The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests has been blessed with a succession of solid leaders (known as “chief forester”). Paul Bofinger gave way to Jane Difley and Difley next month will give way to Jack Savage. It’s a good selection.

Savage has been Difley’s top assistant for several years.

We’re not sure how that would equate to tree rings, but he’s no sapling. His ability to communicate the Forest Society’s positions is unequaled. His knowledge of the state, from Coos to the sea, is formidable. (His wife, Cheryl Kimball, writes the popular Nature Talks column for this newspaper.)

Savage can also disagree without being disagreeable, a key talent in his new post as New Hampshire confronts renewed growth, energy issues, and preservation. We wish him the best.