August 30, 2000
Chris Rowney
Executive Officer
Board of Forestry
(916) 653-8007


Two Honored for Excellence in Forest Management
Cal Expo Site for Francis Raymond Award


Sacramento - The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will present its highest honor, the Francis H. Raymond Award, to Sherman Finch and Ronald Adams, on Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. at the California Forest Center at the California State Fair. The Board, in making the award, recognized the many contributions to California forestry that both men have made over the years, but particularly recognized them for their efforts in coordinating activities at the California Forest Center which annually hosts over 500,000 visitors during the State Fair and provides over 50,000 free tree seedlings to the public each year. Their ongoing work has brought the message of California forests and forest management to people from all areas of the State. The Award is named for Francis H. Raymond who was the California State Forester from 1954 to 1970. Mr. Raymond was one of the primary advocates for passage of the Professional Foresters Law in 1973, which resulted in a licensing program to help assure professional standards in the practice of forestry. Since 1987, the Award has been made annually to individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to forestry in California. The California Forest Center is located behind Exposition Buildings A and B, adjacent to Waterworld USA.

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