The man who’s been the public face of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument since shortly after the eruption in May of 1980 is getting national recognition for his work. The U. S. Forest Service announced yesterday that Peter Frenzen has been presented with the 2010 Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education. Forest Service officials say that the award recognizes Frenzen’s dedication to sharing the knowledge of scientific discovery and nature with volcano visitors, educators and students. They say that Frenzen has led the efforts to develop award-winning exhibits, educational programs, documentaries and news stories at the volcano in our back yard. Gifford Pinchot Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton says that a special place like Mount Saint Helens deserves the best, and she says that they have that in Frenzen. Frenzen says that it’s been his good fortune to work with an amazing group of scientists and educators in a truly amazing place. He also says that it’s “especially gratifying” to receive an award associated with a “father of Conservation,” also being the namesake of our own Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Gifford Pinchot was the very first director of the Forest Service, serving in that post between 1905 and 1910.