ISGS director recognized for national efforts to improve geologic mapping

Richard Berg recognized for national efforts for improved geologic mapping

ISGS Director Richard Berg received an American Association of State Geologists (AASG) Presidential Award during the group's annual meeting June 11-14 in Branson, Missouri.

The award is made at the discretion of the AASG president to recognize extraordinary service during the previous year to meeting the organization's objectives.

AASG President David Spears said Berg was recognized for taking a leading role in three important AASG initiatives.

* Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in helping to draft the 10-Year Strategic Plan for the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. "His contributions greatly improved the early drafts and helped align USGS plans with AASG priorities," said Spears, who is also the Virginia State Geologist.

* Leading the effort to reauthorize the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992, which expires in 2018, and seek support for increased funding. This program is the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the U.S. and provides geologic maps in support of economic development, national security, and resource management.

* Working closely with the USGS on a new initiative to generate additional federal funding for topographic, geophysical, and geologic mapping. "This effort will advance our nation’s position in critical minerals, infrastructure, and groundwater protection," Spears said.

Early in his career, Berg, along with H. Allen Wehnnann, and John M. Shafer received another of AASG's major awards, John C. Frye Memorial Award for the year's top environmental geology publication. The winning paper dealt with geological and hydrological factors for siting hazardous or low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. The John C. Frye Memorial Award was named for one of Berg's predecessors as ISGS director, who established the concept of 'environmental geology."