The Legend Awards are given to seven federal land managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. Stan has demonstrated significant contributions in all of the criteria that constitute this National award over his 34-year career.
Stan is a true “renaissance man” when it comes to the recreation profession. He participates in all facets of recreation planning, program and facility development, operations, partnerships, and monitoring. All of this has taken place in the unique setting that is the Columbia River Gorge, one of the first congressionally designated National Scenic Areas in the country and still just one of a handful that exist nation-wide.
Stan is committed to customer service and has earned the trust, respect, and appreciation of the many co-workers, partners, and individuals he has worked with over the last two decades. Stan has become “the Forest Service face of the Columbia River Gorge.” Stan Hinatsu truly is a legend. The Forest Service is grateful for the amazing service that Stan has contributed throughout his career, and we are proud that he is receiving this recognition.