Kelly Bush holds the 2013 award.
Kelly Bush, wilderness district ranger
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Bush has been a champion of wilderness values at North Cascades since before there was federally designated wilderness within the park. Beginning as a seasonal ranger in the 1980s and then as a wilderness patrol supervisor and wilderness district ranger, Bush has played an integral role in developing, shaping, and implementing the park's wilderness management policies and ethics. She was instrumental in the designation of the park's Stephen Mather Wilderness in 1988 and then had a significant role in writing the park's first wilderness management plan in 1989.
An effective collaborator, Bush has worked with subject matter experts on many interdisciplinary wilderness topics, including revegetation and plant propagation, wilderness character monitoring, and climbing. She has served as co-chair for the past seven years on North Cascade's Wilderness and Aviation Committee and as a field representative for three years on the NPS National Wilderness Leadership Council.
Bush's investment and commitment to growing wilderness stewardship is evident in her accomplishments. She has demonstrated, on multiple occasions, what it means to be passionate wilderness steward –asking difficult questions and grappling with wide-ranging and nuanced solutions.