2012 Realty Awards
Two Individuals, TPL Receive 2012 Realty Awards
Rudolph Dieffenbach Award
Land Legacy Award
Jon Dyasuk of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge received the Land Legacy Award for significant contributions to the Service’s operations and mission. The award is presented annually to a Service employee or volunteer who does not work in the Realty function.
Dyasuk has been a Service interpreter since 1987. He has provided invaluable support to Alaska Region realty specialists by acting as a bridge between the Service and Native Alaska Yupik landowners, most of whom are elders and do not speak English. His contacts with the landowners and skills as a Yupik interpreter along with his understanding of Native Alaskan culture and sensitivities are primary reasons for the success of the region’s acquisition program on the Togiak Refuge. He has contributed to the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres within Togiak Refuge, including designated Wilderness.
National Land Protection Award
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) has helped conserve more than 300,000 acres within the Refuge System and in every part of the country. The acquisitions have a market value of over $220 million. Most recently, TPL has helped the Service conserve more than 3,000 acres at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, NM; Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which spans four states in the Connecticut River watershed, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, NH, and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ, among others.
TPL has long been a partner of the Refuge System. Their mission – conserving land for people – corresponds well with that of the Fish and Wildlife Service. They have helped the Service conserve land – both for people and wildlife – at well over 50 refuges. TPL strives to pass on cost savings to the Service, stretching federal conservation dollars. They are strong supporters of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as other tools that benefit Refuge System conservation, including maintaining the tax credit for conservation easement donations.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Division of Realty has presented these awards annually since 2001.