Former Forest Service Chief Receives Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award

Jan 14, 2002

The LBJ Foundation is pleased to announce that the fourth winner of the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award is Michael P. Dombeck, recently retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service. The award consists of a three-inch silver medal, graven with Mrs. Johnson's image on the obverse. The reverse bears a likeness of the famous Treaty Oak of Austin, Texas. A check for $1,000 accompanies the medal. The Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award was established by the Board of Directors of the LBJ Foundation to underscore the lasting devotion of the former First Lady to conservation and to the environment.

Recipients are chose for their bipartisan, collaborative approaches to problem-solving, particularly in the political arena. Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island, Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee, received the first award. The second went to Laurance Rockefeller, for a lifetime achievement in service to conservation; the third to Conservation Fund Chairman Patrick Noonan. Prior to his time as head of the Forest Service, Dr. Dombeck was Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, in the Clinton Administration.

He has been noted for his organizational management skills, and his positive approach in building coalitions to resolve difficult issues. The Award selection committee members are William Reilly, former Secretary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Henry L. Diamond, former Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in New York State and Washington, D.C.; Story Clark Resor, prominent land conservationist in Wilson, Wyoming; and Cathleen Douglas Stone, former Chief of Environmental Service for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Dombeck plans to travel to Austin on March 18, 2002, to receive the award at a 12 p.m. luncheon given at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Dr. Dombeck will be introduced by Bob Armstrong, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals.