WSWHE BOCES Environmental Conservation and Forestry Teacher Dennis Flynn was recently honored by the New York Society of American Foresters (NYSAF) for his outstanding accomplishments in forest education, which have increased the understanding and appreciation of forest resources.
"Dennis has worked tirelessly in Forestry and Environmental Education," said Dick Cipperly, founder of North Country Forestry and member of the NY Society of American Forester, at the organization's Annual Winter Meeting. "Dennis actually goes far beyond his employment requirements as a BOCES instructor to help students, logging contractors, forestry professionals and the public gain a greater understanding of our profession and our contribution to society in general."
The wooden plaque presented to Flynn recognizes his longtime efforts to educate young people, and the public at large, about forest management and the full spectrum of forest values and benefits.
"For years, Dennis has worked with the ESFPA [Empire State Forest Products Association] in participating in the Legislator’s Day, tours for area legislators and the like," said Cipperly. "For over a decade, Dennis has been an area chair for American Tree Farm System and an annual participant in local Fair Exhibits with NYFOA, BOCES and FFA.”
Flynn started teaching in 2005, after his high school instructor at the Myers Education Center suggested he apply for the position. The two-year Conservation program he teaches aligns with NYSAF's programs in silviculture, forest management, woods safety, forest land usage, forest protection, fish and wildlife management, forest recreation, trends in urban forestry, and current and emerging environmental conservation issues.
"Students who enter the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program have some of the same interests as I did when I was their age," said Flynn, in an article in New York Forester magazine. "Teaching the program allows me to share my knowledge and experience with my students."
Prior to teaching at WSWHE BOCES, Flynn was a field forester with Adirondack Forest, Inc., which was then purchased by Fountain Forestry, Inc. Flynn continued to work with Fountain Forestry in its Lake George office until he came to BOCES.
Flynn relies on his own education, his prior work experience, and at least a dozen trade journals to keep his course material current and relevant. He is also active in several professional associations (such as NYSAF, EFSPA, American Tree Farm System, Quality Deer Management, Game of Logging, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and SkillsUSA) in order to gain knowledge from other professionals in the industry.
"We would like to congratulate Dennis on this tremendous award," said F. Donald Myers Education Center Principal Jim Christopher. "We are proud to have him as a member of the Myers Learning Community."