August 28, 2017
Custer, SD– Three Black Hills National Forest employees were recently selected to receive the Rocky Mountain Region – Inspiring Women Award.
Amy Ballard from the Mystic Ranger District was selected in the category of Outstanding Outreach, Volunteerism and Partnerships. Amy has run the Moon Walk program for the past 20 years. She was instrumental in starting the Women in Science program 10 years ago and part of a statewide effort to bring science to rural grade school students via a teleconferencing system.
Laura Burns from the Hell Canyon Ranger District was selected in the category of Outstanding Leadership Achievement. She has led her team by providing excellent public service in recreation, trails, special use permits, wilderness management and roads management. She has been a community leader in representing the district on county land issues, working with federal highways on road projects and coordinating various volunteer groups to complete recreation facilities construction, preservation on historic properties and trail maintenance. Laura will retire on Sep 1, 2017 with over 38 years of service in the U.S. Forest Service.
Ami Schlosser from the Hell Canyon Ranger District was selected in the category of Outstanding Scientific Achievement. As a professional archaeologist, she leads her team in recognizing and recording the diversity of cultural artifacts found on the landscape. Her team has conducted extensive work in preserving historical structures including Harney Lookout Tower on Black Elk Peak and the Meeker Ranch.
“This well-deserved recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication and professionalism demonstrated by employees across the forest,” said Mark Van Every, Forest Supervisor.
The Black Hills National Forest has approximately 250 permanent and about 200 seasonal employees that embrace the U.S. Forest Service motto, Caring for the Land and Serving People.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visithttp://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.