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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 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 7/10/2017

    Frederick County Forestry Board

    Minutes to the July 10, 2017 Meeting

    Those Present:  Tom Anderson, Dave Barrow, Claude Eans, Tyson Rose, Jim Arnold, Dawne Howard, Dave Hunter, Mike Kay


    1.      Claude called the meeting to order.   

    2.      Treasurer’s Report:  Claude noted that the Treasury has been decreasing ever since Frederick County has stopped providing the Board with their yearly stipend. Claude lead a discussion about the need to approach the County to return funding preferably to the $2,000/year level that we had been receiving after Frederick County mandated that the Frederick Board become involved in the Logging Permit process in Resource Conservation areas.  After much discussion it was decided that Tom and Dave Hunter will draft a letter to the County Council which overviews our services to the county mentioning that we will be applying for funding during the next fiscal cycle early next year. Tom and Dave should have a draft copy of the letter in hand for the September meeting so that Board members can review and we can develop a final version. We earned $.23 interest.


    3.      Logging site exams: Mike received 1 plan.  (Mike and Claude visited the site on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.) Mike explained the Board’s role in the timber approval process which initiated long discussion about the Board’s role in the permit process. We might want to revisit this discussion at a later meeting especially once we approach the County about funding. 

    4.      Big Tree Program: Claude mentioned that he visited the site of the large silver maple we measured back in 2015 to see if the landowners would be willing to sign a consent form to list their tree. The landowners signed the release and the tree was listed as a Frederick County Champion.  Claude and Steve also measured a large flowering dogwood which became a Maryland State champion. (It is also bigger than a lot of other state champion dogwoods.)  This dogwood has a massive crown spread and a split down the middle.  We discussed what to do about this; and, it was decided that we mention the split to the owners and recommend that they contact local arboricultural companies to have a representative come out and look at the tree.  In our humble opinion the tree would benefit by bracing and installing some cables. Claude volunteered to speak to the landowners about this. 

    5.      NRCC: The program will run from July 23 – 29, 2017.  Claude does not think that he can visit this year and Dawne still might be able to attend. 

    6.      Sustainability Commission: Tom distributed lightbulbs to those present.  Tom also mentioned that the Consultant’s Report was delivered and it stated that composting will reduce trash by 30% throughout the County.  Dave mentioned that a commercial composting company has already set up shop in Frederick County (Key City Composting). 

    7.      FFA Training/Competition: The set up for the competition will be on Thursday, July 13, 2017.  We will meet at the main office at Stronghold at 9:00 am.  The competition will be the next day. 

    8.      National Envirothon Training/Competition: To be held at Mt. St. Mary’s College and Seminary.  The training date for this program is scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2017.  Mike will forward the email he received regarding this event.  The event coordinators require that we preregister and provide our shirt size because all trainers will need to have an event tee shirt. 

    9.      Nature Notes:  Dawne, Tom, Mike have been contributing articles and we now have built up a backlog. 

    10.   Web Site: Tyson mentioned that the Web Site is up to date he posted information on the silver maple, and flowering dogwood Big Tree champions.

    11.  New Business:

    a.       Dave Barrow mentioned that the Sierra Club has a scholarship for high school students who are planning to major in the Biological or Environmental Sciences. We should encourage students to apply for this scholarship.

    b.      Dave Hunter invited Board members to attend a pot luck dinner at Catoctin Quaker Camp on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

    c.       Dawne mentioned that Fountain Rock Camp will be having a 30th Anniversary Celebration on August 30, 2017.  The program will be during the evening and is only open to adults.

    d.      Tom reminded everybody of the Thrashing Day Program.

    e.       Mike reminded everybody of the summer recess, as such there will be no meeting in August.

    Next Meeting:  The next business meeting of the Board will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Tea Room at Gambrill State Park. 

    Past Board Minutes

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