A retired U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger and dedicated wilderness advocate was posthumously awarded for excellence in wilderness education, traditional skills leadership, decision making, and overall wilderness stewardship last month in Washington, D.C.

On Dec. 19, Deputy Chief of the National Forest System Christopher B. French announced the U.S. Forest Service 2019 National Wilderness Awards Recipients.

The Connie G. Myers Wilderness Education Leadership Award was given in honor of Connie Saylor Johnson who was cited for “educating the public about the wilderness during her 13 years with the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger, and 11 years during retirement as a full-time volunteer.”

During remarks at a celebration of life ceremony last summer, Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests said Johnson loved the wilderness, hard work, good people, “and just about any mule.” She said she took her job as a government employee with the Forest Service seriously and responsibly.

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