Arkansas Agriculture Department Honors Forestry Commission Personnel

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission honored personnel on Thursday at its biennial Agency Day for their accomplishments in managing and protecting Arkansas forests and residents. The awards included a special presentation of a national Bronze Smokey Bear award, Employee of the Year awards, employee Service Awards, and a Partnership Award.
Rusty Cowart of Garland County received the Bronze Smokey Bear Award, the highest honor awarded by the U. S. Forest Service for outstanding work and program impact in wildfire prevention, for his creation of the Arkansas Jr. Wildland Firefighter Guide. The award was presented by U.S. Forest Service Ouachita National Forest Supervisor Norman Wagoner, State Forester Joe Fox, and Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward.
“Bronze Smokey Bear awards are given to organizations or individuals that have provided outstanding service with significant impact within a state. Only ten of these are awarded nationally each year, and we are honored to present a Smokey Bear Award here in Arkansas,” said Wagoner.   MORE
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