Employees of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Hood National Forest, along with a number of local community partners, recently received national recognition for their efforts in Fisheries Management at a conference in Washington, D.C.
Mt. Adams District Ranger Greg Cox, Mt. Hood Fisheries Program Manager Dan Shively, and members of the Wind River Restoration Team were all honored for their outstanding efforts to protect and enhance fish habitat.
"The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated employees and strong partners that care so much about protecting watersheds and fish habitat," said Forest Supervisor Claire Lavendel.
Awards were given in the following categories:
Collaborative Aquatic Resource Stewardship: For their outstanding sustained efforts, this year's Collaborative Aquatic Resource Stewardship Award was presented to the Wind River Restoration Team of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
"Recognizing that wild steelhead returning to the Wind River had dropped to perilously low levels and that watershed conditions needed to be improved, a concerned group of biologists from several agencies met in 1992 to coordinate efforts toward the restoration of the steelhead runs," reported Forest Service fisheries management officials.
The cooperating partners performed the following: Initiated the Wind River Watershed Council and Wind River Technical Advisory Committee; conducted a variety of watershed assessments using several different methods; identified and prioritized 30 habitat restoration projects; completed cooperative restoration projects; conducted pre- and post-monitoring and evaluation of projects; and encouraged involvement in projects by members of the local community and schools.
For Line Officer Achievement in Aquatic Resources: For his outstanding vision, Greg Cox, Mt. Adams District Ranger, received this year's "Rise to the Future" award for quality leadership by a district ranger for improving aquatic resources.
"Cox has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the rehabilitation and restoration of riparian areas and stream channels that are vital to a threatened population of summer run steelhead," said Forest Service fisheries management officials.
For Professional Excellence in Management: This year's recipient of our Rise to the Future Award for Professional Excellence in Management was Dan Shively, from the Mt. Hood National Forest.