James Garner, a former State forester and Nature Conservancy board member was the recipient of the 2006 McCarthy Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Garner is a native of Amherst County, Va. Since 1958, he has played a valuable role in successfully planning, promoting and implementing the vital programs and services of the Virginia Department of Forestry. As assistant chief of forest management, Garner initiated the first state-operated aerial spray program and herbicides research in 1976. His past honors and awards include the 1989 State Conservationist of the Year and Virginia Tech’s first Outstanding Alumnus in 1996.
Lifetime Achievement Award