DEEP: Connecticut Joint Forestry Team Recognized with “Two Chiefs’ Partnership Awards”

March 18, 2014
 
Connecticut Joint Forestry Team Recognized with “Two Chiefs’ Partnership Awards”
 
Several staff members from United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System were honored yesterday, March 17th at the annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. The award – known as the “Two Chiefs’ Partnership Award” – recognized significant improvements assisting private landowners through coordinated interagency delivery of forestry and conservation assistance for working forests. Established at the signing of a 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, the team successfully increased private landowner awareness and use of NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for forest management plans, forest health treatments, tree plantings, and reforestation activities.
 
The award recognizes exemplary employees and projects from the Forest Service, NRCS, State forestry agencies, and conservation districts who have worked collaboratively to support conservation and forest stewardship.
 
“With over 80% of Connecticut woodlands privately owned, the decisions landowners make regarding the current use and future conditions of their woods has a tremendous influence on everyone who calls Connecticut home.” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. “From the water we drink and the wildlife we enjoy watching, to the forest products we build and heat our homes with, we owe a debt of gratitude to Connecticut woodland owners who make informed stewardship decisions. These NRCS landowner assistance programs provide this critical information.” 
 
“We can all be thankful for the hard work and long hours put in for Connecticut’s forests and family land owners,” said Terry Miller, U.S. Forest Service field representative to the Northeast. “The Two Chiefs’ Award isn’t won, it is earned.”
“The dedication of our state’s private forest landowners is the reason for the success of this team,” said Lisa Coverdale, Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist. “Their commitment makes collaboration not only possible, but easy. I know this group effort will continue – our way of life depends on it.”
 
In addition to improving the implementation of EQIP, the team successfully completed five NRCS contribution agreements with Resource Conservation and Development Councils, the DEEP Wildlife Division, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. These agreements promoted woodland and wildlife management and established a Strategic Watershed Action Team which supported outreach, education, forest mapping, and natural resource inventories. The group also worked together to increase the number of private businesses who are NRCS forestry-qualified Technical Service Providers that make direct on-the-ground improvements.

Recognized team members are:
  • Sherwood Raymond, DEEP Forester
  • Larry Rousseau, DEEP Forester
  • Robert Rocks, DEEP Forester
  • Douglas Emmerthal, Supervising DEEP Forester
  • Robin Adamcewicz, DEEP Biologist
  • Paul Rothbart, Supervising, DEEP Biologist
  • Judy Wilson, DEEP Biologist
  • Tom Worthley, UCONN Extension Forester
  • Doug Zehner, former NRCS State Conservationist
  • Jay Mar, former NRCS State Conservationist
  • Nancy Ferlow, NRCS State Resource Conservationist
  • Mark Edmonds, NRCS Resource Conservationist
  • Joyce Purcell, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist
  • Fernando Rincon, NRCS Landscape Architect
  • Robert Purcell, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician
  • NRCS Field Support from the following offices:
    • Windsor
    • Torrington
    • Norwich
    • Hamden
    • Danielson
For more information about DEEP private landowner assistance and the NRCS EQIP Program, visit DEEP: Cooperative Landowner Assistance,  and Environmental Quality Incentives Program | NRCS.
 
{Photograph of Award Recipients }
 

 

Photo from left to right: Doug Emmerthal – DEEP, Christopher Martin – DEEP (presenter), Thomas Worthley – UConn, Terry Miller – USFS (presenter), Sherwood Raymond – DEEP, Lisa Cloverdale – NRCS (presenter), Larry Rousseau – DEEP, Joyce Purcell – NRCS, Nancy Ferlow – NRCS, Mark Edmonds – NRCS, Fernando Rincon – NRCS, Robert Purcell – NRCS