AUGUSTA — Athens business owner Robert Linkletter was recently honored for his stewardship of Maine’s working forests.

Linkletter, owner of the Maine Woods Pellet Co., was given the ninth annual Austin Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award by Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine TREE Foundation. The independent group’s name stands for Timber Research and Enviromental Education.

Linkletter received the award for his contributions to the Appalachian Trail and the state’s Saddleback Connector linking the national hiking trail with the region’s snowmobile and ATV trails.

“The Linkletters’ businesses are a perfect example of how we can choose to support both our economy and natural resources. We all have a vested interest in protecting Maine’s natural resources and sustainable working forests are key,” LePage said in a news release.

The award was established in 2004 to honor Wilkins for his lifelong stewardship of Maine’s forests.

Linkletter and his family own and operate timberlands as Linkletter Timberlands LLC. He also is vice president of Linkletter and Sons Trucking of Athens. He is president of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and is one of the state’s first master loggers.

 

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