Former Forest Service employee honored in Manchester

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MANCHESTER >> Former Forest Service employee, John Clough, unexpectedly died on March 1, 2012. Clough worked on the Manchester Ranger District as a Recreation Technician from approximately 1988 to the early 1990's. In response to his passing, the Clough family and friends raised a sum of money, which was donated to Green Mountain National Forest. The Forest decided to utilize the donation to erect an interpretive sign dedicated to John Clough, which highlights the benefits of the Nordic Integrated Resource Project and the Forest's Timber Program. The Nordic Project included habitat treatment actions focused on the Forest's efforts to effectively manage key wildlife corridors. The sign was placed on the French Hollow Road, in the town of Winhall for public interpretation. Clough's daughter, Ashley Kibling, gave her appreciation to the Forest Service for the work that it took to complete the sign and commented that, "Dad was the happiest when in the woods and felt it was important to preserve the forest for generations to come. And if he wasn't home, that's where he was, in the woods."

Forest Service employee, Frank Thompson, stated that he had occasionally worked with him (Clough) on the Pine Marten Restoration Project and the Stratton Black Bear Study. "He was a friend of mine, an avid outdoorsman, and a native Vermonter proud of his heritage," said Thompson.

Manchester District Ranger David Francomb said, "The interpretive sign project served as an opportunity to remember the work of a past employee as well as a way to connect forest visitors with the work we do on the ground. Sometimes that work is either not recognized or misunderstood. This sign briefly explains some of the management actions we take on the ground with a hope of inspiring additional inquiry or investigation by the viewer."


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