PUBLISHED: 3:49 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Alaska forester recognized by national organization
John A. Sandor, CF, will receive the Gifford Pinchot Medal from the Society of American Foresters. This award recognizes an SAF member who has made outstanding contributions in the administration, practice, and professional development of North American Forestry.

Sandor has worked for the US Forest Service for 39 years in a variety of positions, including staff assistant to Chief Edward Cliff; assistant regional forester in Atlanta, Georgia; deputy regional forester in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Alaska regional forester. After retiring from the agency, he became executive director of the Alliance for Juneau's Future and was one of the founders of the Juneau Gold Rush Commission, Inc. John was appointed as commissioner of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation from 1990 to 1994, during which time he also was a member of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Sandor has been an active member of SAF since joining in 1952. He has served on the National Council and on the Policy and Accreditation Committees. Sandor remains active in the Society in promoting education and action programs. He was named Fellow in 1984.

Sandor has received several awards, including the Alaska State Conservation Award of the Alaska Wildlife Federation and Sportsmen's Council in 1979; the USDA Superior Service Award in 1983; a Distinguished Service Award from the National Resources and Environmental Section of the American Society of Public Administration in 1987; the Alaska Federation of Native's Denali Award in 1994; and the Forester of the Year Award from the Alaska SAF in 1995. In 1999, he was honored as Juneau, Alaska's, Citizen of the Year.

Sandor will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held at the 2007 SAF National Convention, October 23-27, in Portland, Ore.

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SAF, founded in 1900, is the oldest and largest non-profit forestry association dedicated to promoting forest stewardship through science and education. The Society's award winning publications - The Journal of Forestry and Forest Science - cover the most significant developments in forest management and science. The Society encourages professional growth through conferences, certification, working groups, and peer-reviewed publications. The SAF membership comprises more than 15,000 forestry professionals involved in conserving forests across all forestry sectors: colleges and universities, local, state and federal government, private industry, and as consultants. For more information about SAF, go online to .