Volunteers celebrated for contributions to FS

Infographic: From 1972–2017, the Forest Service has had 3 million volunteers who put in 131.2 million hours at a value of $1.7 billion. Number based on independent sector valuation of volunteer hour.
This infographic shows the impact volunteers have had on the Forest Service.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Forest Service’s Volunteers & Service Program is the conduit through which we engage with the American people to support our work and priorities. The tireless efforts of our many volunteers, partners, and staff play a crucial role in sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s forests and grasslands.

Every year more than 100,000 volunteers and partners commit their time and talent to our many projects. Every volunteer, every partner and every project makes an impact. The work they do and the talent and passion they bring to our nation’s forests and grasslands could not be more appreciated.

In Fiscal Year 2017, 115,000 volunteers and service participants contributed 4.6 million hours of time to the Forest Service. This work is valued at $111 million, which is equal to about 2,560 full-time Forest Service employees.

Every year, we recognize those WHO have done exceptional work in offering their time and talent to the Forest Service.

Those awards fall into five categories: Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships, Cultural Diversity, Enduring Service, Leadership and Restoration.

This year the awards went to:

  • Citizen Stewardship & Partnerships: 
    • Quentin Tyler Degering, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
    • Lutherhaven Ministries, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Idaho
  • Cultural Diversity
    • MobilizeGreen, National Partnership
    • Discover Your Forest Greenhouses to Greenscapes, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon
  • Enduring Service
    • Steve Benoit, Los Padres National Forest, California
    • Friends of the Sandia Mountains, Cibola National Forest and Grasslands, New Mexico
  • Leadership
    • Paul Kimpling, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Colorado
    • Reanna Suela, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California
  • Restoration
    • Darrell Borden, Washington Conservation Corps, Olympic National Forest Crew, Washington

There were also special recognitions among the awardees. Congratulations to all those recognized!

You can read about them, and more details about the awardees, on the Volunteer & Service program website.