Anne Janik, public affairs specialist for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG), recently received the Rocky Mountain Region's Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education Award. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated accomplishment in developing and delivering interpretive and educational programs, allowing the Forest Service to engage the public through world-class visitor services, expand volunteer programs, and strengthen local partnerships that address resource issues.
Janik has worked tirelessly to develop a robust conservation education program for the GMUG National Forests engaging local youth through field trips and classroom visits promoting environmental stewardship, Leave No Trace ethics, and fire safety. Her natural leadership, positive and energetic approach has led to the strengthening and development of interagency and community partners including partnering with The Nature Connection to host the yearly Winter Ecology and Skis for Kids program, which provided educational activities for 2,000 Western Slope students in 2017 alone.
"We are very proud of Anne for receiving this prestigious award. Her service to the Forest Service in conservation and youth outreach in our nearby communities is legendary, the recognition was well deserved," said Scott Armentrout, forest supervisor for the GMUG.