Mike Lyndon Kaibab National Forest employee honored for innovative tribal partnerships
WILLIAMS, Ariz., Nov. 21, 2019 — A Kaibab National Forest employee was recently recognized for his excellent communication with local tribes and the development of innovative tribal partnerships related to all aspects of forest management.
Mike Lyndon, who currently serves as the forest’s tribal relations program manager, was the recipient of the Regional Forester’s Partnership and Engagement Award for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service. The award recognizes “effectively bridging the efforts of the Forest Service through collaboration with partners” and overcoming barriers “through valuable partnership agreements and innovative leadership,” according to the nomination guidelines.
“I feel like I accepted the award on behalf of all of the Kaibab employees who work to develop and maintain our many partnerships with tribes,” said Lyndon. “Strong relationships with tribes lead to better forest management and more opportunities for our agency to serve our neighboring communities. I feel really lucky to work with so many people who are dedicated to partnering with tribes to take care of our forests.”
The list of Lyndon’s accomplishments as part of his nomination was extensive, but several highlights emerged. One such highlight was Lyndon’s work in 2018 to bring the Kaibab and Tonto National Forests’ tribal relations programs together to partner with Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative. Lyndon and the project partners worked to develop a grant through the Forest Service CitiSci Competitive Funding Program.
The grant provides for a multi-year partnership to work with tribes […]