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Loganbill Awarded Conservation Planner of Year

Anita Brown, Public Affairs Director (530) 792-5644

Forester lends help in numerous post-fire settings

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2017—Andrew "Drew" Loganbill has been selected to receive the 2017 Conservation Planning Excellence of the year Award for California’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The award will be given at the annual partnership award dinner of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) conference in Sacramento on Nov. 16. 

Loganbill was singled out for his broad ranging and sensitive use of skillful conservation planning on diverse land types across eight counties and especially for his forestry assistance in post-fire landscapes.

Despite a heavy workload in his home office of Petaluma, Loganbill volunteered for assignment in numerous post-fire situations where his forestry expertise was in high demand.  In the course of a year he served in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey,  Santa Barbara, and Sonoma counties as well as serving as Acting District Conservationist in Del Norte County for 10 weeks.

“Drew has the passion and skill to help landowners all across the state including many suffering from traumatic loss,” said Acting State Conservationist Curtis Tarver. “Drew is sensitive to landowners needs and helps them make sound landscape decisions,” said Tarver. “While he knows the full range of options, he never pushes a Mercedes plan on a landowner more comfortable with a Ford.”

In Lake County alone Loganbill added 11 landowners to his work load, completing forest plans for them on their fragile fire-damaged landscapes to prevent erosion and protect other resources. Meanwhile, he continued to balance 101 contracts with customers in his home counties of Sonoma and Marin, said his supervisor Jennifer Walser, district conservationist in Petaluma.

Walser said that Loganbill is also adept at working with partners from the Gold Ridge RCD to Farm Bureau to CalFire and many, many others. He often leads conservation assistance in group settings to address erosion control, forest management plans, threatened and endangered species issues, GIS and more. “He also looks for mentors and generously mentors others,” she said.

Loganbill says he loves learning about different landscapes, different landowners and how conservationists can be successful in differing situations.  His biggest take home lesson from his experiences this year? “Listen to landowners—really listen, and don’t act like you know everything,” he says with a smile.