2017 Chief's Honor Awards presented

WASHINGTON — Chief Tooke and agency leaders celebrated the efforts of employees at the Chief's Honor Awards Dec. 7. With these awards, the Forest Service recognizes employees who find innovative ways to embrace the goals of the agency’s strategic plan.

Award-winning projects range from innovative ways to involve volunteers with forest resource management, to a water simulation tool that makes predictions about interactions between water supply and deman by forests and humans, to multilingual projects. These accomplishments demonstrate significant achievements in performing work according to our national priorities. These teams responded to the needs and challenges faced by our forests and grasslands and the demands from our citizens.

The ceremony began with the presentation of colors by the Joint Services Color Guard, singing of the national anthem by a Coast Guard soloist and the Plege of Allegiance. Chief Tooke and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Dan Jirón gave opening remarks before the Deputy Chiefs presented the awards. Acting Associate Chief Lenise Lago was the ceremony's emcee. In addition, Max Stier, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for Public Service, presented Chief Tooke with the Service to America medal.

Photo: A group of people on stage. The first row is seated, and most are in Forest Service uniform.
The 2017 Chief's Honor Award recipients posed with agency leadership after the ceremony Dec. 7. Forest Service photo by Dominic Cumberland.

Photo: Close-up of hand-carved wooden bowl and bowl stand. The stand is carved with the Forest Service insignia and reads, 2017 Chief's Honor Award for Sustaining Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands, Yankee Fork Watershed Restoration Projects.
Chief's Honor Award recipients were given a wooden bowl and a stand with the category and project name. Forest Service photo by Dominic Cumberland.