Horticulture instructor Bruce Nelson has been named the recipient of the 2013 Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award. This award, named in honor of Mary Rellergert, who was a tireless advocate for forestry education, is designed to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of public information, education and understanding of forestry.
Nelson teaches a variety of courses at Clackamas Community College, including arboriculture, organic farming, insect identification and pruning. His love for plants, people and insects (not necessarily in that order) encourages him to also use his talents in many ways outside of the traditional classroom setting.
He has volunteered for many years with Friends of Trees, helping them to train volunteers, and assisting with tree planting projects. He also helps his neighborhood elementary school plant and maintain trees on the school grounds. He and his wife grow a large garden at home to provide fresh produce for meals and preserving.
The Rellergert Forestry Education Award is awarded by the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program. Nelson was selected for his passion and dedication to forestry education and for his work engaging adults, educators, and youth in learning about Oregon forests.
The award will be presented at the Oregon Board of Forestry meeting on March 5 in Salem. For more information, please contact Loretta Mills at 503-594-3292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.