On Feb. 8, regional forester Brian Ferebee, U.S. Forest Service, honored employees and partners for their contributions and successes in 2016 during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony.
"The award winners have taken notable actions to ensure that forest and grasslands provide Americans benefits such as clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and more," Ferebee said. "Their contributions have, and will continue to make a difference for present and future generations."
In the category of "Sustaining our Nation's Forest and Grasslands," three GMUG employees were recognized for their achievements in creating and maintaining resilient landscapes. Linda Lanham, Doug Marah and Merna Fehlmann received a certificate and a five-section tray made by local artist Matt Ricketts from reclaimed beetle kill pine. Two award categories received Aldo Leopold benches made by students at the Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Colorado.
The regional forester's honor awards are presented each year for outstanding achievement by Forest Service employees and partners. The Rocky Mountain Region reserves this award as its highest honor.