Two standout DNR employees were honored for their efforts with special awards presented by Secretary of State Sam Reed.
Guy Gifford, DNR NE Region Fire Prevention Forester and Stewardship Forester, received the Extra Mile Award. As a fire prevention specialist Guy Gifford goes the extra mile when it comes to visionary thinking. He tapped into the energy of the Boy Scouts of America for fire prevention efforts. He also provides advice to forest landowners in parts of Spokane and Lincoln counties. Recently, Guy has been going the extra mile in covering extra workload due to a vacancy in the workgroup. He frequently works weekends and evenings to complete the job and provide timely service. Even with the extra workload, Guy always maintains a positive attitude.
Rette Bidstrup has worked for the DNR for over 40 years. She is the manager for the Northeast Washington Interagency Communications Center and received the leadership award. Rette inspires staff by setting examples every day. She demonstrates integrity and strong work ethic at all times. Rette has worked through the worst of fire seasons, hundreds of lightning strikes, “FireStorm 91,” and years of devastating wildfires that most have forgotten. Rette’s ability to remember these fires and lessons learned has been central to leading the staff at NWICC in being successful. She brings calmness and yet inspires her staff to work quickly in dispatching resources.