Trish Patterson Student Conservation Association Award for Natural Resource Management in Small Parks
Paul Whitefield, natural resource specialist
Flagstaff area national monuments, Arizona
Whitefield has served the Flagstaff area with integrity and dedication for more than 12 years. He wrote and managed the Flagstaff area national monuments' Fire Management Plan and has proven extremely effective in training crews for complicated forest thinning efforts and in educating people about the importance of fire management.
He conceptualized, planned, and coordinated a project to map and catalog geologic features at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. At Wupatki National Monument, his work helped restore Heiser Spring, one of the three main water sources in the park.
Whitefield has supported innovative and exciting new developments in the inventory and monitoring of the federally threatened Mexican spotted owl. The work has enabled staff to better mitigate impacts to this threatened species and has led to safer conditions for field technicians.