Tahoe National Forest Receives Sierra Crest Leadership Award

On May 8, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano and Watershed Program Manager Carol Purchase accepted the Sierra Crest Leadership Award from The Sierra Fund (TSF) on behalf of the Forest. The award was presented at TSF’s conference Reclaiming the Sierra 2017:  Headwater Resiliency.

The Tahoe National Forest received the award as a recognition of its partnership and collaborative work around a range of critical issues related to Sierra Nevada watersheds. The Sierra Crest Leadership Award for Top Agency Partner has only been given out three times before. Past recipients are the Nevada Irrigation District, California State Parks and the Abandoned Mine Lands Unit of the Department of Conservation. The Tahoe National Forest/U.S. Forest Service is the first federal agency to receive this recognition.

The Sierra Fund’s mission is to restore ecosystem and community resiliency to the Sierra Nevada.

In accepting the award, Ilano said “Managing a national forest is a daunting task. The Sierra Fund makes us as an agency better and helps us to understand and restore the national forests."