A 34-year veteran of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has earned the Bronze Smokey Bear Award.
Toano resident Paul Reier, a forestry technician who protects and serves the
counties of Charles City, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King & Queen, King
William and New Kent, was nominated for the “energy, dedication, and commitment”
he demonstrated in countless Smokey Bear education programs.
“Paul works tirelessly, even after hours, to ensure Smokey is at numerous
fairs, special events, baseball games and schools. He partners with everyone
from local nursing homes to the local rescue organizations and fire
departments,” said Fred Turck, VDOF’s assistant director of resource protection.
“Paul always finds new ways to get Smokey Bear involved in community events and
is proactive in his efforts.”
State Forester of Virginia Carl E. Garrison III said, “I'm so glad to see
Paul's extraordinary efforts being recognized on a national level. He has been a
leader in wildfire prevention and education efforts for many years, and he's so
very good at making sure Smokey Bear's message (“Only You Can Prevent
Wildfires”) is understood by children of all ages. His work has been an
important part of our goal to reduce the number of wildfires casued by human
activity. Paul Reier is most deserving of this Bronze Smokey award, and I
congratulate him on his achievement.”
The Bronze Smokey Bear Award is the highest honor given for wildfire service
on the state level, and is reserved for people or organizations that provide
sustained, outstanding service in wildfire prevention. The award is sponsored by
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the National
Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council.
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