honors exemplary U.S. Forest Service employee
LANDER, Wyo. - January 30, 1999 -- John
Neeling of the U.S. Forest Service has been
honored by the National Outdoor Leadership
School for his work in outdoor education.
Neeling received the 9th Annual NOLS Stewardship
Award during ceremonies at the Outdoor Retailer
show in Salt Lake City on Jan. 30.
Neeling is a wilderness and trails specialist
with the Kaibab National Forest in Freedonia,
"John works far and above his normal
duties to involve user groups in stewardship
of the land," said Willie Williams,
program supervisor for NOLS Southwest. "He's
the southwest coordinator for the Leave No
Trace program and spreads the word passionately."
No Trace (LNT) program brings responsible
land use principles to the nation's outdoor
recreationists. It provides tips and techniques
for minimum impact backcountry recreation.
Neeling manages trails, wilderness patrols,
LNT education, and backcountry management
for the 68,000-acre Kanab Creek Wilderness
and the 45,000-acre Saddle Mountain Wilderness
in Northern Arizona.
Each year, NOLS, the leader in wilderness
education, honors land managers who have
exhibited exceptional stewardship of the
wildlands entrusted to their care. Since
1990, NOLS has recognized employees of the
BLM, the National Park Service, and the U.S.
National Outdoor Leadership School