USGS Scientist Honored by Natural Areas Association
USGS scientist Charles Van Riper was presented with the Natural Areas Association George B. Fell Award during their annual conference, September 20-23, in Flagstaff, Arizona. This award represents the Natural Areas Association's highest level of recognition and is awarded annually, in honor of the founding member who dedicated his life to the protection of natural areas, to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of leadership in natural areas stewardship. The award recognizes accomplishments that have significantly advanced natural area preservation, protection, and management, and is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the qualities of professionalism exemplified by George B. Fell through his lifelong dedication to protecting natural areas. The award also recognizes professional activity applied toward stewardship of natural areas and the protection and understanding of natural diversity. The Natural Areas Association works to provide support and information services to those concerned with the preservation of natural areas and natural diversity through members which include natural area managers, stewards and conservationists working for public and private agencies or nonprofit organizations, researchers, and educators.