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John Ballard Blake, PhD banner featuring three images and captions for the different sections of the website. John Blake, historian, librarian, and tree farmer.
A head and shoulders full face black and white photograph of John Blake. Below his picture is the word Historian in black lettering. A three-quarters black and white photograph of John Blake sitting on a table in the National Library of Medicine's Incunabula room. Below his picture is the word Librarian in black lettering. John Blake and his wife Jean standing in a stewardship forest. Below their picture is the word Tree Farmer in black lettering.

John Ballard Blake, Ph.D.

1922-2006

Tree Farmer

John Blake standing near a barn with logs from his woods that are stacking in a pile and stacked on a trailer.
John and Jean Blake standing on their tree farm beside a sign that says Stewardship Forest.

Soon after his retirement in 1982, John Blake and his wife, Jean, moved year-round to the pre-Civil War farmhouse near Frederick, Maryland, which they had used as a weekend retreat for many years. There, at Hornet Hill at the end of Wildcat Road, deep in the woods, John Blake began a second career as a tree farmer. He entered his property in the Forest Stewardship Program to ensure its preservation as woodland, and became an active member of the Frederick County Forest Conservancy District Board and the Maryland Forests Association.


John and Jean Blake of Myersville, receive the Maryland Forests Association's Lifetime of Service to Forestry Award. The presentation was made by Maryland Forests Association President Kirk Rodgers (center) at the annual meeting.
John and Jean Blake of Myersville, receive the Maryland Forests Association's Lifetime of Service to Forestry Award. The presentation was made by Maryland Forests Association President Kirk Rodgers (center) at the Annual Meeting.
Award presented to John Blake for 15 years of distinguished service to the Forest District Conservancy Boards. A wooden award with a black plaque with a tree in the middle.
Award presented to John Blake for 15 years of distinguished service to the Forest District Conservancy Boards.
Wooden award for Lifetime of service to forestry awarded to John and Jean Blake, Myersville, MD from Maryland Forests Association
Award for Lifetime of service to forestry awarded to John and Jean Blake, Myersville, MD from Maryland Forests Association.