Sen. Gibbs honored for support of Colorado forests |

Sen. Gibbs honored for support of Colorado forests

Sen. Gibbs

State Sen. Dan Gibbs (D-Summit County) received the 2010 Citizenship Award from the Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters Friday for the promotion of “sound and thoughtful public policy regarding forest management” and for his dedication to forest health and fire protection.

After receiving his award, Senator Gibbs passed Joint Resolution 37, in which he declared April 23 as Colorado Forest Products Day to honor “the economic and environmental importance” of state forests. The Legislature recognized the invaluable contributions Colorado forests make to industry, animal habitat, water recreation, and overall quality of life.

“Our state forests are a valuable and precious resource that we must work tirelessly to protect,” Senator Gibbs said. “I am honored to receive this award from such a distinguished group of forest workers, natural resource professionals, educators and scientists.”

Sen. Gibbs is a volunteer wildland firefighter who has worked throughout his legislative career to support forest industries, manage Colorado woodlands and protect mountain communities. He recently was invited to testify in front of the United State Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests to discuss the imminent threat posed by the bark beetle epidemic in Colorado forests.

The Society of American Foresters is nation-wide scientific and educational organization that represents professionals in the forestry industry since 1900. Every year, the Colorado-Wyoming branch presents awards to individuals who have made lasting contributions to forest health, knowledge and awareness.

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