COLUMBUS — Jeremy Scherf, a service forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in eastern Ohio, received the pinnacle honor of being named the National Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. This prestigious award was bestowed upon him at the Tree Farm National Convention held in Seattle.
“We are proud of the national recognition that Jeremy has received,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “To be recognized at the national level means that his passion is directly translating into the quality of his work, which benefits the overall health and quality of Ohio’s forests.”
Scherf currently serves Jefferson, Harrison, Guernsey and Belmont counties. His previous accomplishments included receiving recognition as Ohio Tree Farm Inspector of the Year last year and then earning the award of U.S. North Central Region Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year. In his role as a service forester, Scherf offers free, expert advice and guidance for the long-term care of family-owned woodlands, as well as information on qualification for property tax incentives under the Ohio Forest Tax Law and pointers on boundary establishment, forest health, selling timber, best management practices to prevent erosion and managing for wildlife.