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Richard W. Trembath honored as the State Field Forester of the Year (2010)

Richard Trembath Receives AwardRichard W. Trembath was recently honored as the State Field Forester of the Year by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) at a Missoula conference. Each year, the SAF honors one of Montana’s 330 members who have worked in the field of forestry for at least 15 years. The individual must be recognized locally or regionally by peers for excellence in field application of forestry. They must also understand the forest and use science along with adaptive management processes to achieve landowner objectives and insure forest sustainability. “Rick Trembath is an excellent example of the type of forester we like to honor at the State level”, says the SAF Awards Chair, Holly McKenzie. “Rick has put a tremendous amount of time and energy into his community as well as his profession!” He has practiced forestry in the Flathead Valley since 1967 where he first worked on a firefighting hot shot crew for the Flathead National Forest. He finished his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1970 and started working for the Swan Lake Ranger District in Bigfork as a timber technician. Mr. Trembath stayed on with the Swan District working alternately in fire and timber sale preparations until he retired in 2003. Rick was the assistant Bigfork Fire Chief for 15 years from 1988 until 2003 and he is in his 21st year as a Type 1 Safety Officer for the Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team. Rick has been an EMT and volunteer on the Bigfork Ambulance crew for 28 years now….and in his retirement, he has started his own forestry consulting business that address fire risk assessment and fuels reduction work for private forest lands. Rick was instrumental in applying for and overseeing the Wildland Urban Interface grant for 3 fire districts that resulted in Bigfork being recognized as a National Firewise Community in 2005.

He is currently the secretary / treasurer for the Flathead Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, an active member of the Bigfork Rotary Club, former president and present secretary of the Lake County Fire Association, Trustee at the Bigfork Community Methodist Church, a Trustee at the Methodist Church Camp at Rollins, a member of the Bigfork Advisory Board to Flathead County Parks and Recreation. Rick is the father of two adult daughters and he resides in Bigfork with his wife, Nancy, who is a teacher.

The Society of American Foresters is very proud to recognize Rick Trembath as our 2010 Field Forester of the Year. His nomination will be submitted at the National level where he would compete with other State recipients of the award. 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 or Montana Society of American Foresters to see our State website.

2010 Press Release