Service Above and Beyond Award 2018

This award recognizes major accomplishments in achieving agency goals through collaboration internally and externally to protect natural resources and human life on public lands.

Recipients |  Brooks Beegle, Law Enforcement Officer, LE&I West Zone and Martin Jones, Minerals Administrator, Nez Perce-Clearwater NF

Project | Suction Dredge Mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River

Law Enforcement and Investigations anticipated non-compliance with regulations regarding suction dredge mining on the South Fork Clearwater River. Working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the staff provided for public and employee safety through educational, personal contacts while achieving consistent enforcement action to re-gain compliance with Forest Service regulations.

Brooks Beegle, Martin Jones, Suction Dredge Mining Education

Recipients | Nicolas Scholz and Patrick Legg, Law Enforcement Officers LE&I South Central Zone

Project | Infant Rescue

Through a cooperative operation involving Forest Service LE&I, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, and Bureau of Land Management, officers Nick Scholz and Patrick Legg saved the life of a five-month old baby who was left in the forest by a known violent offender under the influence of narcotics. The swift actions of these two officers resulted in the baby being found safe and the suspect apprehended without further incident.

Nicolas Scholz and Patrick Legg, Law Enforcement, Infant Rescue