The Southwest Section of the Society of American Foresters (SSSAF) has recognized Jeremy Kruger, the Bureau of Land Management's New Mexico Forestry Program Lead, as the 2013 Forest Manager of the Year.
The award goes to a Society of American Foresters (SAF) member in a management or supervisory position who displays strong support for and involvement in the larger SAF. Kruger's credentials for the award include his serving as the BLM New Mexico forestry lead, serving as manager of the "Restore New Mexico" program, and serving as Chapter Chair for the New Mexico Chapter of the SSSAF. The SSSAF seeks to advance professional forestry in New Mexico and Arizona.
Colleagues were quick to support Kruger's achievement.
Craig Wilcox, the SSSAF Chair, said that Kruger provided the New Mexico chapter with "a much-needed shot-in-the-arm" by encouraging colleagues to become involved with the SSSAF and SAF.
"Jeremy has done a great job revitalizing the BLM New Mexico forestry program and promoting forestry both internally and externally," added BLM Senior Forester Kathleen Radigan.
Kruger was honored at an SSSAF awards banquet in Willcox, Arizona, on February 22.