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Board members

Attendees of a Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board meeting       
Front row (left to right): Steve Thrasher, Tom Anderson, Keith Schoonover,  Claude Eans, Ginny Brace (retired), and Mike Kay.
Back row  (left to right): Tyson Rose, Heather Montgomery (retired), Jim Arnold,  and Vince Perrotta. New members Dawne Howard and Dave Barrow are not shown.

Listed below are the 2010 Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board members. Contact information for the Executive Secretary is included. To contact other FCFB members use the Contact us link and include the name or names of the FCFB members in the subject line of your e-mail message.

Executive Secretary

Michael Kay

             Forester, Maryland Forest Service
8602 Gambrill Park Road
Frederick, MD 21702
301-473-8417, 301-473-8577 (FAX)

Mike Kay is the Executive Secretary of the Frederick Forestry board. He tries to produce accurate minutes with certain flair. Mike is a Forester with the MD Forest Service with 25 years experience working mostly in Frederick County. He received a B.S. in Forestry from Virginia Tech. He is a MD Registered Professional Forester and is a Certified Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture. 

Volunteer Members

Keith Schoonover, Chair

   profile pending

Jim Arnold

profile pending

Steve  Thrasher

Retired from AT&T with over 30 years of service.  Own & manage a farm in Frederick County.  Member of Frederick County Farm Bureau & a participant in CREP program.  Enjoy outdoors, machinery & woodworking.
Steve received the 2015 MEL from the Maryland Association of Forest Conservation District Boards for volunteering years of service as an active forestry board member.

Tom Anderson
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 is currently starting work as understudy with the Forestry Board Webmaster while 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. 

Charles Tyson Rose
Tyson Rose
As Webmaster Tyson Rose created and maintains the Frederick County Forestry Board Web site ever since he joined the board in 2008. He has completed the  Maryland Department of  Natural Resources (DNR) Coverts Project training, the Forestry 101 course offered by the FCFB, the DNR sponsored Forestry GPS training, and attended Maryland State Forestry Board meetings. Now retired from IBM he lives at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain on property enrolled in the Forest Sewardship Program. He received a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a  Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Tyson received the 2017 MEL from the Maryland Association of Forest Conservation District Boards for volunteering years of service as an active forestry board member. 

Claude Eans, Treasurer
Claude Eans
Claude is now retired and a 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. Claude may be contacted via

Vincent Perrotta

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 iWorman's Mill in Frederick on property that has been deeded to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Dawne Howard 
Dawne is a lifelong resident of Frederick County. 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 also a life time member of the Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer.  As an out-door 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

Dave retired from the federal government in 2012 and likes to stay busy.  He and his wife 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.  Dave is also focused on the environment and energy efficiency.  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.  He is also a member of the Sierra Club and volunteers with many other environmental groups.

Board Member in the Spotlight

  • FCFB President interviewed by the Frederick News-Post

FCFB President Keith Schoonover (Photo by Bill Green)
President Keith Schoonover of the Frederick County Forestry 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".  
  • Update (4/30/2013)
  • Pilar & Claude Eans have created another update on their on-going tree farm activity. Use the link below to view their progress to date. 

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

    • Board Member Tom Anderson discusses solar energy

    Frederick County Forestry Board member Tom Anderson appeared in the July 30, 2017 Frederick New-Post article on solar energy.
    Tom Anderson

    To read the article on Tom's efforts to save energy savings at his home use the following link. 


    Board Briefs - meeting minutes 11/13/2017

    Those Present: Dawne Howard, Tom Anderson, Dave Barrow, Claude Eans, Tyson Rose, Dave Hunter, Keith Schoonover, Lori Schoonover, Vince Perrotta, Mike Kay

    1. Keith called the meeting to order.

    2. Membership: Keith presented Dave Barrow with his Certificate of Membership to the Board. Congratulations Dave! Lori submitted her application for membership. Mike and Keith signed and the application will be sent to the Regional Forester for his approval.

    3. Treasurer’s Report: Claude mentioned that he received $2,500 from MUCFC for two ongoing projects (Thurmont, Emmitsburg) and he submitted a check for $1170 to the City of Thurmont to cover the expense of trees used in the Saturday, November 4, 2017 planting. Claude also sent a $330 check back to MUCFC for funds that were not spent during the 2016 planting in Thurmont. We received $.31 interest last month.

    4. Logging site exams: Three plans were received during the month. Board members noticed that the plan submitted by Walter Weaber Company had no landowner signature. We determined that we would not visit this site until we received a landowner signed copy of the plan. (Mike will inform the Weaber Forester.) Plans were made to conduct the reviews on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Dave Barrow plans to meet Mike at Gambrill at 8:00 am.

    5. Landowner Easement Educational program: We submitted an application for $2,210 to the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro Ecology for the Landowner Easement program we are planning to conduct next spring. The initial screening of applications will be Monday, November 20, 2017. If our request survives the first screening we may have to go before a panel for final review sometime between January 3 – January 25th .

    6. Thurmont Tree Planting: Steve, Dave, Dave, Tom, and Keith assisted with this tree planting on Saturday, November 4, 2017. We had a good crowd on hand, the weather was ideal, and we were able to plant 40 trees within a 2 hour time frame despite the rocky ground. (Some digging of rocks was required.) Most of us repaired to Mountain Gate for brunch following the planting. Plenty of pie to go around!

    7. Sustainability Commission: Tom mentioned that nominations for Sustainability awards are being sought. There are many categories to choose from. Nominations are open until December 31, 2017. Please visit the web site for more information.

    8. National FFA Training/Competition: The Middletown Team placed 20th out of 40 teams that had registered. The team from Georgia won by a wide margin. Team Coach Mark Spurrier thinks that Team Middletown has a very good chance of returning to the Finals and placing much higher now that he has one year’s experience with the program under his belt, and that most team members will be returning. It is likely that Stronghold, Inc. will host the State Finals competition once again in 2018.

    9. Nature Notes: Lori mentioned that she still has a pretty good backlog of articles and she sent Sue Gwynn two time sensitive articles by Dawne and Mike. Dawne’s November Plant Tips column ran last Sunday.

    9. Nature Notes: Lori mentioned that she still has a pretty good backlog of articles and she sent Sue Gwynn two time sensitive articles by Dawne and Mike. Dawne’s November Plant Tips column ran last Sunday.

    9. Nature Notes: Lori mentioned that she still has a pretty good backlog of articles and she sent Sue Gwynn two time sensitive articles by Dawne and Mike. Dawne’s November Plant Tips column ran last Sunday.

    10. Web Site: Tyson mentioned that the Web Site is up to date. Lori took photos of Dave Barrow and Dawne to send to Tyson to be acknowledged as new members on the web page.

    11. New Business:

    a. Dave Barrow mentioned that the Stream Link - Education group is looking for used shelters and stakes for ongoing tree plantings. Please notify Dave if you have any to donate. Dave mentioned that the group planted 2,400 trees this fall. This group plants trees and educates the public on the importance of establishing riparian forest buffers.

    b. Mike asked Board members to consider holding a Dinner Meeting for the December Meeting. After some discussion, Tom volunteered to visit Golden Corral to see if we could utilize the meeting room for this meeting. Most thought that we should plan to arrive for the meeting at 6:30 pm.

    12. Next Meeting: The next business meeting of the Board will be Monday, December 11, 2017. The location of the meeting is to be determined.

    Past Board Minutes 
    Starting with May 2008 past Board minutes are available as a PDF file via the following link: Past Board Minutes