Board Members

Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board meeting 

Front row (left to right): Steve Thrasher (passed away), Tom Anderson, Keith Schoonover, Claude Eans, Ginny Brace (retired), and Mike Kay. 
Back row (left to right): Tyson Rose (retired), Heather Montgomery (retired), Jim Arnold, and Vince Perrotta. New members Dawne Howard, Dave Barrow and Lori Schoonover are not shown.


The staffing of Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board consist of an executive secretary (DNR forester for the district) and volunteers from the county that have showed interest in forestry and have been approved by the executive secretary and the state forester.  To contact a volunteer Board members use the Contact us link and include the name or names of the Board members in the subject line of your e-mail message. 

Michael Kay, Executive Secretary



Forester, Maryland Forest Service 
8602 Gambrill Park Road 
Frederick, MD 21702
MKAY@dnr.state.md.us 
301-473-8417, 301-473-8577 (FAX)


Mike Kay is the Executive Secretary of the Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board. He produces minutes with a certain flair. Mike is a Forester with the MD Forest Service with 25 years of experience working mostly in Frederick County. He received a B.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech. He is a Maryland Registered Professional Forester and is a Certified Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture.  Mike was named Tree Farm Inspector of the Year in 2014.

Volunteer Members

Keith Schoonover, Chair





Read about Keith in the Spotlight section


Vincent Perrotta, Vice Chair

With an education degree from the Univ. of MD in Industrial Technology and 30+ years of sales in veterinary, medical and electronics, Vincent joined the Board in 2013. Excited about spending as much time as possible outdoors in the woods, vineyard, and garden, he hopes to impart the same to others in the community. Vincent and his wife live at Worman's Mill in Frederick on property that has been deeded to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Claude Eans, Treasurer

Claude is retired and former owner of an electronic hardware and software systems and component business. Claude is a former Western Region Representative to the Maryland State Committee of the American Tree Farm System. Claude has had a Certified Tree Farm since 1986. He enjoys working on environmental and forestry related programs and issues. More information is avaiable about Claude in the Spotlight section and Tree Farmer of the Year. Claude may be contacted via oeans@hotmail.com.

Jim Arnold





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Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson has served on the Forestry Board for over 20 years, contributing with his experience as a former environmental scientist, including conducting evaluations of the use of trees for improving and maintaining the purity of our soil and water resources. Tom has completed training in the Maryland Forest Conservation Act and in Forest Management with the University of Maryland. In 2017 Tom earned a cybersecurity degree and pursuing a follow-on college program in computer science -information systems. Tom is a member of the Frederick County Sustainability Commission and operates a certified Tree Farm.  There is more information about Tom in the Spotlight Section.

Dawne Howard

Dawne is a lifelong resident of Frederick County. A graduate of Frederick High School attended the University of Maryland. She is employed at Maas Opticians. She is a Maryland Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist and a Master Naturalist facilitator for the intern programs. She is a certificated Maryland Association of Agriculture Fairs and Shows judge for flowers, vegetables, hays and grains at local and state agriculture exhibits and a lifetime member of the Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer. As an outdoor person, she is interested in managing our environment by educating the public about sustainable environmental practices and she wants to help young people investigate careers in forestry and related careers through the forestry board.

Dave Barrow, Webmaster

Dave retired from the federal government in 2012 and likes to stay busy. He and his wife Jan have maintained a state certified tree farm in Frederick County since 1996, reforesting 15 of their 17 acres. In 2017 he joined the Maryland Tree Farm Committee as the Western Region Tree Farm Representative. He is focused on developing riparian forest both on his property and with Stream-Link Education to improve water quality in the Catoctin and Monocacy watersheds. He has served as a Green Ambassador with Frederick County since 2009 helping county residents understand the process of going green as well as the financial benefit of it.  Read more about Dave and see drone video of there 2017 riprian forest planting in the Spotlight section.

Lori Schoonover, Nature Notes

Lori joined the Board in 2018 and is the wife of the Board Chair Keith Schoonover.  She coordinates the weekly Nature Notes between the Board and the Frederick News Post. Photo will be added soon.

Dave Hunter

David loves being outdoors in forests and natural settings and working with young people. He currently works for Baltimore Yearly Meetings Quaker summer camping programs as the camp property manager where he coordinates the management of nearly 1000 acres of primarily forested land in Maryland and Virginia. He has also worked as a camp director and school teacher. He is passionate about preserving forests and offering young people opportunities to understand the importance of forested land and sustainable land use to future generations. 

Bruce Phillips

My interest in trees started during the summer of 1964 when I was working for C.W. Stewart & Co. while at the Univ. of Md.  It was a summer job during the break and included selling bare root trees and shrubs door to door.  Sales included a free landscape design if you purchased the plant material.  Hard sell, but I learned a lot about design and plant material.  After graduating I took a job offer working for TREEMASTERS, a tree care company in the Washington D.C. metro area.  Here I cared for thousands of trees during my 12-year stay.

After seeing progress in the landscape industry, I changed careers and worked for Chapel Valley Landscape Co.  There I oversaw hundreds of commercial job sites and scheduled the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs over a 15-year period.  Wanting to know more about trees in the nursery, I changed companies and worked for J.H. Burton & Sons, a nursery, garden center, and landscape company.  There I sold thousands of trees and shrubs to the commercial industry as well as to the private sector.  This rounded out my knowledge of growing and caring for trees and other plant material.

Staying with my interest in trees, I purchased TREEMASTERS after the owner decided to retire.  This is the same company I worked for after college.  After expanding the company to 40 employees, we had four arborist providing tree care in the Baltimore, Washington D.C., Virginia areas.  During this 12-year period we cared for many commercial and residential properties with magnificent trees.  While working in the tree and landscape industries, I also planted hundreds of trees and shrubs on my own property’s.  Trees have been part of my life for the past fifty years and will always be part of my family.    

Now in retirement I've decided to stay involved in the forest by volunteering on the Forest Conservancy District Board in Frederick County.

Bethany Dellagnello

Bethany was born and raised in rural Kentucky and wandered farm field and forest at an early age, determined by age 10 to become the next Euell Gibbons, her exalted idol. Boxes of nature artifacts, rocks, seed pods and bones accumulated under her bed until her mother insisted that she toss them out. Many Grape-nuts were eaten. She went on to get a BS in Evolutionary Zoology followed by graduate work to earn her teaching credentials. She taught middle and high school science for 23 years in both Kentucky and Maryland, she sponsored various science and ecology clubs through the years, trying to inspire young people to love science, nature and the outdoors. After retiring, she began teaching a “Nature Walking 101” class as part of the continuing education program at Frederick Community College where she learned that retired folks are the very best students. She is also an educator for the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s “Bridging the Watershed” program, leading field trips for students of all ages in our national parks. During her classes for this program, kids participate in activities that teach them about watersheds, water quality and ecology. After finding and nominating her first “Big Tree” for the Maryland Big Tree Program, Bethany was hooked on Big Tree Hunting and eagerly joined the forestry board of Frederick County!

Awards

MEL award

The MEL Award is given by the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards each year for volunteering years of outstanding service and dedication that exemplifies what it means to be an active forestry board member.

2017 MEL Award Tyson Rose

Tyson Rose and Keith Schoonover

Tree Farmer of the Year

Forester Mike Kay (left) presents the Tree 
Farmer of the Year award to Claude Eans
(Photo by Jim Arnold) 

2014 Tree Farmer of the Year award

In recent years Claude and Pilars Eans have worked to thin out their pine stand, control invasive species, plant trees, and clean up after Super Storm Sandy.  In addition to the work on the Tree Farm Mr. Eans is very active in the Board as the Treasurer and measuring trees for the Big Tree Program

Tree Farm Ienspector of the Year

 
Maryland Tree Farm committee members and 
DNR Forester 2014 Tree Farm Inspector of the Year
(Photo by Dave Gailey)

Maryland to distribute Redbud tree seedlings to Maryland House and Senate personnel to celebrate Arbor Day, April 2nd, 2014. In addition Tree Farm and Maryland State Appreciation certificates were presented in the House Chamber to Richard and Kathy Abend, Maryland Tree Farmers of the Year by Delegate Eckhardt. In the Senate Chamber, Tree Farm Inspector of the Year certificate was presented to DNR Forester Mike Kay by Senator Brinkley.  

Board member in the Spotlight

FCFCDB Chair interviewed by the Frederick News-Post

FCFCDB Chair Keith Schoonover 
(Photo by Bill Green)

Chair Keith Schoonover of the Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Boarad and owner of a sawmill that sits on an old dairy farm near Jefferson was recently interviewd by the Fredeick News-Post. Over the years, Keith has built a reputation as someone who likes trees and knows what to do with them. Now, many tree removal companies and other people in the area call Schoonover when they come across a big piece of timber in danger of ending up on the burn pile.

Read the full Frederick News-Post article entitled  "Sawmill owner puts trees on display"

Pilar & Claude Eans in the News

Interviewed by Frederick News Post (October 6, 2013)
The Frederick news post recently interviewed Claude and his wife in an article entitled  Tree farmer cultivates beauty among diversity.

Tree Farm Update (April 30, 2013)
The Eans have created another update on their on-going tree farm activity. Use the link below to view their progress to date. 

Tom Anderson discusses solar energy


FCFCDB Member Tom Anderson appeared in the July 30, 2017 Frederick New-Post article Frederick County Solar COOP turns on 272 KWH of Power

David & Jan Barrow Plant Riprain Forest

David & Jan Barrow have been in the Tree Farm program since 1996.  In November 2016 they decided to plant one of the remaining portions of there property which is in a flood plain creating a riprian forest.  The planting was done with a grant from Health Forest Healthy Water.

Photo courtesy of the Frederick News Post.
   
Read the article in the Frederick News Post Rebuilding a forest: Couple replant decades of lost trees near Myersville

Watch Drone Video to see the tree planting from above. 

Update April 2018
When this article was written, the Barrow's thought they wouldn't have any area's left to reforest, however when the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle came through last summer they lost hundreds of white and green ash trees.  With the help of several friends, they removed nearly 200 dead trees over the winter and replanted 400 new seedling in April 2018.  They now have reforested 15 of their 17 acres.