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SACRAMENTO NWR: Refuge Manager Kelly Moroney Awarded Turkey Federation’s Partner of the Year
Region 8, February 27, 2010
Refuge Manager Kelly Moroney. (photo: USFWS)
Refuge Manager Kelly Moroney. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Courtney Ashe, Sacramento NWR
Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Kelly Moroney was presented with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s California Partner of the Year Award  February 27, 2010, during the Chico, Calif., Chapter’s annual banquet,  The Federation's Regional Biologist Ryan Mathis said Moroney was selected for his enthusiasm and hard work towards the improvement of wild turkey habitat and hunting opportunities on the refuge, part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Federation also cited Moroney’s work enforcing turkey hunting regulations on the Refuge, as well as his continued support and partnership with the Federation’s Chico Chapter. 

Mike Carpenter, wildlife biologist for Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, and committee member for the Federation's Woodland Chapter, said the Federation is always seeking projects in which ‘locally raised dollars’ can be spent on projects that will benefit local members.  "Kelly's restoration projects on the refuge have provided these very benefits to the local public,” Carpenter said.

The Federation has partnered with the refuge on restoration projects since 2006.  That year, $19,000 was donated to complete 100 acres of native grassland restoration along the Sacramento River.  These grasslands are important habitat to turkey and other ground nesting species, providing both food and cover.  Their location adjacent to riparian habitat will benefit a number of other wildlife as well, including federally listed threatened and endangered species such as the Swainson’s Hawk, Elderberry Beetle, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

The Federation's most recent refuge project is the funding assistance for visitor services facilities at the Capay Unit, which includes a new parking lot and information kiosk.  The Capay Unit, located near Chico (population 90,000), will be opened during the spring 2010.  The 660-acre unit will offer wildlife viewing, trail exploration, and hunting opportunities.  The Capay Unit is important to the refuge's hunting program because it is one of only four units that offer access by vehicle and on foot . The remaining units are accessible only by boat.

The refuge will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 22, 2010 at the Capay Unit to celebrate the project and observce International Migratory Bird Day.  Prior to the ceremony, visitors will have a chance to explore the area with a refuge Park Ranger. To register for the event, contact the refuge at 530-934-2801.  

More information on the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge is available at:  http://www.fws.gov/sacramentovalleyrefuges .

 

 

Contact Info: Lora Haller, 530-934-2801, lora_haller@fws.gov