Secretary of Agriculture Award Received for Good Neighbor Authority Projects

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Secretary of Agriculture Award Received for Good Neighbor Authority Projects

McCall, ID., March 22, 2019 – Steve Kimball, Natural Resources Staff Officer on the Payette National Forest, was recently recognized with USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) in the state of Idaho.

Kimball, along with Maureen Bookwalter from the Region 1 Office, Matt Staudacher from the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Scott Godfrey from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, and Lynn Oliver from the Boise National Forest were recognized for outstanding execution of GNA projects in the state of Idaho.  GNA is helping the USDA Forest Service improve forest conditions on National Forest System lands and supports the Department’s Strategic Goal #6 – “Ensure Productive and Sustainable Use of our National Forest System Lands.”  The award was presented by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to representatives that were able to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 12.

GNA was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and allows the USDA Forest Service to enter into partnership agreements with state forestry agencies to complete critical land management projects that restore and keep National Forest System lands healthy and productive.  Idaho has spearheaded this national program since its inception, with five GNA timber projects sold in the state so far.  Income from these sales is being used to complete restoration projects on National Forest System lands across the state.

Kimball has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 38 years, having spent the past 4 years on the Payette National Forest where he provided leadership on forest health restoration through the GNA and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program.  He is set to retire in early April and we wish him the best of luck in his new adventures.

For more information about the Good Neighbor Authority, please visit and  To view a short video of the award presentation, visit this link: