Lansing, Michigan – November 5, 2015 – Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh recently received the Michigan Forest Products Council’s annual Tuebor Award for his work promoting the continued growth of Michigan’s forest products industry.
“I’d like to thank the Michigan Forest Products Council for this honor and for their continued partnership with the DNR,” Creagh said. “The positive relationship between the state and the industry is a solid foundation for sustainably managing public and private forest lands, creating jobs and supporting Michigan’s regional economies.”
In recognizing Creagh, the Michigan Forest Products Council cited the DNR director’s:
- Efforts to help reach record timber production.
- Role as a key adviser for the Governor’s 2013 Forest Products Summit and a support member on the DNR’s Timber Advisory Council.
- Efforts to recognize and respond to forest industry opportunities.
- Boots-on-the-ground approach in solving industry challenges.
“Director Creagh has been, and continues to be, a leader for Michigan,” said Michigan Forest Products Council chairman, Ron Salisbury. “Over the past four years, he has an accomplished record as a public servant, particularly his successful effort to help continue the progress the forest products industry has made since the Governor’s first Forest Products Summit in 2013.”
Creagh received the award at the Governor’s 2015 Forest Products Summit, held in East Lansing, Michigan. The event brought together 150 representatives from industry, government, the financial sector and academia to continue actions started at the Governor’s 2013 Forest Products Summit to encourage growth of wood-using industries in the state.
The Tuebor Award recognizes significant accomplishments in business and natural resource policy. Recognition focuses on leadership in support of well-managed forests that are vital to Michigan’s quality of life, environment and economy.
The state’s forest products industry contributes $17.8 billion per year to Michigan’s economy and supports 87,000 jobs.
For more information about the DNR’s work promoting and growing Michigan’s forest products industry, visit www.michigan.gov/forestproducts.
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