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Dec. 3, 2014 —COLLEGE
STATION, Texas—One Texas A&M Forest Service employee is being recognized at
this year’s CLEAN GULF Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio for his
dedicated efforts in helping the Texas General Land Office acquire new boats to
help monitor and protect the Texas shoreline.
Forester Kelly Scott was instrumental in the procurement of five RB-S boats
from the U.S. Coast Guard and helping to repurpose them for Texas GLO’s use,
saving the state approximately $1 million.
“It all started
with a phone call from a guy by the name of Johnny Porter asking about boats,”
That phone call
would spur a two-year partnership between TFS and Texas GLO.
After the U.S.
Coast Guard retired their old RB-S boats, TFS worked swiftly to secure five of
the boats using the Federal Excess Personal program, eventually distributing
the boats to five of Texas GLO’s coastal locations.
and dedication to helping the GLO is beyond reproach,” Texas GLO Project
Manager Johnny Porter said. “He recognized the need and worked to get and an
approval of the project through the General Services Administration. All
through this process, we worked many hours with Kelly and he was always eager
and willing to help; spending many hours coordinating efforts for us. He
represented the state of Texas and TFS in the brightest light possible.”
ceremony will take place at the Henry B.
Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St, San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
“I feel honored
to receive the commendation on behalf of the people involved in helping this to
happen,” Scott said. “This was a joint effort between many state and federal
partners. Hopefully these will be useful tools to the Texas GLO in furthering
their mission and by extension ours to better serve and protect our state.”
worked for TFS for 15 years and worked specifically with the FEPP program for
over 13 years. Traditionally through the FEPP program, previously owned DoD
property is acquired by USDA Forest Service and then loaned out to a state forester, who may then place it with
local departments to improve local fire programs.
tremendously honored to see Kelly Scott receive this prestigious award,” TFS
Capacity Building Department Head Jason Keiningham said. “As an agency, we are
proud to help build the response capacity of the GLO in protecting our shores.
The completed project truly demonstrates excellent interagency cooperation for
the greater good of Texas.”
Land Office annually recognizes companies and individuals for their efforts to
go beyond the required provisions of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act,
who take proactive steps to enhance the protection and preservation of our
Texas General Land Office
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