Maria Fernandez-Gimenez receives Mongolian Ministry's highest award
Outstanding achievementsThe award is presented to individuals working in the agricultural and food industry sector for at least 15 years with consistent good results and outstanding achievements.
In addition to her international award, Fernandez-Gimenez also received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Orlando on Feb. 12.
Fernandez-Gimenez is a professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. She has conducted ongoing research on Mongolia’s social-ecological systems since the 1990s, and has made significant contributions to scientific knowledge of Mongolia’s rangeland systems and pastoralist communities.
This award was presented to Fernandez-Gimenez in recognition of her 20-plus years of cumulative actionable research and ongoing efforts to collaborate with Mongolian policy makers and communities to strengthen their capacity for sustainable stewardship. Much of Mongolia’s history, livelihoods, and culture revolve around nomadic herding, and Fernandez-Gimenez’s work has drawn international attention to critical issues facing the country such as climate change, pasture land tenure, and land-use policy.
I don’t do science just because it is fun – even though it is. I am motivated to answer questions that are going to solve problems, sustain ecosystems and improve livelihoods for people,” said Fernandez-Gimenez. “This award was a great surprise and means so much to me. It’s recognition that it all made a difference – that our team has made a meaningful contribution in the eyes of the people benefitting from this science and the students I have worked with.”
Catastrophic Wildfires Ignite New CSU Center for Managing ‘WUI’ Wildfire Risk
The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship is part of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources and has a long history of education and research programs in wildland fire and collaborative management. The College has faculty expertise in wildland fire behavior and management, fuels management, fire policy, and fire economics and suppression. It also offers award-winning undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wildland fire and has a variety of research and extension initiatives dedicated to the issue.
Society of American Foresters 2013 National Convention and Awards
At the Convention, Robert G. Sturtevant, a Warner alumnus and forester with the Colorado State Forest Service, will be presented the John A. Beale Memorial Award. One out of only nine national awards presented by the SAF, the John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society. The engraved award is presented annually and includes a cash honorarium of $500.
Sturtevant embodies the spirit of John Allen Beale. He has provided invaluable leadership for SAF, the Boys Scouts of America, numerous community programs, and, most recently, the US Peace Corps. Sturtevant was named SAF Fellow in 1999, and awarded the Colorado-Wyoming SAF’s Outstanding Mentor in 2010 and Citizenship Award in 2012. During his Peace Corps service in Ethiopia, Sturtevant actively solicited donations to improve the working conditions of forestry workers in Ethiopia. With donated funds he purchased much-needed equipment, which helped both the local economy and improved safety for the forestry workers in the region. After returning to the United States, he resumed his active support of the Colorado State University SAF Alpha Student Chapter as its adviser.
SAF CSU Alumni Reception
The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship will host an alumni reception at the Convention from 6:30-8:30p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Embassy Suites. There will also be a celebration honoring the founders of the CSU SAF Alpha Student Chapter.