Forestry alums recognized at SAF convention

Forestry alums Scott Kuehn ('81) and Amy Helena ('04) won awards at the 2014 Society of American Foresters national convention. MSU Extension Forester Peter Kolb, based here in Missoula, also won an SAF award.

Scott Kuehn received the John A. Beale Memorial Award to recognize outstanding efforts over time by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to SAF. "A 33-year member of SAF, Scott Kuehn has demonstrated sustained leadership and tireless promotion of forestry since 1980, when he served as president of SAF student chapter at the University of Montana," the convention program notes. Also highlighted is Kuehn's 22 years of work with the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula to host forestry days and Kuehn's involvement in the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Builds in 2000 and 2002 - and again this year. Kuehn also regularly presents at Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp.

Amy Helena received the Young Forester Leadership Award for her development and promotion of an individual program or project and a sustained leadership role benefiting forestry and the SAF. "A rising star in SAF, the forestry profession, and Montana's forestry community, Helena is a valued colleague and an increasingly influential voice within the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation," the program states. Also highlighted is Helena's service while a student at UM as communications chair of the student chapter of SAF, treasurer of the UM Forestry club, membership on the Woodsman's Team, and organizing the Foresters' Ball. Helena has been an active member of Montana's SAF chapter since 2008 and has served as secretary-treasurer, chair-elect, and chair. She also helps with Habitat for Humanity Blitz Builds, the annual forestry day at Fort Missoula, SAF's Forestry Interpretive Area, and the SAF Leadership Conference. She also presents at the Forestry Mini-College, and is the MT SAF liasion for the Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp.

Peter Kolb received the Technology Transfer Award to recognize outstanding performance in the areas of technology transfer, implementation, and extension. "Kolb is an extension specialist, scientist, teacher, landowner, and practitioner who is well-grounded in silviculture, forest ecology, soils, forest insects, fire, and forest operations," according to the convention program. Kolb's professional highlights include developing cross-agency collaborative agreements between MSU Extension, MT DNRC, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Natural Resources and Conservation Service. Kolb has received the Communicator of the Year Award from the Montana Wood Products Association, the Educator of the Year Award from the Montana Tree Farm Program, the Two Chiefs Partnership Award from the chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service and the NRCS, as well as a Fulbright Scholar Award.