Mentoring the Next Generation of Firefighters
The Midwest Region Torch Award has been passed on to another well-respected individual in the wildland fire profession. Morris Wetland Management District Range Technician Phil Millette was recognized as the recipient of this year’s Torch Award in mid-February.
The Torch Award recognizes staff dedication to the conservation of wildlife habitat utilizing safe hazard fuel and prescribed fire reduction techniques. Millette follows in the footsteps of past honorees: Dave Jones of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Chris Mursu of Sherburne Refuge, Mike Belsky of Necedah Refuge, Erik Acker of Port Louisa Refuge, Ben Halverson of Leopold Wetland Management District and Eric Nelson of Agassiz Refuge. By Tina Shaw, External Affairs
Youth Fishing Event at Upper Mississippi
Ice fishing on a Mississippi River backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on a sunny February day is awesome! Winona District staff and 25 volunteers welcomed 35 youth for the annual Youth Ice Fishing event that is cosponsored by the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters.