CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest received two 2012 Regional Forester’s Awards on Nov. 28, for its outstanding contributions to reduce the Forest Service’s environmental footprint in the Northern Region.Teri Drivas, Sierra National Forest Recreation Officer, received the Excellence in Leadership award for her dedication, commitment and exemplary leadership on the forest, and the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew received the Partnership of the Year award in recognition for their support and partnership with the Sierra National Forest.
The two recipients were chosen from a list of 60 outstanding nominations highlighting individuals and groups in all program areas.
“To be honored amongst a region of great leaders is truly humbling. I have a great team, including many partners and volunteers, and together we have accomplished extraordinary results,” said Recreation Officer Teri Drivas. Her dedication to fulfill the Forest Service mission earned her regional recognition
Teri is a leader in underserved communities and for many youth beginning their careers. She provides interactive environmental discussion with the youths and provides them with insight on Forest Service employment opportunities. In addition, she also educates the community on their impact on the natural lands and importance of recognizing their ecological footprints by outreaching to communities and stationing informational booths.
The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew has a multifaceted program and worked on the Sequoia, Sierra and Mendocino National Forests. They provide routine trail maintenance on the Pacific Crest Trail, wilderness trails in the John Muir, Jennie Lakes, Monarch and Golden Trout Wildernesses, and general forest trails.
The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew restores bridges, maintains trails, demolishes abandoned mines and removes debris from marijuana cultivation sites. Over 3,000 volunteer hours have been contributed. In addition, the leadership of the trail crew works collaboratively with the Sierra National Forest on challenges to organize funding and to develop successful volunteer projects.
Regional Deputy Directors and former Sierra National Forest Supervisor Dean Gould, award the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew the Partnership of the Year award at the 2012 Regional Forester’s Award event in Sacramento on November 28th for their extraordinary accomplishments on the Sierra National Forest.