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SAN LUIS NWRC: Heavy Equipment Training at the San Luis NWRC Yields Ninety-two Certificates
California-Nevada Offices , February 7, 2014
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Heavy equipment instructors for the January 2014 session: (lt to rt) Aaron Eaton, Sonny Bono NWRC; Jim Docktor, Desert NWRC; Kyle Whiteaker, San Luis NWRC; Tony Arendt, Sacramento NWRC; Wade Flournoy, Sacramento NWRC; Bruce Hall, Stone Lakes NWR; Shawn Murphy, San Luis NWRC.
Heavy equipment instructors for the January 2014 session: (lt to rt) Aaron Eaton, Sonny Bono NWRC; Jim Docktor, Desert NWRC; Kyle Whiteaker, San Luis NWRC; Tony Arendt, Sacramento NWRC; Wade Flournoy, Sacramento NWRC; Bruce Hall, Stone Lakes NWR; Shawn Murphy, San Luis NWRC. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Jack Sparks

In January 2014, the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex hosted a week-long Heavy Equipment and ATV training for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region employees and several California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees. “This training provided participants with familiarity on operation of the equipment and most importantly, how to operate equipment safely,” said Shawn Murphy, the Assistant Fire Management Officer of the San Luis NWRC and Acting R8 Heavy Equipment Coordinator.

Instructors were from the San Luis NWRC, Sacramento NWRC, Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWRC, Desert NWRC, and Stone Lakes NWR. Students were trained and certified on various types of equipment, including agricultural tractors, excavators, dozers, backhoes, skid steers, forklifts, graders, 4-wheel loaders, ATVS, and UTVs. At the end of the training, 34 students received 92 certificates for operating heavy equipment. Graduates will apply their new skills back at their home stations to manage habitat for the benefit of wildlife and maintain/construct infrastructure for public use facilities.

Jack Sparks is an Outdoor Recreation Planner at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Los Banos, California.


Contact Info: Jack Sparks, 209-826-3508, jack_sparks@fws.gov



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