- November 14, 2014
- Posted by Kyle R. Martens
Montana Conservation Corps has announced the recipient of its 2014 Partner of the Year award. Roy Barkley, Recreation Program Manager with the Helena Ranger District of the US Forest Service, was selected for the award for his collaboration and support of an MCC crew during a restoration project on the Meriwether Trail in the Gates of the Mountain Wilderness.
“The piece that distinguishes Roy from our other many great partners was his beyond-expectations commitment to the crew,” said MCC Regional Director Tim Dwyer. “Roy and his staff provided excellent training and education pieces to the crew about the history of the trail and the surrounding area.”
Barkley, a 26-year veteran of the Forest Service, visited the crew throughout the project. On one such visit with the Helena Independent Record, Barkley said that working with the young people of MCC is a commitment to maintaining public access in the forest while bolstering the knowledge base of the Forest Service.
“It’s a huge benefit for us to have this workforce readily available. You’re kind of laying the groundwork because a lot of these kids are going to go on to have Forest Service careers, or maybe not a career but they’ll go on to be seasonal employees in the forest.”
Dwyer, who recognizes the challenges many districts face financially, spoke highly of Barkley’s willingness to support the crew and his ability to empower them to make decisions on the ground.
“Roy accomplished a lot this season for his district, but he also inspired an MCC crew to be all that they could be. Although this project was a difficult project and a large undertaking for the crew, the project was completed beyond expectations,” added Dwyer.
Barkley was presented the award during the end-of-service celebration for AmeriCorps Crew Leaders who served with MCC this year. The event was held at Boulder Hot Springs Resort.
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