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U.S. Forest Service National Honorees for Accessibility Accomplishments


White Mountain National Forest


Individual National Honor Winners


Terrie Jain, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Since 1991, Terrie Jain, research forester based at the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Moscow, Idaho, has worked with a friend who has a disability. Through that she developed an awareness of how important independence, integration and dignity are for a person who has a disability in all areas of life, including at work and in recreation. Because of her awareness in all of the above described situations, she is able to not only plan in advance for inclusion of fellow employees but also provides for awareness for all Rocky Mountain Research Station activities and assists in the planning of events that may include someone who has a disability.



Diana Jones, Clearwater National Forest
Jones has been an advocate, planner, designer, and implementer of universal design concepts for more than 20 years.  As the forest landscape architect on the Clearwater National Forest, Diana transformed the recreation facilities on the forest from dilapidating and inaccessible, to some of the highest quality recreation settings and opportunities in the agency’s Northern Region. Integral to each facility improvement has been the incorporation of universal design concepts. Due to Jones’ efforts, the Clearwater National Forest has the second highest percentage of accessible facilities in the Region. Of the 440 recreation units on the forest more than 70 percent are accessible. Nationally, the Clearwater is now one of the top five forests for providing accessible recreation facilities. Jones also engages local community groups and partners to gain greater perspective and to build consensus, ownership and pride.


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Ken Allen, White Mountain National Forest
Allen is the forest accessibility coordinator and a forest landscape architect.  As landscape architect, his philosophy as a landscape architect is to blend the needs of the visitors within the built environment with the natural environment ensuring accessibility is maximized without changing the setting or the experience. Ken’s projects have been large and small and include recreational day use areas and facilities, campgrounds and administrative facilities. Through his roles and contacts within the Forest Service and partnering agencies and groups, he brings his enthusiasm and leadership to help inform and educate all to move toward full inclusion and the independence and dignity that comes with that for everyone.



Kate Stephens, Utah Conservation Corps
Stephens developed and implemented an Inclusive Toolkit for the Youth Conservation Corps nationwide.  The toolkit is a process to survey and document accessibility conditions at developed recreation sites utilizing inclusive crews made up of youth with and without disabilities who work as a team. Kate developed the inclusion program to ensure there would be an integrated opportunity within the Youth Conservation Corps and to meet the need that federal land management agencies have for accessibility assessment of their recreation sites. She also provided input to the Forest Service in the development of an electronic Accessibility Database.  That database will be linked to a website where the public can access, review the information, and decide if they are able to use the site. The Utah Conservation Corps Inclusive Crew won national awards for the crew model they developed, and the model for their crew is being replicated at other corps groups across the nation. The group was honored by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation as Inclusive Champions for the development of the Inclusive Crew model and toolkit.



Dean Robertson, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Over the past few years the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has installed many new accessible toilet buildings in developed campgrounds with special project funding. However, the toilet installation contracts did not include construction of accessible pathways. Robertson met the challenge to make all of these new toilets fully accessible for all users. He designed and built accessible porches and pathways or ramps to the 13 new toilets in seven campgrounds, completed a retrofit at the Mount Adams Ranger Station, and designed and built an accessible ramp to Peterson Prairie Rental Cabin. No two sites are alike because of topography, vegetation and soils. Not only are thousands of visitors benefiting from Dean’s work every year, his work serves as a great example to other districts, and he also serves as a forest resource ready to assist other districts as they plan and work on accessibility projects.


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