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Forest Service Photo by Christopher Leeser Retired Forest Protection Officer Joe Langianese recently received the U.S. Forest Service Director of Law Enforcement and Investigations National Impact Award.

An officer who served 40 years in the Allegheny National Forest has received a National Impact Award from the U.S. Forest Service Director of Law Enforcement and Investigations.

Joseph Langianese joined the Bradford Ranger District in 1982 and retired from the Marienville Ranger District in 2021 as Recreation Manager.

All the while, Langianese was a forest protection officer.

He was recognized for “his decades of dedicated service as a Collateral Duty Forest Protection Officer and eight years of service as a Forest Service Reserve Law Enforcement Officer – 40 years of service conserving resources and protect people visiting national forests”, according to a press release.

“This price is a good surprise” said Langianese. “It’s an honor to be recognized for just doing my job.”

Langianese was nominated for the award by Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Jason Haberberger. “Langianese has served as a mentor to law enforcement officers, forest protection officers and other forestry employees,” said Haberberger. “He always demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to care for the land and serve the people.”

“This award is a well-deserved and appropriate tribute to Langianese’s commitment to educating the public, helping them become better stewards by encouraging them to be more accountable in their actions and to protect the resources of the National Forest. of Allegheny”, Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon said. “Our forest protection officers act as part-time assistants to our law enforcement officers. They perform this role in addition to their normal duties, as foresters, wildlife biologists, technicians and other specialties. To be successful they must be passionate about protecting forest resources and interacting with the public, they must be prepared to be an ambassador for the forest while also being prepared to confront members of the public who break laws that govern the use of the forest, they should be respectful and able to exercise consistent, calm, and sound judgment in every encounter.

“Langianese was exemplary in every instance and conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and concern for the safety of the public visiting the Allegheny National Forest,” Fallon said.

A ceremony was held at the supervisor’s office in North Warren, staff gathered to see Langianese accept the award. The event was national in which he was one of 10 recipients from across the country. Also present at the rally were local retirees Kurt Bowley, who was the 2014 Forest Protection Officer of the Year, and Herb Clevenger, who was the 2007 Forest Protection Officer of the Year.

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