2022 Regional Forester & Station Director Honor Awards

Stronger Together 

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Message from Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien & Research Station Director Richard Barhydt 

Please congratulate these Honor Award honorees on their successes and outstanding contributions. The theme for this year's Honor Award ceremony was "Stronger Together." The theme highlights how excited we are to be here, together and in-person, for the first time in several years. Though we continue to be faced with COVID-related impacts, one thing remains unchanged. Namely, our employees and partners continue to advance the Forest Service mission in the Pacific Southwest Region through their impactful and significant achievements and passion for the land. 

We are thrilled to present this year's awards to a host of employees and partners who, while representing a diverse array of approaches, all share the same commitment towards restoring, enhancing, and sustaining forest lands in California, Hawai'i and the Pacific Islands. 

On behalf of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and Research Station, we congratulate our honorees, as well as all the Region and Research Station employees, for the work that you do. You are making a difference for the American public and for future generations. 

Post Fire Recovery and Disaster Relief

Eldorado National Forest (NF), Placerville Ranger District, Great Basin Institute, El Dorado and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District, California Office of Emergency Services-Recovery Operations 

Fuels Reduction and Forest Resiliency 

Giant Sequoia Emergency Response Team-Sequoia NF
and Sierra NF

Visitor Experiences and Public Access 

Michael Porter-Los Padres NF 
Developed Recreation Team-Tahoe NF 

Innovation and Service in Business Operations

Anna Wong

Innovation and Service in Research

Kevin Mazzocco

All Lands, Watershed and Forest Health 

Blue Forest Conservation: Zach Knight, 
Nick Wobbrock, Phil Saksa 

Organizational Transformation 

Region s Grants and Agreements Staff: Sylvia Palmer, Amy Collenberg, Rachel Ellison, Lynne E. Evans, Louise Ewen, Dorene Hensler, Kelsey Josi, Byron Keely, Katy Miessner, Edward L. Montgomery, Darius Parks, Kimberly Pedersen, Hugo Martinez­Roacho, Stephanie Rumsey, Christine VanderMolen, Genevieve Villemaire, Chor Vang, Constance Zipperer 

Improving the Station Workplace

Holly Ziemer 

Diversity and Inclusion

Helen Tarbet-Los Padres NF 
CEDT's Community Enhancement and Diversity Award Amanda Uowolo

Emergency Response

Jennifer Linn-Law Enforcement & Investigations

Employee of the Year

Wendy Russ-Sequoia NF

Science Delivery

The ACCEL Team 
(collaboration between PSW/R5/external partners)

District Ranger of the Year

Jonathan Cook-Fisher-Tahoe NF

Career Achievement

Herman Wendell-Plumas NF 
Gary O. Fiddler-Ecosystem Management

Distinguished Science

Liz Keppeler

Partnership of the Year

Sustainable Recreation / CALREC Vision Key Working Group: John Wentworth, Rita Keil, Bill Keene, Danna Stroud, Kristy Williams, Austin Mcinerny, Angie Avery, Matt Driscoll ­submitted by Public Services

Flickr album with photos from the ceremony