BLM forester receives national service honor

Blair Moody, a forester with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District, received a Presidential Field Forester Award from the Society of American Foresters at its National Convention in Spokane, Wash.

He was one of nine SAF foresters to receive the award during the Oct. 25 gathering.

The award recognizes forestry professionals who have displayed uncommon talent and innovative methods in the art and science of forest management, according to Paul Kangas, chairman of the SOF's Siskiyou chapter.

Moody received the award in recognition of his decades of forestry professionalism and excellence, Kangas said.

In 2011, Bruno Meyer, a forester employed by Indian Hill LLC based in Grants Pass, also received SAF's Presidential Field Forester Award.

After working as a forester in the private sector, Moody joined the BLM's Medford District in 1999 as a special forest products forester. He helped develop and initiate BLM stewardship contracting and served as team leader in developing the Southwest Oregon Interagency Biomass Utilization Strategy.

In 2011 he became a "service first" forester for both the Medford BLM and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. His collaborative efforts have led to the Solutions for Forests Conference, the precursor for Oregon State University professor Norm Johnson's and University of Washington professor Jerry Franklin's Applegate Pilot project. The project showcases the two professors' ecological restoration principles.

Moody began his forestry career in 1975 with Southwest Forest Industries in Williams, Ariz. In 1986, he was transferred to the company's operations in Medford, where he was promoted to logging manager.

In 1994 he became the administrative and logging manager for Southwest Forest Industries and its successors, Stone Forest Industries and US Forest Industries.

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