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USU Forester Mike Kuhns Receives Distinguished Service Award

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011


USU Wildland Resources Professor Mike Kuhns

Wildland Resources Professor Mike Kuhns, director of USU Forestry Extension, received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award given jointly by the Utah Community Forest Council and the Utah Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.


illustration poser for United Nations' 2011 International Year of Forests

Among Kuhns' current endeavors is promotion of local awareness of the benefits of trees as part of outreach efforts during the United Nations’ 2011 International Year of Forests.


I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree” wrote Joyce Kilmer in a famous poem dedicated to his mother-in-law in 1913.

Most Utahns appreciate the beauty of trees and thanks to the efforts of Utah State University forester Mike Kuhns, we’ve probably picked up a tip or two about how these towering plants benefit our lives.

Kuhns, professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources and director of USU Forestry Extension, was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Utah Community Forest Council and the Utah Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. He was recognized in a ceremony at the organizations’ annual joint meeting Jan. 24, in Sandy, Utah.

“Dr. Kuhns has worked with the Utah State University Extension Service to produce many extraordinary methods and products to educate the citizens of Utah about the wonderful benefits of trees,” read a citation presented to Kuhns at the gathering. “(His) most notable legacy is his dedicated efforts to teach the citizens of Utah in a wide variety of venues for over 20 years with dedication and enthusiasm.”

With Box Elder Country Extension Agent Lyle Holmgren, Kuhns developed USU’s award-winning TreeBrowser website, an interactive database containing information on more than 240 native and introduced trees growing in Utah and the Intermountain West. He is the author of “A Guide to the Trees of Utah and the Intermountain West,” as well as a number of academic papers in refereed professional journals.

Kuhns, who joined USU in 1992, currently serves as president of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, a national group of more than 400 cooperative extension service professionals working in environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife and related disciplines.

Among his current endeavors is promotion of local awareness of the benefits of trees as part of outreach efforts during the United Nations’ 2011 International Year of Forests.

“One of the most critical benefits of forests we receive here in Utah is clean water,” Kuhns says. “Most Utahns live in urban valleys next to national forests. Our drinking water requires remarkably little treatment thanks to the amazing natural filtering functions of our forests.”

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Contact: Mike Kuhns, 435-797-4056, mike.kuhns@usu.edu

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517, maryann.muffoletto@usu.edu





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