February 3, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Gary Noland
Seeley Lake Ranger Tim Love was recognized by his peers when he was awarded the top citizenship award for the year by the Missoula Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
Gordy Sanders, the state chairman and a forester with Pyramid Lumber Inc. in Seeley Lake, presented the Outstanding Citizen Award to Love at the Missoula chapter's Jan. 18 meeting.
Bev Yelczyn, outgoing secretary-treasurer of the Missoula chapter, said Love was chosen from among the chapter's 200 members for his recognized leadership in several areas. The Missoula chapter is one of four regional chapters for the professional society in Montana.
In remarks read at the chapter's meeting, Sanders praised Love for exemplary leadership:
"In addition to his contribution as a professional forester with USFS, he is being awarded the Missoula Chapter's Outstanding SAF Citizen Award in appreciation for his outstanding professionalism and leadership in the areas of policy, communication, and advancing forest stewardship."
Sanders said Love was instrumental in communicating views of the society's position on such difficult issues as the upper Columbia River Basin study, threatened and endangered species plans and policies involving bull trout, cutthroat, and Canadian lynx, and forest certification.
"Tim also has overseen the development of SAF as a formal resource to state legislature and organized a legislative briefing by SAF for legislators during the 1999 session, and he has been involved in numerous natural resource based community activities including the creation of the Seth Diamond Memorial trail.
Love served in the U.S. Air Force and then attended the University of Montana in Missoula, graduating in 1979 with a B.S. in Forestry. He started his forestry career as a seasonal in Nine Mile and landed his first permanent position in Dickinson, North Dakota handling oil and gas leases. In 1984 he moved to Choteau as a resource assistant.
In 1990 he moved to Missoula as public affairs officer on the Missoula Ranger District and helped start the memorial at the Smoke Jumper Base Visitor Center. In the early 90's, he was back and forth between Seeley Lake and Missoula as Acting District Ranger and Assistant District Ranger until 1995 when he was named the Seeley Lake District Ranger.