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Mount St. Helens scientist Peter Frenzen wins Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
December 28, 2010 12:54 pm

From Gifford Pinchot National Forest:

Monument Scientist, Peter Frenzen was bestowed the US Forest Service’s 2010 Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education at the annual meeting of the National Association of Interpretation in Las Vegas, Nev.

“A special place like Mount St. Helens deserves the best, and we have it in Peter. His passion for this place inspires us all,” said Gifford Pinchot Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton. “We are really happy to have his contribution recognized at a national level and we couldn’t agree more.”

The award recognizes Frenzen’s dedication to sharing the knowledge of scientific discovery and nature with volcano visitors, educators and students. Frenzen has led efforts to develop award-winning exhibits, educational programs, documentaries and news stories at North America’s youngest and most celebrated volcano.

“It has been my good fortune to work alongside an amazing group of scientists and educators in one of nature’s truly amazing laboratories and classrooms,” Frenzen said. “Starting next spring, volcano visitors will be able to experience the wonder of Mount St. Helens through brand new movies, exhibits and wayside signs developed with the assistance of our dedicated partners and National Recovery Act funding,” he continued.

“Nature’s amazing destructive power and capacity for renewal will be revealed in exciting new ways through the magic of state-of-the-art photography and technology.”

“It’s especially gratifying to receive an award associated with one of the fathers of Conservation and the namesake of our own Gifford Pinchot National Forest,” Frenzen added.

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