Char Miller, the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, was honored with the Forest History Society's highest award, the title of Fellow, at the group's annual meeting on March 15.
The award is typically bestowed on those who have provided many years of outstanding leadership and service to the Society or many years of outstanding sustained contributions to the research, writing or teaching of forest, conservation or environmental history. In announcing the honor, Society President Steven Anderson noted that Dr. Char Miller qualifies in both categories.
At the same meeting, Miller also received the American Society for Environmental History's first Public Outreach Award for his blog Golden Green. The Committee noted that, "with Golden Green, Char Miller provides an accessible, smart, relevant and fascinating look at how the public and the environment have interacted in the past and today. It is a perfect first-time winner of the ASEH public outreach project award, melding the best of academic research, historical craft and public commentary on a platform that's clearly reaching a wide audience." The blog, which explores environmental issues in the West, is published on KCET.org.
Miller is the director of the environmental analysis program at Pomona and a former member of the FHS Board of Directors. He is the author of 10 books, including On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (2013), Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013) and Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy (2012). In addition, he is the editor or co-editor of 10 more volumes and a regular contributor of essays, commentary and reviews to professional journals, newspapers and online media.