SCHENEVUS – Steven C. Naatz, 67, formerly of Goodyear Lake, a forester who could identify every tree and animal by its Latin name and proprietor of Naatz Excavating & Forestry, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with family by his side.
Steve was born on Sept. 30, 1951, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta to Audrey V. (Baumann) and William M. Naatz of Emmons, the middle of five children. He graduated from Oneonta High School, earned an A.A.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, then received a M.S. from Colorado State University. He served in the Army National Guard as a senior surveyor at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Editor’s Note: This appreciation of Henry S. Kernan, 2008 OCCA Conservationist of the Year and author of “The Gifts of a Forest,” was prepared by his grandson. Friends are invited to visit the family 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 457 County Highway 40, South Worcester. In recent years, Mr. Kernan resided at Woodside Hall, Cooperstown.
By TED KERNAN
SOUTH WORCESTER – To Henry Sherrill Kernan, a walk through the woods was no mere stroll, but, as naturalist John Muir said, a way into understanding the universe itself. More than a simple desire to be outside motivated his epic ramblings; they were bound up in a deep commitment to learning that led him from the rocky hills of Cyprus to the tropical forests of Borneo.
Perseverance and curiosity were pronounced traits that motivated him to study the languages of the 36 countries where he worked during his long career as a forester. He and his wife raised five children in Iran, Spain, and South Korea, all the while managing a working forest in Upstate New York.