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Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation is please to announce recipients of the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Awards. These non-monetary awards will be granted on February 25, 2015 in conjunction with an Invasive Species Fair at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington, DC. The coveted awards recognize what people and organizations have done raise awareness of the serious conservation issues posed by invasive species. The NISAW Awards Program features three award categories each with an aquatic and terrestrial component. 

This year’s award winners are:

Lifetime Achievement/ Aquatic Award
Al Cofrancesco, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, MS
Robert McMahon, University of Texas at Arlington, TX  

Lifetime /Terrestrial Award
Gordon Brown, retired National Invasive Species Council, DC

Leadership / Aquatic Award
Steve Kendrot, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services, MD

Leadership/ Terrestrial Award
Cathy Lucero, Clallam County Noxious Weed Control Board, WA

Outreach/Aquatic Award
Bob Wiltshire, Invasive Species Action Network, WI

Outreach/Terrestrial Award
Christy Martin, Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, HI

Volunteer/ Aquatic Award
The Volunteers, NH LAKES Lake Host Program, NH

Volunteer/Terrestrial Award
Mark Imlay, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, MD

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, the National Invasive Species Council, and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds have made these awards since 2011.  To learn more, visit www.nisaw.org


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“TRAP AND TRUCKING” SALMON – RESTORING A HISTORIC NATIVE FISH

Bill and Nick are fisheries biologists working to restore
Atlantic salmon to their native habitats in the
Lake Champlain Basin. Photo credit: USFWS
Bill and Nick are fisheries biologists working to restore Atlantic salmon to their native habitats in the Lake Champlain Basin. Photo credit: USFWS

Vermont anglers have been waiting nearly 100 years for a chance to catch “the big one” – salmon that is! And it’s all thanks to the coordinated efforts of state, federal and non -government agencies working to restore landlocked Atlantic salmon to its historical habitat in the Winooski River and beyond.

Natural populations of landlocked Atlantic salmon disappeared from Lake Champlain nearly 100 years ago. The combination of dams blocking access to habitat, over-fishing and pollution was too great for this native species of fish to survive.

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Fun and Games for La Crosse area Girl Scout Cadets

Girl Scouts being presented the Silver Award at La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, WI.(left) Trying out one of the new activities created by the La Crosse area Girl Scouts. (right)

Girl Scouts being presented the Silver Award at La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, WI.

The prestigious Silver Award was recently presented to Girl Scout Cadets during a ceremony at the La Crosse Fisheries Resource Center, WI. Scouts dedicated over 150 hours of research and design to create interactive educational activities and games for use in the visitor center located at La Crosse Fish Health Center.

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Last updated: February 25, 2015