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Beth Dodson Awarded State Level Citizen of the Year Award (2010)

Beth Dodson Receive AwardThe Society of American Foresters proudly honored Professor Elizabeth M. Dodson at a recent convention of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in Missoula. Beth Dodson was nominated for the State level Citizen of the Year award for her continued efforts in educating students at the University of Montana in technical forestry, enabling them to recognize common sense forest management and basic technical skills associated with designing silvicultural prescriptions and laying out timber sales. The U. of M. was recently awarded a stimulus funded “Jumpstart” grant for a section of their school forestland called the Bandy Ranch near Clearwater Junction. Students enrolled in the School of Forestry and Conservation were heavily involved with monitoring by inserting pre-treatment plots and analyzing the same plots post-treatment. Professor Dodson oversaw the project from start to finish and now students have a first hand knowledge of what it takes to actually harvest timber and how the project looks during operations. Beth Dodson is currently the Assistant Professor of Integrated Natural Resource Planning for the College of Forestry and Conservation at the U of M. She is also active with the Society of American Foresters where she has served as both the chair and vice chair for the Missoula Chapter. Every year, the SAF collects statewide nominations for the “Citizen of the Year Award” and honors one deserving individual at the State level. This person is recognized for their demonstration of significant effort in advancement of the profession of forestry, public education, active service to SAF, and other public outreach. “Beth is a great example of a professional forester who willingly shares her time and knowledge to improve forest health and help in her community. Beth’s dedication and enthusiasm for forestry have provided guidance to many future foresters attending the University of Montana and that in itself makes her the perfect selection for the Montana Sate “Citizen of the Year” award. The University is fortunate to have her on staff” says Holly McKenzie, the State Awards Chair for Montana SAF.

The Society of American Foresters is a Professional organization with 13,000 plus members in various fields of forestry across the United States. SAF offers continuing education opportunities and certified forester programs for their members. They are also active in lobbying to promote active forest management to keep our economy strong and our forests healthy here in the United States. To learn more, log onto www.SAFnet.org or Montana Society of American Foresters to see our websites.

Press Release 2010