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Board members

Attendees of a recent Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board meeting  October 2012
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. 

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

Tom Anderson, Treasurer
Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson currently serves as Treasurer of the Frederick County Forestry Board, working with grants and other funding arrangements to enhance sustainable forest management in Frederick County.  As a career environmental scientist, Tom has worked with a wide range of environmental projects, including evaluating 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.

Jim Arnold
profile pending
Claude Eans
Claude Eans
Claude is now retired and a former owner of an electronic  hardware and software systems and component business .  Claude is currently the 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 in Braddock Heights on property that has been deeded to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Charles Tyson Rose

Tyson Rose
As Acting 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. 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.

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.

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 Briefs - meeting minutes 5/8/2017

    Frederick County Forestry Board

    Minutes to the May 8, 2017 Meeting

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


    This was a busy day for Forestry Board members; and, action packed. From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm most members participated in a forest inventory dry run training to prepare for the program we will provide Frederick County FFA team members. This training is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Gambrill State Park. In addition, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm Board members greeted and interviewed two applicants for NRCC camp, Mr. Rhett Butler and Ms. Elizabeth Haney. We were able to sustain this frantic pace by feasting on pizza, brownies, and a choice between Coke, Sprite, and seltzer water. Finally, following the interviews the Board sat down for its monthly business meeting…

    1.      Keith called the meeting to order.   

    2.      Treasurer’s Report:  Claude indicated that he deposited a number of checks for the upcoming Pesticide Refresher course and wrote some checks to cover the MUCFC Grant for the tree planting in Thurmont, and for tonight’s dinner. 

    3.      Logging site exams: Mike indicated that no plans were received prior to the meeting. 

    4.      NRCC:  We discussed the recently completed interviews and decided that both students would make excellent representatives and voted to send both to camp. Mike will notify students of their acceptance.  We also discussed the questions developed for the interviews and decided that it is a good idea to have some standard questions so as to foster conversation and get the student talking. We don’t necessarily have to pose each question though, they can serve as a guide.  We also discussed the camp journal we asked both students to submit.  We are hoping that the students can take a couple photos with their smart phones or digital camera to enhance these narratives. 

    5.      Thurmont Tree Planting:  Tom, Steve, Claude, and Mike attended a planting at Thurmont Town Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017. (Earth Day.)   We assisted volunteers with the planting of 50 containerized trees throughout the park.  The City of Thurmont is replanting a number of trees in order to mitigate the loss of ash trees from emerald ash borer.  Thurmont is also trying to keep some ash alive by controlling the eab with insecticide injection. Claude took some photos and put together an article for the web site.  

    6.      Nature Notes:  Lori mentioned that Karen Gardner is no longer the Editor in charge of Nature Notes.  We are now working with Sue Gwynn who was the previous Editor before Karen took over. Lori mentioned that she is getting low on articles and would appreciate getting some more content. Lori suggested that we take some photos of the Saturday FFA Training and develop a Nature Notes article. 

    7.       Web Site: Tyson mentioned that the Web Site is up to date.  

    8.      Sustainability Commission:  Tom indicated that the Sustainability Commission is going to participate in the Frederick County Green Fest on May 20, 21.  The Commission will have a booth at the event that Tom will help staff.  Tom overviewed some new LED light bulbs now on the market and why they are superior to the older versions.  Tom provided each member with a sample LED bulb. 

    9.      After a brief pause to catch our breath somebody made a motion to adjourn which was seconded and we made like a banana and split. (After cleaning up Tea Room of course.) 

    10.  Next Meeting:  The next business meeting of the Board will be Monday, June 12, 2017. 

    Past Board Minutes

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