The protector of 1 million acres of national forest land plans to retire from the U.S. Forest Service next month.

Uinta National Forest Supervisor Don T. Nebeker is retiring after a 34-year Forest Service career. He has been supervisor for the Uinta National Forest since 1976.Nebeker was born in Richfield and educated at Brigham Young University and Utah State University. After receiving a bachelor's degree in range science, Nebeker went to the University of Montana for a master's in economics. He earned a doctorate in natural resource administration, constitutional law and behavior science at Michigan State University.

His long career with the Forest Service included assignments on the Dixie, Black Hills and the Manti-LaSal national forests.

The Utah Wildlife Leadership Coalition honored Nebeker as the "outstanding public administrator for 1990."

In 1988 he received two awards from the State of Utah: the Governor's Award for Special Achievement for "outstanding innovation and achievement in the recreation field" and the Governor's Award for Excellence for "outstanding achievement in promoting recreation and tourism in Utah."

Nebeker and his wife plan to stay in Utah after retirement. "Our home is here," Nebeker said.