PORTLAND, Ore. June 27, 2003. Awards for superior research and
volunteerism were recently given to several Forest Service scientists.
All the researchers are on staff at the Pacific Northwest (PNW)
Research Station, USDA Forest Service; three at the Station's Corvallis
Forestry Sciences Laboratory.
Ron Neilson, a bioclimatologist at the Station's Corvallis Forestry
Sciences Laboratory, was given the Secretary's Honor Award from
USDA Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. Neilson was honored for
maintaining and enhancing the Nation's natural resources and environment
and for his contributions to understanding the potential impacts
to ecosystems, water resources and fire regimes under climate change
at regional, national and global scales.
Gordon Reeves, a research fish biologist, also at the Corvallis
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, won Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth's
Honor Award in the "natural resource stewardship" category
for helping build a strong foundation for management and conservation
plans in aquatic ecosystems, and for contributions to conservation
biology and natural resource management.
Roy Silen, a retired geneticist and volunteer at the Corvallis
Laboratory, won the Chief's Volunteer Program National Award for
his contributions to helping measure studies, documenting and maintaining
long-term studies, publishing, and for making an important difference
in advancing forest genetics research. Silen also was cited for
being a knowledge source for other scientists and for maintaining
a historical record of forestry research in the Pacific Northwest.
Bob Szaro was given the Chief's Honor Award for global stewardship.
Szaro, a Deputy Station Director at PNW Research Station, was recognized
for sustained efforts in contribution to the improvement of global
forest stewardship, promoting U.S. foreign policy objectives, contributing
to the improvement of international forestry, and establishing innovative
and effective partnerships to further international objectives.
The PNW Research Station headquarters is in Portland, Oregon, with
10 laboratories located in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. The Station
has about 500 employees.