Lyn Christensen Recognized as Forest Protection Officer of the Year

Release Date: Nov 29, 2010   Richfield, UT

Contact(s): Maggie Williams, 435.896.1085 John Zapell, 435.896.1070

Image of Lyn Christensen accepting his award

RICHFIELD, UT- On October 27, 2010 during the Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigation National Leadership Team meeting in Ogden, Utah, Lyn Christensen received the National Forest Protection Officer of the Year Award for 2009. Congratulations Lyn!

Lyn works as a recreation FPO on the Richfield Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest.  He has worked for the Fishlake during the summer for 29 years to complement his career as a middle school teacher.  Now retired from both the North Sevier school system and the National Guard, he has more time to patrol the forest, work his farm, and spend time with his family.

“Lyn’s knowledge of the area, understanding of federal regulations and his skill with people has made him a valued asset to the Fishlake National Forest and the local law enforcement program,” said Forest Law Enforcement Officer Maggie Williams. “Every weekend during the summer he patrols and makes contacts with visitors to the forest. He is respected for being firm yet fair with people. After a contact with Lyn, visitors understand the forest rules and appreciate that he limits citations or gives a stern warning.”

Lyn works with the Forest LEO to enforce federal regulations on national forest managed land, and works in cooperation with other law enforcement organizations in the area, providing valuable information used to investigate and pursuing cases such as theft of forest products and poaching. He and the Forest LEO received a commendation from the Salina City Police Chief Greg Harwood in regard to cooperative seed seizures in 2008 and 2009.   Lyn is one of the few forest protection officers who have received a county call number from the Sheriff.

Along with his work as a FPO, Lyn has been a dedicated facilitator for the Gooseberry Third Grade Outdoor Education Program for nearly 30 years. Lyn captivates the students as he tells the story of Annie Bangs by the light of the campfire. In addition, he teaches ATV or Wildfire safety as one of the six classes the children attend at Gooseberry.