COLUMBUS, OH - Four individuals with careers in the field of forestry were honored Wednesday at the Forest of Honor ceremony at Zaleski State Forest near McArthur. The Forest of Honor was established in 1987 to recognize people who have made significant contributions to forestry in Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Forestry honored four individuals and their families with a tree planting ceremony.
"We are pleased to recognize these people for their outstanding contributions to forestry in Ohio," said Robert Boyles, chief of ODNR's Division of Forestry. "This special occasion highlights the importance of conservation practices and land stewardship, which benefits every Ohioan."
Randy and Koral Clum of Clum Forestry Consultants of Dover were recognized for their leadership in the professional forestry community as well as the high standards of woodland stewardship they share with their clients. A tree was planted in the Forest of Honor for the couple's significant and ongoing contributions to forestry in the state.
Individuals honored for their contributions to the advancement of forestry through their work as employees with ODNR's Division of Forestry were Jeff Reutinger, who served as a maintenance repair worker at Scioto Trail State Forest in southern Ohio, and Cloyce Riddle, retired district forest manager who worked from the New Philadelphia and Findlay offices. Both men were honored with a tree planted in the Division of Forestry Employee Grove.
The Forest of Honor's purpose is to vividly recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have contributed significantly either to accomplishing the Division of Forestry's mission or the advancement of forestry within Ohio.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio's public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio's woodlands, forest health and tree care, visit ohiodnr.com/forestry
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com