National association honors two trailblazers in forestry with 2020 awards

NASF 2020 Award recipients are honored for above and beyond contributions to the forestry community.

WASHINGTON—After thoughtful review, the National Association of State Foresters Awards Committee has chosen a worthy individual and organization to receive 2020 NASF Awards for their outstanding contributions to state and private forestry. They are:

  • The Georgia Forestry Foundation (John Shannon Current Achievement Award for Partnerships)
  • Rae Tamblyn (Leah MacSwords Current Achievement Award for Communications)

“The Georgia Forestry Foundation is the recipient of the 2020 John Shannon Current Achievement Award for Partnerships because they have created a terrific model for using online educational programming to illustrate the role working forests play in our everyday lives,” said Joe Fox, NASF president, NASF Awards Committee chair, and Arkansas state forester. “Their interactive digital platforms and innovative online games—created in partnership with groups like Georgia Public Broadcasting—bring forestry into classrooms and homes, not just across Georgia, but around the world.”

Rae Tamblyn, this year’s recipient of the Leah MacSwords Current Achievement Award for Communications, is proof that one communicator can make a difference,” said Peter Church, NASF Awards Committee incoming chair and Massachusetts state forester. “As the manager for partner and community engagement at #forestproud, Rae has nurtured ambassadors for forestry and built trust within the forestry sector nationwide with her organization’s treasure trove of original social media content.”

Ordinarily, NASF Awards would be presented each year at the association’s annual meeting in September. This year is a little different: the 2020 awardees will be celebrated individually during 2020 and again in-person at the NASF 2021 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on September 9th. More information about next year’s annual meeting will be made available on NASF’s website.

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