Originally featured in FSM’s newsletter, Forest View, Fall 2015.
Annual donors Bob and Mary Burr have been supporting the Forest Society of Maine (FSM) for more than a decade. When asked why, Bob replied, “FSM is in alignment with how I think about Maine’s North Woods, and there is still more that FSM can do. Those additional opportunities require continued support.”
It was after he joined the board of directors that he felt he really understood the importance of FSM’s mission. “This led,” he says, “to a deeper appreciation of the work FSM does to conserve what I love about Maine’s North Woods.” When asked what it is he loves about Maine’s North Woods Bob remarked, “Well, there are several things, but I have always made my living because of a tree. Since high school, my income has been directly related to the trees grown in the state of Maine. The economic benefits of Maine’s woodlands are many. Mary and I have also both had the opportunity to enjoy the recreational aspects of the North Woods and we want that to continue.”
The Burrs have also included FSM in their estate plans, explaining that “by providing additional financial support to FSM through our will, we feel we can have a positive impact on the future of the North Woods.”