Nov. 28, 2012 – Distinguished Service Medal presented by the Boy Scouts of America for volunteer service to advance Leave No Trace education and training within the BSA.
Dr. Marion has provided 20 years of assistance to the Boy Scouts of America to incorporate Leave No Trace practices and ethics in BSA outdoor skills publications and courses. Jeff has provided significant input to the Scout Handbook, Scout Fieldbook, Merit Badge pamphlets, and numerous BSA courses. He was a founding member of the BSA Leave No Trace Task Force, a national group that guides LNT educational efforts within the BSA. He has also received the BSA Hornaday Gold Medal and Gold Badge Conservation awards for his Leave No Trace contributions to the BSA and public land managers.
Featured in the Leave No Trace Annual Report for substantial “Member Activism”.
Excerpt: “Jeff Marion, recreation ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech, has played a critical role with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics since the organization was formed. A founding Leave No Trace board member and long-standing member of the Center’s Educational Review Committee, Jeff’s research and activism have helped propel Leave No Trace programming. Through his advocacy, both academically and personally, Jeff has given the Leave No Trace Center support and exposure that keeps reaching more people to make outdoor use as sustainable as possible.”
The website for Leave No Trace is www.LNT.org.