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Awards given at USFS Centennial Congress

The Centennial Congress Awards recognize people and organizations who have made a difference in the first hundred years of the USDA Forest Service.

Centennial Congress Awards Ceremony, January 6, 2005

Forest Service logoPublic Service (External) Presented by Elizabeth Estill

The Ad Council
The Ad Council's Smokey Bear fire prevention campaign is the longest running public service campaign in history and has inspired several generations of Americans to take personal responsibility to prevent unwanted fires caused by humans. For more than 60 years, The Ad Council has worked pro bono, with the Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to make Smokey's message contemporary and effective.

American Recreation Coalition
The American Recreation Coalition has long been a strong Forest Service partner and has sponsored numerous major programs for youth education, fire prevention, recreation management and information, public awareness, social science understanding, and customer service. The Coalition continues to be instrumental in supporting quality outdoor recreation programs for the public and supports the Agency in accomplishing that diverse challenge.

The Nature Conservancy
Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has been a special partner of the Forest Service in protection of plants, animals, and natural communities. TNC works across agencies, communities, and business in a non- confrontational approach using science and information as a strength of building understanding and support. TNC has been a major supporter of the Forest Service at all levels and across all parts of the country.

Public Service (Internal) Presented by Elizabeth Estill

Rudolph (Rudy) Andrew Wendelin (1910- 2000)
Rudy Wendelin was a Forest Service employee and the official Smokey Bear artist for many years. He provided national leadership in fire prevention with amazingly successful long- term and significant contributions. He produced more than 4,000 Smokey Bear works of art in his 27 year career with the Forest Service.

Bob Marshall (1901- 1939)
Bob Marshall was a pioneer in developing the recreation and wilderness programs in the Forest Service during the 1930's. He was instrumental in developing the institutional framework for protection of wild lands in America that eventually led to the establishment of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Mark Reimers (retired)
Mark Reimers, in his 38 year career with the Forest Service, served the public in many different capacities with significant success, but his work and involvement in Legislative Programs is monumental. He worked tirelessly with Congress, interest groups, and six administrations on a variety of critically important legislation such as Renewable Resources Protection Act, National Forest Management Act, wilderness legislation in nearly 30 different states, and numerous others. Mr. Reimers, in a quiet, professional way, served the public in an exemplary manner which yielded long- term benefits to society.

University Leadership Presented by Ann Bartuska

National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges
The National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges (NAPFSC) consists of 69 member colleges and universities and was formed to advance the science, practice and art of forest management through the encouragement and support of forest resource education, research, extension and international programs at the university level. Prior to the formation of forest research stations, university forestry schools played the primary role of providing research results to the Forest Service. Since World War II, NAPFSC members have been key partners in many Forest Service programs; within the National Forest System, State & Private Forestry, and Research & Development branches of the Agency. NAPFSC schools have played, and are still playing, major roles in the development of forestry policies affecting national forests and helping to improve the management of other public and private forests. NAPFSC schools work with State & Private Forestry to help deliver science to land managers and owners through extension forestry programs and other activities.

Tuskegee University
In the 1960's, Tuskegee University, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Science entered into a Master Memorandum of Understanding with the U. S. Forest Service Southern Forest Experiment Station and placed Forest Service personnel on Tuskegee's campus. They assisted with outreach, recruitment, education, placement, and conversion of students (African Americans and other minority groups) into the Forest Service workforce. Since 1968, Tuskegee has graduated over 120 foresters and natural resources professionals, many of which whom are employed with the Forest Service. In the early 1990's, the Tuskegee University Forestry and Natural Resources Program Council was reestablished. The Council has over 30 active members including, USDA, Forest Service, forestry industry, corporate America, alumni, and friends. The Council helps to provide scholarships, jobs, and placement of students in forestry, natural resources, agriculture, and related sciences. The Forest Service has been able to attract and retain many of the students under the USDA/ 1890 National Scholars Program. The Tuskegee University Forestry and Natural Resources Program has paved the way for other Forest Service "Multicultural Recruitment Initiatives."

Science Leadership Presented by Ann Bartuska

Raphael Zon (1874- 1956)
Raphael Zon helped build the U. S. Forest Service organization by promoting the importance of scientific investigation. Mr. Zon was instrumental in the creation of Forest Experiment Stations, and without doubt, was the force behind science leadership in the Agency in its formative years.

Gene Likens, Institute of Ecosystem Studies F. Herbert Bowman, Yale University
Robert S. Pierce, USDA Forest Service
Noye M. Johnson , Dartmouth College

Gene Likens, F. Herbert Bowman, Robert Pierce, and Noye Johnson founded long- term investigations of forest watershed ecosystems and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountain National Forest. They were among the first to apply the concepts of nutrient and energy flows to understanding forest watersheds. They used these studies to investigate the impacts forest management, road building, and air pollution have on the ecosystem. Their work has had global implications for forest and ecosystem management and conservation. Their ground- breaking approach set the stage for what has become the Long Term Ecological Network (LTER), a series of international ecosystem studies. The Forest Service is an active partner in these studies.

Jack Ward Thomas, Ph. D. (retired)
Dr. Jack Ward Thomas, Forest Service Chief from 1993 to 1996, has been instrumental in connecting management to science. Dr. Thomas has been influential in framing many of the science leadership issues that face the U. S. Forest Service today. He continues to use his science leadership to help reconcile the differences that exist in our society in viewing resource issues.

Leadership in a Diverse Society Presented by Chris Pyron

F. Dale Robertson (retired)
Dale Robertson has served in many leadership roles including Forest Service Chief from 1987 to 1993. Among Mr. Robertson's greatest contributions to the Agency was his passion and capacity to create an understanding and commitment to strengthening the U. S. Forest Service through diversity. During his time as Chief, Mr. Robertson not only changed the face of the Forest Service, but also changed our heart and future. He has set a leadership example that must be embraced at all levels and for all time.

Ellie Towns. J. D. (retired)
Ellie Towns was the Southwest Regional Forester until her retirement in 2002. Throughout her numerous roles, she set an example of positive leadership commitment to living, learning, and leading in a diverse society. She leads by example and her commitment to the Agency and to the people who make it what it is exemplary.

Organizational Leadership Presented by Chris Pyron

Overton W. Price (1873-1914)
Overton Price was the first Associate Forester of the Forest Service and was instrumental in developing the organizational structure of the Forest Service. He possessed a great capacity to organize and lead and created an efficient system of Ranger Districts, Forests, Regions, and National Office that in basic blueprint still remains today.

R. Max Peterson, Chief Emeritus
Max Peterson, Chief of the Forest Service from 1980 to 1987, symbolizes the leadership and commitment to organization that has held the Agency together for a hundred years. Mr. Peterson was instrumental in bridging new organizational realities brought about by the National Forest Management Act and responded to new challenges of immense proportion. In retirement, and as the former executive vice president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, he has continued to guide, counsel, and support the Agency through his seemingly infinite capacity to understand and lead the organization.

Lou Romero
For over 40 years, Lou Romero has been a convener, facilitator, mentor, educator, communicator, and student of organizational leadership for the U. S. Forest Service. He has helped guide and transition numerous Forest Service leaders. He has had major roles in significant leadership gatherings, including all Forest Supervisor meetings since the first in 1985 and additional national meetings. He continues, in the private sector, to take special interest in providing organizational leadership to upcoming Forest Service leaders.

Professional Society Leadership Presented by Joel Holtrop

Society of American Foresters
Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, the Society of American Foresters has long been associated with and a solid supporter of the Forest Service. As the largest professional society for foresters in the world, their history in establishing professional standards has been invaluable to the Agency. The Society advances science, education, technology, and the practice of forestry. Their efforts on a continuing basis over a hundred years has made them leaders in advancing the conservation ethic to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems for present and future generations.

Resource Stewardship (External) Presented by Joel Holtrop

National Association of State Foresters
The National Association of State Foresters is a nonprofit organization that represents the directors of State Forestry agencies. State foresters have worked tirelessly with forestry, wildlife, wildfire, and other resource professionals promoting healthy sustainable forests that provide various uses, products and benefits for the public, landowners, and the Nation. The Association's partnership with the Forest Service has been essential in our mission of resource stewardship to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has been a Forest Service partner for over 30 years, helping to conserve key land for watershed, public recreation, and resource protection. TPL has assisted the Forest Service with the Land & Water Conservation Fund (L& WCF) purchase and exchange program. Trust for Public Land has assisted in acquiring over 500,000 acres of land for the National Forest System, including nationally significant areas such as Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Big Sur Coastline, and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. They participated in over 600 individual L& WCF acquisitions in 34 states in all nine regions.

William D. Hagenstein
William Hagenstein is a retired forest products association executive director from Portland, Oregon and a former president of the Society of American Foresters (1966- 69). For many decades, he led efforts to further professional resource stewardship of our Nation's forests and was instrumental in working to resolve critical resource stewardship issues of the day. He was mentored by former Forest Service Chief William Greeley and was very engaged in policy dialogue as a professional, association representative, and as an advocate. He continues to be active and influential in resource management as an advisor and supporter.

Community Leadership Presented by Joel Holtrop

Jack Shipley, Applegate Partnership
Jack Shipley founded and established Applegate Partnership in 1992 to encourage cooperation between communities and agencies on forest management issues in the Applegate River Valley. The Applegate Partnership is a community based nonprofit organization involving industry, conservation groups, natural resource agencies, and residents cooperating to encourage and facilitate the use of natural resource principles promoting ecosystem health and diversity. Mr. Shipley's accomplishments include: teaming with the Forest Service and BLM to implement forest health projects demonstrating how communities and agencies could work together; influencing the creation and inclusion of the Applegate Adaptive Management Area in the Northwest Forest Plan; and, influencing the acquisition of over $100, 000 in grant funding to initiate and complete the Applegate Fire Plan. He also played a significant role in coordinating a partnership between several parties, including the Forest Service, to raise over $100, 000 to develop a collaborative demonstration project regarding fuels hazard reduction treatment effects and opportunities over a 40, 000 acre landscape.

Volunteer Leadership Presented by Tom Thompson

National Ski Patrol
Founded in 1938, the National Ski Patrol (NSP) has become the largest winter rescue organization in the world. The Patrol has been a strong partner of the Forest Service with largely volunteer patrollers promoting skiing and ski safety. Over the years many Forest Service employees and retirees have helped fill the volunteer ranks.

Appalachian Trail Conference
The Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC) has a long term history as a volunteer based nonprofit organization which focuses on protection and promotion of the Appalachian Trail. The Forest Service and the ATC have been partners in management of the Trail since 1925 and the Conference was instrumental in ensuring the passage of the Volunteer Act of 1972. Each year more than 4,500 volunteers contribute more than 180, 000 hours to maintain, manage, and administer the ATC. Total contributions are valued at over $3 million, with over a $1 million contributed annually on National Forest System lands.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has been a Forest Service partner for nearly 20 years. They have helped to fund and implement 1, 667 resource stewardship projects, permanently protect 73, 000 acres through land acquisition and protect over 50, 000 acres through lease acquisitions. Additionally, they have assisted with research, elk restoration, and conservation education programs such as High Schools for Habitat, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and the Wildlife Leadership Award Scholarship. RMEF has partnered with the Forest Service to enhance or protect almost 2 million acres across 83 national forests, 4 national grasslands, 5 National Recreation Areas, and involved 2 research stations on projects totaling nearly $90 million in total assets. RMEF has 140,000 members with 11, 000 active volunteers contributing to work on the ground.

Resource Stewardship (Internal ) Presented by Tom Thompson and Dale Bosworth

Aldo Leopold (1887- 1948)
Aldo Leopold, during his Forest Service career, made significant contributions to resource stewardship in the Agency's formative years. He pioneered new concepts and ideas of public land stewardship such as wildlife management and wilderness management. His philosophy of land ethic that matured in his years at University of Wisconsin and on his property in Sand County continues to lead resource managers throughout the world.

Floyd Iverson (1910- 1998)
Floyd Iverson contributed to resolving major grazing issues in the Rocky Mountain and Intermountain West in the 1950's. His ability to bring resource stewardship concepts into the range business and his work in watershed management had a monumental impact on the U. S. Forest Service. He later became Regional Forester of the Intermountain Region and was very active in the Society of Range Management.

Jay Cravens (retired)
Jay Cravens has demonstrated a sustained commitment to resource stewardship of our Nation's forests. During his career with the Forest Service, he served in many capacities in the Southwest and as Regional Forester of the Eastern Region. During the Vietnam years, Mr. Cravens served in a significant AID tour. He also was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, the president of the Society of American Foresters, a consulting forester, and continues to be active in supporting the Forest Service.

Tom Thompson (Presented by Dale Bosworth)
Tom Thompson, a 36 year veteran and National Forest System Deputy Chief, has contributed significantly to the stewardship of National Forest System land resources. His leadership and commitment to diversity has provided the critical support, tools, and skills necessary to accomplish essential work on the ground. Tom is an avid connoisseur of Forest Service history and has a keen interest in examining and understanding the successes and disappointments of the past. Tom's infectious enthusiasm has been the catalyst behind the Agency's celebration of its 100 year conservation legacy.

Centennial Legacy Presented by Tom Thompson

Gifford Pinchot (1865- 1946)
The first Chief Forester of the U. S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, "Cared for the Land and Served the People." He was the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania, founder of the Society of American Foresters, and a professional forester who supported the U. S. Forest Service throughout his lifetime.

American Forests
For 125 years, American Forests has worked to find and develop the best science to identify conservation issues and solutions. They have been a leading voice for many Forest Congresses which helped establish the Forest Reserves and the transfer of those reserves to the USDA. They have supported the formation of state forestry associations and protection of eastern National Forests. American Forests has a proud history of support and partnership with the U. S. Forest Service. The organization has furthered communication of forestry issues and has been a convener of citizen activists, business, forestry professions and managers.

Congressional Recognition

The following Congressmen and Senators were recognized with a special Centennial award at the Whitten Gala on January 5, 2005.

John Wingate Weeks: U. S. Representative and Senator 1904-1919
John Wingate Weeks is best known for his efforts at establishing the eastern national forest system. In the early 1900's all the forest lands in the eastern half of the United States were privately owned and many were in poor condition. There were no national forests in the east, and the government was not empowered to purchase private lands. Congress finally passed the Appalachian- White Mountains Forest Reservation Bill in 1911, largely due to the efforts of Representative Weeks. The Weeks Act authorized the federal government to purchase lands to be permanently reserved, held and administered as national forest lands, "for the protection, development and use of their natural resource."

Charles Linza McNary: U. S. Senator 1917-1944
Charles McNary was a Senator from Oregon and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Reforestation. He sponsored the Clarke- McNary Act of 1924 which set the cooperative tone of the relationship between the Forest Service and the forest industry for decades to come. The act provided for cooperative opportunities with states on reforestation, fire control, farm woodlots, and expanded land purchase for new national forests under the Weeks Act of 1911. Senator McNary also co- sponsored the McSweeney- McNary Act of 1928 that expanded authorities for national forest land purchases.

Hubert Horatio Humphrey: U. S. Senator 1948- 1964 and 1970- 1978
Hubert Humphrey, Senator from Minnesota and vice- president under Lyndon Johnson introduced the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act in 1956 which was passed in 1960. Senator Humphrey was instrumental in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and the Resource Planning Act of 1978.

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