Forest Service specialist named outstanding educator |

Forest Service specialist named outstanding educator

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Joy Barney, Conservation Education Program Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, was named as one of five 2011 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educators.

PLT is an environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation.

Outstanding Educators are selected for their commitment to environmental education, their use of PLT and their teaching skills.

Barney was recognized for creating conservation opportunities for the children and adults in five counties around Lake Tahoe and for forging creative and productive partnerships, such as the South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition. She created Generation Green of Lake Tahoe, a program in which high school students learn job skills, teamwork, and an understanding of natural resources. Many of these students have used this experience as a foray into other volunteer and paid opportunities.

After the devastating Angora Fire in the South Lake Tahoe area, Barney received a PLT GreenWorks! grant to create the Angora Burn Tree Education and Planting Project. Using PLT lessons, Barney engaged the community in the post-fire healing process. Generation Green and younger students also learned about and helped reforest the area.

Barney successfully uses PLT activities with children in grades K-12 and their parents, Scout leaders, Boys & Girls Clubs, and many others. In January and September 2010, she was invited to Baikal, Russia, to discuss how education can engage communities in understanding forests.

Barney will be honored at PLT’s 25th International Coordinators’ Conference, in Montgomery, Texas, June 6-9. Barney is also invited to attend the World Forestry Center’s International Educators’ Institute, July 10-16, in Portland, Ore.

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