Ruth Norman – Forestry Achievement Award Recipient

2015 ForestryAchRuth was recognized with the 2015 Forestry Achievement Award by NorCal SAF at the 2016 Winter meeting held at Santa Rosa Calif. Ruth has been a SAF member for 32 years. She joined as a student at Humboldt State University.

Ruth served as the treasurer of the Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter for several years and as the Secretary of NorCal SAF in 2005. But what distinguishes Ruth’s service to the Society is her consistent participation at Society meetings, field trips and attendance at national conventions. She is a consistent and prolific donator to the Forester Fund auctions. Ruth spends her year visiting a local flea market to find unique items that would be of interest to donate to Forester Fund auctions at both national conventions and state society meetings. She  was a consistent volunteer at Forest Conservation Days at Sanborn Park, only missing the year she was attending the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fire academy..

Ruth has an AA degree from Diablo Valley College, received her BS degree in Forestry and MS in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. She worked seasonally for the US Forest Service on several forests and was picked up permanently on the Modoc NF as a co-op education student and eventually also worked on the Shoshone and Tahoe national forests. She eventually went to work for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection under an Interagency Personnel Act Agreement to help the department respond to a growing number of comments on Timber Harvest Plans. She eventually transitioned to the State permanently and works out of the Santa Rosa office.

Ruth is also an active volunteer in her community, with her church, donates blood, and has worked on Habitat for Humanity projects

We congratulation Ruth and thank her for her dedication to serving and participating in the Society of American Foresters!

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