GLENS FALLS - Recently retired Finch Paper Vice President and Chief Forester Roger A. Dziengeleski of Moreau has been named the 2012 recipient of the Empire State Forest Products Association's annual Neil Gutchess Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in the forest products industry.
"Roger is a true leader and a tireless advocate for our industry and the forestry profession," said ESFPA President and CEO Eric Carlson. "Although he has retired from his 'day' job, he is continuing to put his passion for the health of New York's forests to work for the benefit of everyone who lives here through his volunteer roles."
Dziengeleski began his career with Finch Paper as a forester in 1978 after serving four years in the U. S. Air Force and earning his bachelor of science degree in forest management from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1991, he was promoted to oversee the company's Woodlands Department, including both forest management and wood procurement, a position from which he retired as a vice president earlier this year. Under Mr. Dziengeleski's leadership, Finch earned third-party responsible forest management certifications from both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program. He also established the innovative Finch Forest Management department, which provides consulting forestry services to landowners across the Northeast with a goal of helping them keep their forests as forests and in sustainable wood production.
In addition to his work at Finch, Mr. Dzeingeleski has held a variety of leadership positions with ESFPA and other forestry-related organizations, including a term as president of the national Society of American Foresters, the world's largest professional foresters association.
"Roger has been a tremendous representative and ambassador for Finch Paper and sustainable forestry for more than three decades," said Finch President & CEO Joseph F. Raccuia. "It is wonderful to see that his contributions to our industry and the health of New York's forests are recognized by people across the state and beyond."