News Release

Jason Anderson Named USDA Forest Service Technical Engineer of the Year

May 1, 2018

Asheville, NC — Jason Anderson was named the USDA Forest Service Technical Engineer of the Year. Anderson was instrumental in overseeing and collaborating with partners to ensure research in the management and control of invasive insects and plants will continue for the next 30+ years. He worked with the Southern Research Station, University of Georgia and the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service scientists to convert an underutilized FS storage facility into a state-of-the-art insect containment laboratory. He was also the national team co-lead to implement new technologies in FS engineering programs. His team focused on making Natural Resource Manager Database more field-friendly. He personally developed video tutorials on importing National Resource Manager data into Google Earth for basic mapping. Anderson was also instrumental in developing a database to collect and report energy and water use for Forest Service facilities.

Jason Anderson receiving his award

Emilee P. Blount, Director, Engineering, Technology and Geospatial Services, Jason Anderson and Deputy Chief Lenise Lago (USDA Forest Service Photo)