FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark Presents a Volunteer Hero Award to Ron Downing
Award presented at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented Ron Downing with a Volunteer Hero award at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In, an annual volunteer trail improvement event at the Capitol State Forest. Volunteer Heroes are nominated by the public and chosen, based on their sustained service, superior performance, leadership, and commitment to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) volunteer program.
Goldmark presented a certificate, a jacket, and a Volunteer Hero patch to Ron Downing at the Pack-In. Downing has been a strong supporter of the Great Gravel Pack-In from the event’s beginning.
“Ron Downing is a dedicated volunteer who inspires the best in all of us. His enthusiastic support makes events like the Great Gravel Pack-In a great success,” said Peter Goldmark. “It is a pleasure to recognize Ron’s volunteer accomplishments today.”
Mr. Downing is a long-time volunteer of DNR. He has contributed hundreds of hours to develop equestrian trails in the DNR-managed Elbe State Forest. His passion for equestrian recreation opportunities has been passed down to the numerous volunteers he organizes and trains to develop sustainable trails.
Mr. Downing is a great leader with an ability to organize reliable pack animals and riders. He has used these skills to help make the Great Gravel Pack-In a success, year after year, for the last eight years.
Volunteer Hero Award
Volunteer Hero Award recipients were selected from a pool of individuals nominated by the public in September. DNR received nominations for 19 volunteers from across the state. Two other volunteers, Tom Faubion and Bob Langley, received their award at a 2012 recreation leadership meeting in Seattle.
DNR will open up nominations for the 2013 Volunteer Hero Award in September.
For photos and additional information about the award, please visit DNR’s blog: Volunteer Hero Ron Downing Honored at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In
Media Contact: Diana Lofflin, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1169, Diana.Lofflin@dnr.wa.gov
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