Park ecologist receives regional award


Athena Demetry, a restoration ecologist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, was presented with a 2014 National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management. 

The basis of the natural resource management award centers on Athena’s planning, design, and completion of the Halstead Meadow restoration project in Sequoia National Park. The project spanned 10 years and is notable for its large size and complexity, integration of cutting-edge wetland ecosystem science, inclusion of adaptive management by using improved methods over the project course, and a robust monitoring component to evaluate and share results with other wetland scientists and managers. 

In addition, Athena managed other projects, some which individually are also worthy of this award, reported Michelle Fidler, acting public information officer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon. These projects include the revegetation portion of Giant Forest’s restoration and development of Sequoia-Kings Canyon’s first invasive non-native plant management plan. 

Additionally, Athena created the parks’ marijuana garden reclamation program. She has had results and findings from her work published in a number of publications and reports.

Athena was nominated for the regional award by three colleagues: Tom Warner, park forester; Annie Esperanza, air resources specialist; and Sylvia Haultain, plant ecologist.

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