On March 14, regional forester Brian Ferebee honored employees and partners for their 2017 accomplishments during the annual regional forester's honor awards ceremony.
Award winners were recognized for innovative, highly impactful work that supports achievement of the Rocky Mountain Region's three priorities, which align with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service's mission, strategic plan, and priorities and USDA's seven strategic goals.
"Rocky Mountain Region employees and partners work daily to improve the work environment, create and maintain resilient landscapes, and connect with communities," Ferebee said. "The award winners demonstrate our three priorities in action and have gone over and beyond to care for the land and serve the American people," added Ferebee.
Safety Improvement Program -- Sean Brown, Dana Niksch, Paul Azevedo, Dan Huisjen, Roger Haga, Matt Vasquez, Mary Johnson, Thad Chavez, Brian Hoefling and Landon Litt were recognized for a safety improvement program.
The nordic trailhead rehabilitation project at the County Line parking lot on Grand Mesa earned an award for "Delivering Benefits to the Public."
Award recipients included GMUG employees Loren Paulson, Bill Edwards and Doug Marah; Dave Knutson of Grand Mesa Nordic Council; Kenny Mackey and Keith Stillings of CDOT; Keith Hatch of Mesa County; Ed Siaz of the Collbran Job Corps Center; and Dan Sickles of Delta County.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.