Long-time forest ranger awarded Mike Manlove Memorial Award

The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee hosted an award ceremony for a United States Forest Service ranger Monday evening. Ranger Jon Benson was honored with the Mike Manlove Memorial Award for his 15 years of partnership and service maintaining BWCA trails.

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Guests met at the USFS Duluth office for a short program, the presentation of the award, and were able to learn more about former Ranger Mike Manlove and his commitment to the community.

Benson has been working in the USFS Tofte Ranger District.  With his help, the BWAC can given thousands of hours of volunteer work towards maintaining the BWCA. The award itself is named after former USFS ranger, Mike Manlove. He held a partnership with the BWCA in the 1990’s and early 200’s prior to his passing inn 2007. The award is named after him and is given to an individual who holds the same passion and spirit for maintaining the BWCA.