization overseas ATFS.

One of these four finalists will be nominated and chosen as the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.

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