Shawnee National Forest Employee of the Quarter, Trish Abney

Release Date: Jul 12, 2017  

Trish Abney

Shawnee National Forest recently recognized Trish Abney as Employee of the Quarter for her extra efforts. Abney is the Customer Service Representative at the Hidden Springs Ranger Station in Vienna. She was nominated for her innovative thinking and establishment of the new automated phone answering system at Vienna. This development will aid the Forest Service during high volume periods anticipated with Eclipse2017 event.

About Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit the Region 9 website.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit the National Forest Service website.