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2012 National Volunteer Award Recipients

From helping in the lab to patrolling trails by bike, these awardees show the value of "Working Together, Preserving the Public Lands Legacy" by "Caring for the Land and Serving the People!" 2012 National Awardees. Click on the title and name of each awardee to find out more about their contributions to the public lands!

Individual Volunteer

John Haur - Pacific Southwest Research Station

A photo of Individual Volunteer of the Year award recipient John Hauer (right) and Pamela Padgett (left), Plant Biologist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Individual Volunteer of the Year award recipient John Hauer (right) is presented with a letter from Forest Service Chief Tidwell, backpack, and commemorative blanket for his service to the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Pamela Padgett (left), Plant Biologist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, nominated John for the national award. Lab support, brush clearing, irrigation repair, and equipment management... These are some of the ways John Hauer made an impact at the Pacific Southwest Research Station. See the Pacific Southwest Region's mention of John's service to the unit.















Campground Host

Brenda Negley - Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest

A photo of 2012 Campground Host Brenda Negley Brenda Negley continues her family's legacy by continuing to educate visitors on the history of Bass Lake Ranger District campground she has enjoyed she her grandparents were campground hosts of the same site. See the Pacific Southwest Region mention of Brenda's activities that granted her the title of 2012 Volunteer Campground Host of the Year. Brenda (middle) is recognized at a ceremony in her honor for her volunteer service.















Volunteer Coordinator of Volunteers

Jasonn Beckstrand - Los Padres National Forest

A photo of Jasonn Beckstrand standing along the Blue Canyon Trail where he is conducting a trail survey. Jasonn's leadership of other volunteers led to significant progress in the gathering of trail condition surveys and recreation site inventories in eight Wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest. Jasonn says, "Trail surveys are a major part of the VWR (Volunteer Wilderness Ranger) program. The more information we can provide to the Forest Service, the better they can prioritize the hundreds of miles of trails that need to be maintained." Jasonn stands along the Blue Canyon Trail where he is conducting a trail survey. This multi-use trail supports equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. The Blue Canyon Trail is Upper Santa Ynez Recreation Area in the Santa Barbara Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest.
















Volunteer Group

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association - Pagosa Ranger District, San Juan National Forest

A photo of members of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association participate in a spring training tour The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association is a non-profit organization that provides educational experience through its interpretation services to the Chimney Rock National Monument in the San Juan National Forest. See the article to learn more about the Chimney Rocks Interpretive Association's activities.








Individual Trail Volunteer

Doug E. Goss - Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

A photo of Doug Goss receives congratulations from Forest Supervisor Tom Speak (right) hand and a letter of thanks from Chief Tidwell. Dougs mother stands at his side during the ceremony. This goodwill volunteer can see 2,000 visitors in a single day as he traverses back and forth on the Virginia Creeper trail providing help with bike maintenance. Click to read more information about Doug's activities on the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.










Volunteer Trail Group

Collaborative Trails Initiative - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

A photo of Volunteers performing duties on a Georgia trail. The Collaborative Trails Initiative (CoTrails) developed from a two-year community volunteer collaboration to discuss how to identify and maintain a diverse, quality trail system on Georgia's national Forests. Read more on their efforts on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.








Volunteer Coordinator

Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland

A photo of 2012 FS Volunteer Coordinator Kristy Wumkes Kristy helped expand the volunteer program on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District from 250 to 900 volunteers. She establishes and manages several volunteer groups and assisted the Forest Service at the national level developing a website to track volunteer accomplishments. Visit this article to learn more about Kristy's activities.














Volunteer Program Unit

Community Service/Sustainable Recreation Programs Unit - Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee's addition of new volunteer and environmental education coordinators increased the number of those benefiting from hands-on-activities.