Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine names first deputy director

Posted May 17, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Bill Williams, former chief ranger for the Maine Forest Service, has been named deputy director of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, a new position for the 37-year-old nonprofit organization.

Williams brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the association, according to Board President Rich Merk, who said Williams will work closely with Executive Director Tom Doak.

Williams, a native of Greenville, began his work in forestry and forest management as a high school and college student, working seasonally as a campsite ranger on Moosehead Lake. He was later assigned to the Maine Forest Service Greenville and Dover-Foxcroft offices, and moved to Aroostook County in 1996, where he was promoted to district ranger.

In 2002, he was named chief ranger in Augusta, a post he held until his retirement in 2011. Williams is a third-generation forest ranger, after his father, Earle S. Williams, also a chief ranger, and his grandfather, Waylan Williams.

Merk said administrative tasks, project management and overseeing the association land trust will be assigned to Williams, while Doak will expand efforts on new projects, public outreach and legislative lobbying.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Doak is a licensed forester.