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Board of Forestry recognizes outstanding forest educator
Contacts: Doug Decker, 503-701-0236
Susan Sahnow, 541-737-3005
 
The Oregon Board of Forestry today recognized Simon Babcock, the forestry instructor at Philomath High School, for excellence in forestry education. During the Board’s meeting in Salem, Babcock received the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, which honors individuals and organizations making significant contributions to public education and understanding of forestry in Oregon.
 
Babcock, now in his seventh year as forestry instructor at Philomath High School (PHS), received the award based upon his enthusiastic and inspirational teaching style, his ability to engage his school and the wider community in creative and fun forestry education projects, and the positive effects his teaching has had on his students. Babcock has also been an active leader in the Associated Oregon Forestry Clubs.
 
Pete Tuana, recently retired superintendent from Philomath Public Schools, described Babcock as “tireless, bold and creative” in his forestry education work in the school and in the community.
“Simon’s unyielding desire to provide positive educational opportunities for all students has promoted the standing of the Forestry program to equal standing with all the typical science courses of Philomath High,” Tuana said.
 
The award honors Oregon Department of Forestry’s former Tillamook State Forest Education Coordinator, Mary Rellergert, who passed away in February 2004. Rellergert was a highly regarded forest education leader and founder of the Tillamook State Forest Education Program, which provides high quality forest learning experiences for K-12 students at the Tillamook Forest Center.
 
The 2010 Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award winner was selected by a panel of forestry educators from the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program at the Oregon State University College of Forestry, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and past recipients of the award.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Photos of the recipient receiving his award—and of him in action conducting forest education programs—are available. Contact Doug Decker, 503-701-0236, ddecker@odf.state.or.us