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Local Volunteers Recognized in Forest Service Award Ceremony

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130

Please join the Prescott National Forest in congratulating two outstanding volunteers – Tony Beere and the Yavapai County Education Service Agency.  The Prescott National Forest would like to thank them for their commitment to public lands.  


Each year, the Forest Service recognizes individuals, organizations, and partners for their efforts in four categories - Enduring Service, Restoration, Leadership, and Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships. 


This year, Tony Beere was nominated for Enduring Service and received Regional recognition.  Tony has worked with the “Over the Hill Gang” a trail work crew that has met every Thursday since the late 1990s. Tony has been a consistent member since its inception, and although many volunteers and employees have worked with the Over the Hill Gang, Tony continues to be the most steadfast part of the effort. Tony is an inspiration to all of us in with his lifelong commitment to do trail work. Before donating his efforts to the Prescott National Forest, he volunteered on trails for 10 years in California. Tony is the definition and embodiment of an amazing public land steward and serves as a shining example to us all of what will and determination can accomplish


Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) received Regional recognition after being nominated for Citizen Stewardship and Partnerships award..  The Yavapai County Education Service Agency’s leadership and commitment to the Youth Conservation Corps program on the Prescott National Forest for eight years has ensured that this unique Yavapai County based youth engagement opportunity is sustainable and available to a broad spectrum of youth across the county.  YCESA fosters education, awareness, stewardship and pride in the natural resources on public lands


Congratulations to Tony Beere and Yavapai County Education Service Agency, and thanks to all of our volunteers for the support that you provide.