Goosenest Ranger District receives partnership achievement award

The Six Shooter project demonstrates the power of partnerships to achieve significant conservation outcomes, support the timber industry, and address the ongoing wildfire crisis.

cover photo: Troy Parrish, Chris French (Deputy Chief, National Forest System), and Isaac Gansberg pose with the NWTF’s Making Tracks award.
Credit: National Wild Turkey Federation

Recipients of the NWTF’s Making Tracks Partnership Achievement award (from left to right) Chris French (USFS), Cherise MacDougall (CDA), Dale MacDougall (CDA), Troy Parrish (USFS), Marcus Neiman (FF), Jake Barlow (CDA), Lauren Archer (CDA), Isaac Gansberg (USFS), Candace Leong (CDA), and Jim Neiman (FF).
Credit: National Wild Turkey Federation

Yreka, Calif., March 11, 2024— The Klamath National Forest’s Goosenest Ranger District, California Deer Association, and Forestry First received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Making Tracks with the USDA Forest Service award that recognizes people and projects that best incorporate conservation education, partnerships, and wild turkey management.

The Making Tracks Partnership Achievement Award was awarded to representatives from the Forest Service’s Klamath National Forest, Forestry First (FF), and California Deer Association (CDA) for their collaborative efforts in stewardship agreements and the Timber Transport Pilot Project in California. The Partnership Achievement Program Award recognizes accomplishments in strengthening and expanding the partnership between the Forest Service and the NWTF.

“It was an honor to work with such a dedicated team to expedite hazard fuel reduction work, improve wildlife habitat, and transport timber on the Six Shooter project,” states Troy Parrish, District Fire Management Officer. “The professionalism, dedication, and tenacity to accomplish all this work in such a short time frame is incomparable.”

The NWTF implemented the Six Shooter project on the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest, which included harvesting 2,746 acres of fire-salvaged material that supported mill infrastructure in three states, and about 3,000 acres of habitat and fuels reduction work. This project was also the first project to test a rail transportation pilot that moved logs from an area where there was surplus timber to an industry partner in another state who lacked material.

With respect to the railway timber transportation pilot, partners sent approximately 713 truckloads of fire-salvaged material to Gilchrist Forest Products in Oregon, from which 82 railcars of logs were delivered to Wyoming. 

Working together to do something that hasn’t been done before embodies strong partnership. Despite overcoming many new obstacles, the players on the team had great individual skill sets that were maximized by everyone’s willingness to collaborate. Together the team worked through administrative and implementation issues to get a great project done for wildlife conservation, while supporting the timber industry and wildfire crisis strategy goals.

“I am grateful for the incredible teamwork, collaboration, and shared vision that brought us together as a team on the Six Shooter project,” states Isaac Gansberg, former Wildlife Biologist, currently a District Ranger on the Modoc National Forest. “Together, we have shown that by joining forces and combining our strengths, we can achieve remarkable results that benefit not only ourselves but the communities we serve. Huge thanks to everyone that made this all possible!”

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