REGIONAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED
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OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD 4-9-14

The Regional Forrester Awards ceremony is an annual event to honor exceptional individuals or groups and projects that beautify the image of the Intermountain Region. More specifically, the Meeting America’s Needs award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual, work unit, or group that ensure the Region’s forests and grasslands provide the American people with a reliable supply of forest and rangeland products and services, such as clean and ample water, energy, and wood products, on both Federal and non-Federal lands.

For outstanding service and contributions to the Idaho AmeriCorps Program in 2013, the Meeting America’s Needs Award goes to, from the Salmon Challis NF, Angie Hurley, Forest Partnership Coordinator; Elizabeth Townley, Acting North Fork District Ranger; Kim Nelson, Admin Staff; and Jackie Lucero, Student Conservation Association (SCA) Idaho AmeriCorps Program Leader.

In 2013, the SCA crew on the Salmon-Challis National Forest created 68 maps, surveyed forest areas, surveyed and reported erosion concerns. In addition to work including GIS, Engineering, Wildlife, U-routes, vegetation, wilderness trails and other special uses issues, Crew Members worked with the Salmon Office to map water diversions from forest streams to private land. Crews maintained trails in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area with primary focus on logging out the corridor and rehabilitating the tread, they cleared 697 blown down trees.

This public/private partnership expands the achievement of the Forest Service legacy and focuses areas, demonstrates outstanding achievements in substantially leveraging funds and increasing accomplishments on the ground and shows how partnerships with youth programs are essential to our future. Congratulations to the Student Conservation Association Idaho AmeriCorps Program, partnership with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.


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