2008 Award Winners

Nikki Lohse (Lake DeSmet Conservation District), Wyoming

Nikki Lohse, working closely with the Forest Service, BLM and NRCS, manages a $3 million dollar sage grouse habitat program, with over 300,000 acres enrolled. This project is a wide-reaching conservation effort across private, state, and federal lands.

Steve Chick, Nebraska State Conservationist -NRCS and Scott Josiah, Nebraska State Forester

The Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska NRCS have a collaborative partnership that embodies the principles of Cooperative Forestry. The forestry programs from which Nebraska landowners continue to benefit would not have been possible without the strong support and leadership by State Conservationist, Steve Chick, and State Forester, Scott Josiah.

Greg Sundstrom, Colorado Forest Service

Greg Sundstrom works tirelessly to promote collaborative conservation and forest stewardship in Colorado. Greg represents CSFS on the NRCS State Technical committee and partners with the NRCS to promote forestry and engage our personnel in the Technical Service Providers program.

Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative (South Carolina)

This unique cooperative conservation project in Newberry County, S.C., is restoring and improving National Forest lands, as well as privately-owned acreage, in the Indian Creek Watershed. The Cooperative Conservation Partners of the Indian Creek Wildlife Habitat Restoration Initiative (WHRI) joined forces to restore and improve habitat for declining species that depend on grasslands and open forest stands.

Washington State Enhanced Forestry Partnership

In just a few years, this precedent setting collaboration and partnership has forged innovative ways to support forestry conservation activities on private lands. Through these collaborative efforts, EQIP forestry practices in Washington State increased 10-fold in just four years.

Maine Forest Working Group

This group helps promote agroforestry, alternative forest products and forestry issues throughout Maine by educating forest landowners about opportunities beyond traditional forest management. The exemplary group has developed an effective and inexpensive educational model that has directly reached over 400 landowners, representing over 10,000 acres of forestland.

Biomass Utilization and Restoration Network for the Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Numerous partners are working jointly on a multi-faceted woody biomass utilization project for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). The project is promoting opportunities in the UP to facilitate the development of an active and commercially viable woody biomass industry.