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Awards / Honors

Alumnus and Forester Bob Sturtevant to receive national award from Society of American Foresters

October 24, 2013

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has announced that Robert Sturtevant, a Forester with the Colorado State Forest Service, will receive the John A. Beale Memorial Award - one of nine national awards that the Society is giving this year.

Bob SturtevantOutstanding efforts

The John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts over a sustained period of time by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society. Presented annually, the engraved award 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. The Scouts recognized Sturtevant as its Scoutmaster of the Year in 1991 and with several awards for his contributions to natural resources conservation and environmental protection.

Peace Corps service

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.

Sturtevant and the eight other award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the forestry profession during a ceremony at the 2013 SAF National Convention, being held this week in Charleston, South Carolina.

Society of American Foresters

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.