Montana’s Flathead National Forest recently recognized Samuel Rhodes, a senior majoring in forest recreation management, as a recipient of the 2016 FEAT Award.
Rhodes served as a developed recreation technician at the Spotted Bear Ranger District this summer as part of an 11-week internship through the Student Conservation Association.
Danny Crowley, a fellow SCA intern, said he nominated Rhodes because of his inspiring attitude and intellectual curiosity.
“His passion manifests not only with anecdotal facts and tips, but with an elevating call to action,” Cowley said. “This attitude has had the effect of lifting those around him to an appreciation of spiritual proportions of the wilderness and nature in general.”
Deb Mucklow, district ranger of the Spotted Bear District, said the award, which stands for Flathead Employee Action Team, provides and opportunity for peers to highlight the contributions of coworkers. Term, seasonal or permanent employees of the Flathead National Forest are eligible for this award.