WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Forest Recreation Association selected Tricia Maki as their 2019 Ranger of the Year. Maki is the district recreation staff officer on the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest.
The National Forest Recreation Association has presented the award every year since 1982. It recognizes extraordinary dedication in recreation management, and commitment to partnership with recreation service providers.
Eric Mart, president of California Land Management, the campground concessionaire on the Sequoia, nominated Maki for the award and says that he has always been impressed by her ability to step up when needed.
“Tricia is always more than willing to walk the extra mile to make sure our visitors enjoy their stay,” Mart said.
Luther Stephens from the rafting company Whitewater Voyages said that Maki’s work and input has helped operations run more smoothly than he can recall in 30 years of running trips on the Kern River.
“She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has helped us improve the program here on the Kern [River] immensely,” Stephens said.
Maki was officially recognized at the National Forest Recreation Association Conference and Trade Show awards ceremony in Reno, Nevada October 29, 2019.
Michiko Martin, the Forest Service’s director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources says that Maki exemplifies the Forest Service commitment to providing excellent customer service.
“Our concessionaires allow us to offer our visitors world-class recreation opportunities and without dedicated rangers and staff like Tricia Maki, there is no way we could be successful.” Martin said.
“We’re incredible proud of Tricia and all the staff that make these experiences possible,” Martin added.