Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award – 2006

Award: Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award

Recipient: Edward M. Warner

Citation published in: The Outcrop, Nov. 2006, p. 28

The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents Edward M. Warner with its Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award for his contributions to earth science education and community conservation efforts.

Ed has had a long and fruitful career in the Rocky Mountains, working for various companies and on his own since 1982. He was one of the principals in the development of Jonah Field, which enabled him to retire in 1999. Ed has been a member of RMAG since 1976.

Success gave Ed the opportunity to become involved in activities and issues that are important to him. He rejuvenated a program to teach Boy Scouts at Philmont Ranch about geology. He attends many sessions himself and has recruited other geologists to join him in teaching Boy Scouts about earth sciences.

Ed always felt grateful to Colorado State University for the education and caring that he received as an undergraduate. He credits CSU for not only teaching him about geology but also about science, learning and life. Ed received financial aid while attending CSU and wanted to share his good fortune with the school. In 2005, Ed presented a gift of $30 million to the school now known as the Warner School of Natural Resources. Besides the endowment, Ed shares his time and enthusiasm with the college, speaking at seminars, going on field trips with the students and discussing his experiences.

Ed’s endowment to the Warner School of Natural Resources includes funds to create an innovative, community-based conservation institute. The institute will concentrate on science-based education and research through “creation of public-private partnerships aimed at managing and sustaining natural resources while enhancing economic and social well being.”

Ed has also become involved with the Sand County Foundation, a private environmental group. The Sand County Foundation involves communities in conservation efforts and helps them to realize direct benefits to the community from conservation efforts. As a director, Ed has made numerous trips throughout the US and Africa to help further the Sand County efforts.

Ed Warner has used his success as a geologist to teach young people and to improve our community. RMAG is pleased to recognize his contributions through its Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award.