Forest Ranger District recognized by the Region
December 18th, 2018 by Eric Mart
SPRINGVILLE, Calif. – The Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest was awarded “District of the Year” at the 9th Annual Pacific Southwest Regional Forester’s Honor Awards Ceremony, held December 12, 2018 in Sacramento. District employees were recognized for their hard work and
dedication when managing heavy tree mortality, restoring Forest lands, working with partners, and providing exceptional service to the public.
Since 2016, the District has aggressively dealt with the tree mortality epidemic while maintaining a careful consideration for all resources. Many fire killed trees along roads were removed through commercial timber sales from areas burned in the 2016 Cedar Fire and 2017 Pier Fire. Proceeds are being used to restore the land; plant trees, clean up debris from creek bottoms, and rebuild infrastructure that was lost along roadways. In 2018, over 4,200 acres was treated to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires.
Forest Service personnel from across the Sequoia National Forest have teamed up with partners such as California Conservation Corps and Tulare County Fire Department in their efforts to manage the overwhelming level of tree mortality in and adjacent to local communities and recreation areas. District
personnel were recognized for excellence in communication, both internally and externally. District employees have proven they value each other, their partners, and the public they serve.
“Too often people overlook the broad, positive impact that public servants have on their daily lives. That’s why these Honor Awards are so important: through them we salute your amazing accomplishments. This year’s Honor Awards recipients are excellent examples of how dedicated Forest Service employees, and partners are making a difference,” stated Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region.