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- January 27, 2015 at 10:41 am #84702BaystatetomParticipant
After 16 years as a salaried employee of Bay State Forestry Service I have decided to give self employment a try. There was numerous reasons for the decision but one of the big ones was they decided to ax my ox logging. I just couldn’t give it up. Its been a long two weeks so far started by organizing and turning over box after box of client files and info about ongoing jobs, then buying a new used truck and dealing with all the associated hassles. Now I am stuck with a little down time as I wait for permits and contracts to come back.
So anyway if anybody in Western Massachusetts needs a consulting forester, I am your guy!
~TomJanuary 27, 2015 at 11:52 am #84707KMichelleParticipant
Good for you! But no more diesel credit?!January 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm #84708Rick AlgerParticipant
Best of luck.January 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm #84711LongViewFarmParticipant
Good for you and good luck. I wish you could work in NH!January 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm #84712Donn HewesKeymaster
Tom, Keep us posted. I hope and believe the time is right for more restorative forestry. DJanuary 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm #84720dominiquer60Moderator
Yes, we need more Toms, Carls, Johns, Brads, etc. I know down here in CT, we turn work away and can’t keep up with the couple ongoing jobs that we have. Plus to have more consulting foresters will only aid in customer (LO) education about what is possible with draft animals.
Give the “industry” hell and give the forests your best stewardship!February 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm #84962Brad JohnsonParticipant
How is the self-employed lifestyle treating you?
-BradFebruary 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm #84992BaystatetomParticipant
So far so good Brad. I have a few months work all lined up already. I think I was getting a little board with what I was doing and wasn’t as dedicated as I should have been. This change seams to have invigorated me and I am hitting the woods with passion again. Days like yesterday when the wind was howling and it was 10 degrees out I would have quit after a few hours but knowing I had to get it done to get paid I stayed out there 8 hours cruising timber on snowshoes. It seams my new boss is tougher on me then the last one.
Now I just have to turn all those projects into a pay check!
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