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Date: July 5, 2013

Scientist Honored with Forest Service Awards

FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 5, 2013 – U.S. Forest Service Scientist Nancy Shaw was recently honored with the Agency’s Asa Gray Career Achievement Award in Botany. This award recognizes a Forest Service employee who, throughout their career, has demonstrated dedicated leadership, excellence in natural resource management, and outstanding commitment to working with other agencies, states, Native American Tribes, non-governmental organizations and volunteers in the field of botany. Shaw, a Research Botanist at the Aquatic Sciences Laboratory in Boise, Idaho, has conducted research on native plant ecology and development and ecological restoration for uplands and riparian areas for the last 34 years, and collaborated with researchers and professionals at more than 20 federal and state agencies, universities, seed regulatory organizations, and other organizations. She works closely with land managers, the native seed industry, Tribes, students, and the general public to promote the use of native plant materials, the need for conservation of native landscapes, and volunteerism for restoration projects.

Shaw also received the Agency’s Excellence in Native Plant Materials Development Award for outstanding, sustained, dedicated leadership in the use of local native plants. She continues to provide leadership in organizing and leading the Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project - a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service that provides native plant materials to help restore disturbed sagebrush and juniper-pinyon rangelands of the Great Basin. (Photo of Nancy Shaw available upon request – 970-498-1372)

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.


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