Recently, the innovative and impactful contributions of several Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests' employees during 2018 were recognized.
Personnel from the GMUG National Forests' timber management program along with the Colorado State Forest Service's (CSFS) Montrose Field Office were recognized in the "Delivering Benefits to the Public" category for their Good Neighbor Authority-based partnership which encouraged new ideas and new ways of doing business while welcoming new voices to the table and fostering a learning environment to achieve common goals. Individuals recognized include: Nichole Hutt, timber management officer, GMUG; Drew Strosberg, timber management assistant, GMUG; Cari Johnson, timber management assistant, GMUG; Joseph Gonzales, timber management assistant, GMUG; Christie Ladue, forester, GMUG; Jodi Rist, supervisory forester, CSFS; Austin Shelby, forester, CSFS; Kelsey Lesniak, forester, CSFS; and Scott Johnson, forester, CSFS.
Gunnison Ranger District hydrologist Ashley Hom was recognized in the Emerging Leader category for a "breakout year" in which she collaborated with local, state and other federal agencies on multiple projects, applying for and receiving grant funding for said projects and completing the USDA Forest Service's National New Leader Program.
"It is a great honor for both the GMUG and our partners to receive this recognition" said acting GMUG Forest supervisor Chad Stewart. "It brings to light that innovation and collaboration are two of the main cornerstones when it comes to effective land management."