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Pierson named IPPS Fellow

11/4/2013

Dale Pierson was elected as a Fellow of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society at their 2013 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Fellow Award is an honor the Region awards to its members for exceptional service to the Society and to the advancement of the field of propagation and production.
 
Pierson has been a member of IPPS since 1993. He has served as a Director on the Board of the Eastern Region, as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, and as chair of the Membership Committee. He was co-chair of the local site committee when the Eastern Region meetings were held in Portland, Maine, in 2003.
 
Dale and his wife, Mike, have owned and operated Pierson Nurseries, Inc. since its inception in 1973. The business began primarily as a commercial landscape business; however, they expanded into a growing operation on seven acres of land in 1975. In 1985 they purchased 65 addition acres in Dayton, Maine, and by the early 1990's they eliminated the landscape business and concentrated their efforts on production of high quality nursery stock for the horticultural trade throughout the New England states. Over one third of their plant sales are native and wetland plants. Their son, Jake, joined the company in 2004.
 
In addition to his service to IPPS, Pierson has been involved with the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association where he has served on their board and as president, receiving the 'Al Black Award' for outstanding service to the industry; the New England Nursery Association, serving on their board and as president; and New England Grows, serving on the board and as their president. Pierson has also served as a governor and senator with the American Landscape Nursery Association and for many years served on the Maine Aquatic Invasive Task Force. In addition, he is currently serving on the Maine Agricultural Water Board.  Pierson assists many local community groups with beautification efforts and serves on local playground committees.
 
Dale and his wife, Mike, have been married for over 35 years and have two children and one granddaughter. Dale's family is an important part of his life and he makes sure to balance that with his business responsibilities and numerous volunteer efforts.
 
The International Plant Propagators' Society is a non-profit organization of nearly 1100 members organized into eight separate regions around the world.  The membership is made up of those with a professional interest in plant propagation and production from businesses, colleges and universities, botanic gardens and arboreta.  The motto of this non-commercial organization is "To Seek and To Share" knowledge and experience in plant propagation and production.