KAMIAH -- Scott Godfrey, vegetation and stewardship staff officer on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, was recently recognized alongside USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority in the state of Idaho.
Godfrey was one of five who was recognized for outstanding execution of the Good Neighbor Authority in the state of Idaho, which is helping the USDA Forest Service improve forest conditions on National Forest System lands and supports one of the strategic goals of “ensuring productive and sustainable use of our National Forest System lands.” The award was presented by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to representatives that were able to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 12.
Good Neighbor Authority was originally authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and allows the USDA Forest Service to enter into agreements with state forestry agencies to complete critical land management projects, keeping National Forest System lands healthy and productive. Idaho has spearheaded this national program since its inception, with five Good Neighbor Authority timber projects sold in the state so far. Income from Good Neighbor Authority timber sales is being used to complete restoration projects on National Forest System lands across the state.
The first two Good Neighbor Authority sales in the state of Idaho were located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The forests’ Good Neighbor Authority agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands was also recognized with a USDA Forest Service Regional Forester’s Honor Award in 2017.
“The best part of the Good Neighbor Authority is watching how this program adds to what we do on the forest to support our local communities and economies,” Godfrey said.
Godfrey has worked for the USDA Forest Service for nearly 30 years, having spent the past 13 years on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. He currently works in the forest supervisor’s office in Kamiah and supervises the timber, silviculture, geographic information system (GIS), and project planning (NEPA) programs on the forest. Godfrey lives in Grangeville with his wife, Cindy, and daughters Tessa and Taryn. They also have a grown son, Travis.