USDA Forest Service Honors Employees at Awards Ceremony
VALLEJO, Calif., Dec. 06, 2010—Employees of the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region were honored at an awards ceremony in Sacramento on Nov. 30. Nominations in 10 categories were received from National Forests throughout California and the Regional office in Vallejo, Calif.
2010 Regional Forester's Honor Awards
“We are proud to pay special tribute to those who demonstrated outstanding professionalism, excellent customer service, and exemplary leadership in advancing the mission of the Forest Service,” Regional Forester Randy Moore said. “We congratulate not just our winners, but all of the nominees for a job well done. The Pacific Southwest Region, the lands and the public are better for their contributions.”
The award categories and winners were:
Ecological Restoration — All Lands: Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Eldorado/Stanislaus NFs
Ecological Restoration — Watershed and Forest Health: Deveree Kopp, San Bernardino NF
Ecological Restoration — Engaging Youth: Get to Know Team
Healthy Workforce/Workplace — Safety Leadership: Safety Focus Area Teams, Shasta-Trinity NF
Healthy Workforce/Workplace — Diversity/Civil Rights: Central California Consortium
Healthy Workforce/Workplace — Sustainable Operations: Regional Office Green Team
District of the Year: High Sierra Ranger District, Sierra NF
Partner of the Year: Ryan Henson, California Wilderness Coalition
Emergency Response: Salmon/Scott River Fuels Team, Klamath NF
Rookie of the Year: Scott Alguire, Los Padres NF
Highlights of the event included a visit from Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell and keynote speaker Stedman Graham.
The Pacific Southwest Region includes the 18 National Forests in California and is known as Region 5 in the U.S. Forest Service. Region 5 also includes responsibility and oversight of State and Private Forestry in Hawaii and U.S. territories in the Pacific.