Keetch received the award based on the ground breaking work completed to implement the
first- ever Stewardship Agreement with the Mule Deer Foundation in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service.
The agreement calls for initially treating 150 acres of wildlife habitat and also includes up to 800 acres of timber marked and prepared for treatment in a forest restoration and resiliency project. Additional treatments will be added to the agreement as funding is acquired toward increasing the beneficial work.
The stewardship agreement is another tool that can be utilized to improve/ restore habitat on Forest System Lands with partners. This allows more habitat improvement work to occur and provides for partnership involvement.
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are proud of the distinguished work being accomplished toward enhancing wildlife habitat, improved forest health and making forests more resilient. Keetch looks forward to continuing to build the partnership between the Forest Service and organizations like the Mule Deer Foundation to treat important habitat areas on the Forest.