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Release Date: 04/30/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Worland's Jim Gates Receives Society of American Foresters Award

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Forester Jim Gates received the 2014 Field Forester Award from the Colorado–Wyoming Society of American Foresters (CO–WY SAF) at the society’s annual meeting April 25 in Colorado Springs.

 Jim Gates in the field.
BLM Forester Jim Gates measures a tree.
 Jim Gates receives the SAF award.
(From left to right)
Dave Walters (SAF
National President),
Jim Gates and Dave Cawrse
(CO–WY SAF 2014 Chair).
Gates was recognized for his dedication in the application of forestry on the ground using sound scientific methods, adaptive management strategies and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.

“I am honored and grateful to receive this award and I am thankful for all that the Society of American Foresters does to promote sound forest management,” said Gates, a BLM Worland Field Office forester since 2001.

Prior to that, Gates worked in forest and timber management, as well as wildlife habitat management, with the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Colorado; the BLM in western Oregon; and Idaho Fish and Game. Gates is the only BLM forester in northwestern Wyoming and his territory encompasses public land in the Bighorn, Absaroka, Wind River, Green and Owl Creek mountain ranges.

“Jim is recognized by his peers in the region as a leader in forest management,” said CO–WY SAF 2014 Chair Dave Cawrse. “He works cooperatively with the Wyoming State Forestry Division, U.S. Forest Service and Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, and his adaptive and innovative forest management activities on BLM land support small local businesses that depend in part on BLM forest products,” Cawrse continued.

SAF, founded in 1900, is a national scientific and educational organization and is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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