DNR Forest Service Honors Top Employees of 2015

July 27, 2015

Shannon Wolfe, Ranger of the Year

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service has honored three top employees for their significant contributions to help enhance and conserve Maryland’s forests.

The winners are: Jamie Weaver, Forester of the Year; Shannon Wolfe, Ranger of the Year; and Sue Mahanes, Employee of the Year.

“It is with a great deal of pride that I announce the winners of the 2015 Forest Service Annual Awards,” said Donald VanHassent, acting director of the forest service. “These individuals have gone above and beyond the norm in order to achieve the goals of the Maryland Forest Service. I want to thank them for their outstanding service over the past year.”


Jamie Weaver, Forester of the Year

Weaver, a Special Rivers Watershed forester working in the Baltimore/Carroll County Project, has helped advance streamside buffer goals by working closely with landowners to accomplish Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program site remediation. He has established over 100 acres of established riparian forests that will remain in CREP for an additional 10 to 15 years. He also completed CREP survival inspections on 278 acres, invasive plant and weed control projects on 100 acres, reinforcement plantings on 32 acres, new CREP Plans on 8,200 linear feet of buffers, and compliance inspections on 27 acres.

Wolfe, assigned to the St. Mary’s/Charles County project, “provided outstanding technical service through forest data collection and GIS mapping for 35 forest stewardship Plans on 926 acres, and completed 38 forestry inspections,” according to VanHassent. Wolfe coordinated the southern region tree-planting bid and seedling pick-up, while also leading the effort to complete the Dennis Trail Grant at Doncaster Demonstration Forest.


Sue Mahanes, Employee of the Year

Mahanes demonstrated exceptional work accomplishments and customer service as the central region administrative officer. “She has the primary responsibility of tracking regional expenditures and revenues, and was instrumental in the processing of more than 11,000 annual and daily use permits for the Elk Neck shooting range,” said VanHassent. Mahanes is also directly responsible for the coordination and administration of the roadside tree permitting process.

“I also want to thank those individuals who nominated all the candidates for each of these awards,” said VanHassent. “Lastly, I want to thank Kenneth Jolly, associate director of the forest service, for organizing this effort and the rest of the review team for making the decisions. I always find it very difficult to pick the winners as all the nominees have done excellent work. Once again, congratulations to Jamie, Shannon and Sue!”

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland’s forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov

One Response to DNR Forest Service Honors Top Employees of 2015

  1. Dickie Johnson on July 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Congrats to all. Shannon, we just spoke on the phone this morning. If I had seen this before we spoke I would have congratulated you then…. Good work…….