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Forest Service researcher receives prestigious Presidential award
Date:12/13/2010

The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station officially announced today that Dr. Lee Cerveny, a research social scientist based at its Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Cerveny will be presented with the awardwhich is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careerstoday at a formal White House ceremony.

"On behalf of the four hundred employees of the Pacific Northwest Research Station, I want to say how proud we are of Dr. Cerveny's accomplishments," said Bov Eav, Station Director. "Her research into the human dimensions of natural resource management provides insights that help guide land managers as they consider options for land use decisions."

Cerveny was recognized for a decade of social science contributions that have elevated understanding of the human dimensions of natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In 1999, the same year she began working for the Forest Service, she launched a creative line of research examining the effects of a variety of social changesincluding a sharp increase in cruise ship travel and subsequent explosion in nature-based tourismon small communities in southeast Alaska. Since that time, her studies have expanded to include investigations of the use of science by recreation and fire managers and the role of partnerships in maintaining the Forest Service's organizational capacity.

Most recently, Cerveny launched a multiyear study to visually map human activities and important places in forests on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. The community-workshop-based project is identifying the diversity of recreation, cultural, historical, and economic connections residents have to the Olympic Peninsula, information that will help managers and planners there
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Contact: Yasmeen Sands
ysands@fs.fed.us
360-753-7716
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Source:Eurekalert

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