Distinguished Service Award

Outstanding service deserves to be applauded.

2023 Award Recipient - Chuck L. Bushey, Jr. ’73

Chuck Bushey is a worldwide consultant for wildfires, recognized as a leader on how to fight them and how to prevent them in the first place.  His work has taken him to South America, Europe and Australia in addition to the considerable work he does here in the United States.

Chuck is a past president of the International Association of Wildland Fire and of Montana Prescribed Fire Services, where he performed duties as a fire ecologist, prescribed fire specialist, fire behavior analyst and fuel mitigation specialist.

Previously, he worked at the USDA Forest Service, at Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and at Systems for Environmental Management on fire research topics dealing with post-fire effects, fire use, wilderness fires, fire behavior and smoke management.

A few of his fire qualifications have included Fire Behavior Analyst, Wildland Fire Arson Investigator and Strike Team Leader. He holds a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and has authored more than 50 publications and reports.

Wildfires have grown to be an even larger issue than they were when Smokey the Bear ads ran regularly on TV, with more large fires, more extreme fire behavior and more acres burned annually on average. Helping us fight them and prevent them since he graduated from Monmouth College a half century ago has been Chuck Bushey.

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