Forestry consultant Marty Main has been awarded the Oregon Society of American Foresters Tough Tree Award.

Forestry consultant Marty Main has been awarded the Oregon Society of American Foresters Tough Tree Award.

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated sustained, excellent professional performance in an extremely adverse work climate.

Main signed on as a forestry consultant with the City of Ashland in 1995 to implement the goals and recommendations of the recently approved Ashland Forest Plan. As the senior forester for the Ashland Forest Resiliency, or AFR, Stewardship Project, Main has worked with a high level of professionalism and integrity to accomplish resource management objectives in a challenging ecological and social setting.

Main's work in Ashland ultimately led to a helicopter-thinning sale in 2004. Through his ability to communicate and articulate resource issues to the lay person, Main has helped to build trust, which has helped to give the AFR Stewardship Agreement partnership the social license to implement restoration forestry activities in the Ashland Watershed, the society said.