CONCORD, N.H. --The Board of Trustees of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is pleased to announce that it has selected Jack Savage of Middleton, New Hampshire, as the organization's fifth President. Savage will succeed Jane A. Difley upon her retirement on September 30, 2019. Savage has served as the Forest Society's Vice President of Communications/Outreach since 2005.
"After a comprehensive nationwide search, the Board of Trustees is pleased to find the best individual to lead the Forest Society right here at the Conservation Center," said Deanna Howard, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "Jack is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates. He has a successful track record of leadership and bottom-line responsibility in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. The Board found Jack's knowledge of New Hampshire, vision for our organization, and deep commitment to the mission of the Forest Society contagious. We look forward to working with Jack and guiding the future success of the Forest Society under his leadership."
Savage has been a key contributor to many of the Forest Society's successes over the last decade, including the defeat of the Northern Pass transmission line. As a vice-president he was part of the leadership team running the Forest Society's day-to-day operations. He has guided the organization's evolving use of digital media to accomplish its land protection and advocacy goals, and overseen the expansion of its education and volunteer programs.
"I have a deep respect for the work and history of the Forest Society," Savage said. "I believe that our mission to perpetuate New Hampshire's forests is more relevant than ever. I also recognize that as an organization, we must continue to adapt to a changing world and a changing climate. I want to thank the board for giving me this opportunity."
Savage's family has roots in the forest products industry and was owners of the Charleston Lumber Company in Charleston, W.V. in the 20th century. He and his wife Cheryl own a modest Certified Tree Farm in Middleton, where they have lived with their dogs and horses since 1993.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests was founded in 1901 to "perpetuate the forests of New Hampshire through their wise use and complete reservation in places of scenic beauty." The Forest Society owns and manages 185 Forest Reservations totaling 56,000 acres located in more than 100 New Hampshire communities. As a land trust it holds more than 700 conservation easements protecting an additional 130,000 acres statewide.