LAKEWOOD, Colo. – U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Brian Ferebee honored employees, partners and volunteers for 2018 contributions and successes during the annual Regional Forester’s Awards ceremony on April 4 in Lakewood, Colo.

Several Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) foresters from Montrose, Colo. were recognized in the “Delivering Benefits to the Public” category.

In all, Ferebee recognized 45 award winners and employees for innovative, impactful work.

“It’s an honor to recognize and celebrate employees, volunteers and partners for their 2018 accomplishments and the difference they make for present and future generations,” said Ferebee.

Delivering benefits to the public

Two teams, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and CSFS Montrose Field Office, were acknowledged for:

  • Strengthening communities and connecting people to the outdoors
  • Ensuring forests and grasslands deliver values, uses, products and services that people want and need

Awardees:

  • Jodi Rist, Supervisory Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
  • Austin Shelby, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
  • Kelsey Lesniak, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
  • Scott Johnson, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
  • Nicole Hutt, Timber Management Officer, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests
  • Drew Strosberg, Timber Management Asst., Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests
  • Cari Johnson, Timber Management Asst., Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests
  • Joseph Gonzales, Forester, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests
  • Christie Ladue, Forester, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests