James S. Bedwell, ASLA
LaGasse Medal recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions
to the management and conservancy of natural resources and/or public
lands. Nominees in the Landscape Architect Category must be a landscape
architect or hold a degree in landscape architecture and possess
a minimum of ten years experience in the profession.
James S. Bedwell, ASLA, of the USDA Forest Service, has
been selected to receive the LaGasse Medal in the Landscape Architect
Category for his leadership in management and conservancy of
natural resources and public lands. The LaGasse Medals are named
in honor of the late Alfred B. LaGasse, a former executive vice
president of ASLA who championed proper management of the nation's
public lands and natural resources. Mr. Bedwell began his career
with the Forest Service in 1979 and served in landscape architecture
and recreation management positions in Tucson, AZ; Santa Fe, NM;
and San Juan, PR prior to becoming Forest Service Chief Landscape
Architect from 1996 through 2000. In that role, he was hailed for
his leadership in outdoor recreation accessibility, scenic byways,
scenery management, and the timely delivery of tools and resources
to more than 300 landscape architects who work for the Forest Service.
Of Specific note was his leadership in the development of the Forest
Service's Built Environment Image Guide, the first national design
guide for the agency since the Civilian Conservation Corp in the
1930s. He is currently Forest Supervisor for the Arapaho
and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
in Northeast Colorado.
Read the nomination letter by
Rodney L. Swink, FASLA, past president of ASLA, and endorsements
David G. Holland, USDA Forest Service, A.
Durand Jones, National Park Service, William
M. Larsen, ASLA, USDA Forest Service, The
Honorable Mark Udall, US House of Representatives.
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