Lake George - Laurel Gailor, Natural Resources Educator for Warren County Cooperative Extension, has been selected to receive one of two 2010 Distinguished Service Awards by the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents. This award is granted to two people each year in New York State that have conducted outstanding natural resources programs. Laurel is scheduled to receive this award in July at the agricultural agents' annual meeting in Tulsa, Okla.
Throughout more than 20 years of working with Adirondack forest owners, businesses and loggers, Gailor has focused on promoting good stewardship of the land while also assisting them in making their enterprises sustainable and rewarding, according to Jim Grace of the agricultural agents' association.
Gailor's efforts have also included educating youth and Master Forest Owner volunteers who assist in the program, passing on their knowledge to others.
"Collaborating with other agencies and organizations, she has promoted our forest industries here and abroad," Grace said. "Laurel's programs are designed to keep the big picture in mind when making the land pay."
Gailor has not only taught ecological forest practices, she's instructed others in logging safety and how to combat destructive invasive species, said Amy Sabattis of Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Gailor, a Lake George resident, also instructs water quality management and helps oversee county Cooperative Extension's horticulture programs, including Master Gardener instruction.
Through these programs, she shares her knowledge with hundreds of Adirondackers per year, Sabattis said. Her service area spans seven counties, including Warren, Essex, Washington and Hamilton.
A consistent participant in the Maple Education programs as well as chain saw and logging safety, Laurel has interacted with most all those actively working in the forests of the Adirondacks, Grace said.
"She has brought an energy and grasp of information that enables citizens to value our environment, including understanding the need to manage and harvest natural resources," Grace said.