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Courtney Couch Johnson (’92) earns U.S. Forest Service award)


Aug. 15, 2017 – Courtney A. Couch Johnson (’92) B.S. forestry and wildlife of Kamiah, Idaho, a fire prevention specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, received the agency’s 2016 Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Award. This national accolade, given to employees for achievement in environmental interpretation and conservation education, is named in honor of the first Forest Service chief.

Per the Idaho County Free Press, following the 2015 fire season that impacted several North-Central Idaho communities, Couch worked with partners to develop program focused on offering emotional healing to grade school youth affected by traumatic 2015 fires. The outreach effort, called “Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves: Exploring the Ecological and Psychological Influences of Fire in Our Communities around the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests,” also helped students understand the restorative nature of fire.

Read the full Idaho County Free Press article.


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