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Campbell given lifetime achievement award

Local resident Allan Campbell is so committed to his volunteer duties that he only agreed to come to a lifetime achievement award ceremony in his honor if it didn't conflict with those efforts, said Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor.

Commissioners honored Campbell earlier this week for his decades of work as a forester and his extensive volunteer activities on behalf of children. He received a standing ovation and a plaque commemorating his receipt of the Jackson County Commissioners'  Chairman's Award, an annual award recognizing a local citizen whose lifetime achievements have made a profound difference in the lives of county residents.

As a trained Court  Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, Campbell acts as a child's voice in court in cases involving abused and neglected children.

Rachor said Campbell said he could attend the award ceremony only if it didn't conflict with one of his court cases.

Campbell has helped 28 children during his time as a CASA volunteer and is currently advocating for eight children, Rachor said.

He also has been active with the Boy Scouts and is a constant supporter of the program and the boys involved, Rachor said.

Asked to speak at the ceremony, Campbell looked out at the audience of his supporters and CASA staff members and thanked them. He said they deserved the award as much as he did.

"My first impression is I don't deserve this award," he said.

Campbell received a bachelor's degree in forest management and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He later obtained a master's degree in forest management-genetics and became an associate professor for Oregon State University's Extension Office. He was the extension forester for Jackson and Josephine counties for 23 years.

Rachor said Campbell worked well with everyone involved in forest and natural resource management, including landowners, scientists and loggers.

"He can talk to loggers and he can talk to environmentalists and he can bring them together," Rachor said.

Campbell helped set the stage for woodland management that considers multiple resources provided by forests, according to county officials.

Campbell has also served as board chairman of the Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, a member of the Jackson County Natural Resources Advisory Committee and a forester for the Southern Oregon Resource Conservation and Development Council. He has helped with the Sardine Creek Neighborhood Fuels Reduction Project.

Past recipients of the Chairman's Award are musician Don Maddox, retired cardiologist Dr. John Forsyth and Dr. Rita Sullivan, the executive director of OnTrack Inc., a nonprofit agency providing mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com.