The U.S. Forest Service is honoring Jerry Miller, director of the Utah Parks and Recreation Division, for his leadership and promotion of interagency coordination of recreation activities.

Stan Tixier, forester for the service's five-state Intermountain Region, said Miller has worked closely with rangers from Utah's six national forests to promote public recreational opportunities.

"As a result of Miller's leadership," Tixier said, "the state and Forest Service have successfully implemented a recreation reservation system.

"This reservation system allows the public to call a toll-free number and reserve all state and numerous Utah national forest group and individual camping units as much as a year in advance."

Miller also has been a key state leader in promoting and planning the Great Western Trail through Utah, he said. The Great Western Trail will extend from Mexico to Canada, through five Western states.

"As a public service and to help boost the economy of numerous communities, Jerry has been involved in marketing the Utah national forests," Tixier said. "Through improved access routes and additional facilities, the public will find and enjoy those undiscovered special places in the national forests and other areas."