NASF recognizes excellence in state and private forestry, wildland fire

WHITEFISH, Mont.—The National Association of State Foresters honored several individuals at its annual meeting today for their extraordinary contributions to state and private forestry.

The NASF Awards Committee reviews dozens of worthy nominations for the association’s lifetime and current achievement awards annually. This year’s award winners are:

  • Jim Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award – Gene Kodama, South Carolina
  • Pete Anderson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection – Ken Pimlott, California
  • Steven Scott Current Achievement Award for Urban Forestry – Tim McDonnell, Kansas
  • Ken Arney Current Achievement Award for Forest Resource Management – Doug Denico, Maine
  • Jeff Jahnke Current Achievement Award for Leadership – Doug Crandall, Washington, D.C. (Oregon)
  • John Shannon Current Achievement Award for Partnerships – Cecilia Clavet, Washington, D.C. (West Virginia)
  • Michael Buck Outstanding Service Award for Forest Public Policy – Bob O’Connor, Massachusetts

“Each of this year’s honorees contributed to the forestry community in exceptional ways, above and beyond the call of duty,” said Joe Fox, Arkansas state forester and NASF Awards Committee chair.

“Take for instance California State Forester Ken Pimlott, the recipient of the 2018 Pete Anderson Current Achievement Award for Fire Protection, who has been an active participant on the NASF Wildland Fire Committee for over a decade, hosted numerous NASF meetings, given several impactful presentations, and even testified before Congress on wildfire risk. Ken is truly a leader in wildfire management that has helped shape national wildland fire policy for the better.”

“To all of this year’s awardees: we appreciate your tremendous work in support of healthy and productive forests and congratulate you all for jobs well done.”

Media Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook at or 202-624-5417

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