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”The Silver Eagle Award is the most prestigious external award given by the Midwest Region.  It recognizes individuals outside of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who have made exceptional contributions to environmental and natural resource issues.  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)
The Silver Eagle Award is the most prestigious external award given by the Midwest Region. It recognizes individuals outside of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who have made exceptional contributions to environmental and natural resource issues. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

Service Recognizes Successful Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Partnership, Presents Prestigious Silver Eagle Award to Pheasants Forever’s Joe Duggan

By Larry Dean
External Affairs

On August 22, Regional Director Tom Melius presented the Silver Eagle Award to Joe Duggan, Pheasants Forever, and recognized staff involved in that partnership that have brought the success of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Grant and its resulting Waterfowl Production Area acquisitions.

"Partnerships are the bread and butter of successful organizations, and ours with Pheasants Forever is an outstanding example of that," said Melius.  "Pheasants Forever is a long-standing partner with the Service in our Midwest Region. Their willingness to act as our 'realty agent' using Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage dollars to acquire lands that will become Waterfowl Production Areas, has landed over $24 million in Minnesota, since 2009."

Pheasants Forever President/CEO Howard Vincent noted, "We have really come a long way in establishing what truly puts the Big P in the word partnerships, with the Service. We've grown from an operation in a basement in White Bear Lake, Minn., to a national, even international, organization together with common goals of conserving habitat and wildlife for the benefit and enjoyment of people."

Gold mugs were also handed out in recognition of a job well done. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)
Gold mugs were also handed out in recognition of a job well done. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

All of the lands acquired through the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage partnership are donated as Waterfowl Production Areas. The lands are open to public recreation, hunting, fishing, trapping, photography, bird watching, environmental education and interpretation and more.

The gathering also offered Service and Pheasants Forever representatives the chance to celebrate the "front-line staff" who make things happen, insuring the dollars get to the right spot on the ground where they are needed most. Pheasants Forever's Eran Sandquist, Joe Pavelko and Chad Bloom were recognized for their part in that, as were the entire Midwest Region's realty staff.

"Be they ring-necked pheasants, or native species like bobolink or blue-winged teal, Joe and all of our great partners at Pheasants Forever place the same high priorities we do on 'saving dirt'. That shared vision has solidified this relationship over 30 years and will sustain it into the future," Melius said.

"Thanks to Joe, Pheasants Forever's and our own staff for that continued dedication and great focus on conservation for the American people," he added.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region presented the Silver Eagle Award to Pheasants Forever Vice President-Corporate Relations and Marketing Joe Duggan for his and the organization’s efforts in making the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Grant partnership for Waterfowl Production Area acquisition a monumental success. Pictured (left to right) President and CEO of Pheasants Forever, Howard Vincent; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region Refuge Supervisor, Jim Leach; Joe Duggan, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region presented the Silver Eagle Award to Pheasants Forever Vice President-Corporate Relations and Marketing Joe Duggan for his and the organization’s efforts in making the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Grant partnership for Waterfowl Production Area acquisition a monumental success. Pictured (left to right) President and CEO of Pheasants Forever, Howard Vincent; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region Refuge Supervisor, Jim Leach; Joe Duggan, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

The success of the partnership is the result of  hard work and dedication of numerous Pheasants Forever and Service employees including the Refuges Midwest Regional Office staff, Midwest Region Realty staff, and Refuges Project Leaders. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

The success of the partnership is the result of hard work and dedication of numerous Pheasants Forever and Service employees including the Refuges Midwest Regional Office staff, Midwest Region Realty staff, and Refuges Project Leaders. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

Gold mugs were given to three Pheasants Forever field staff for their front-line work with landowners during the acquisition process.  Pictured (left to right) Eran Sandquist, Chad Bloom and Joe Pavelko. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

Gold mugs were given to three Pheasants Forever field staff for their front-line work with landowners during the acquisition process. Pictured (left to right) Eran Sandquist, Chad Bloom and Joe Pavelko. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Katie Steiger-Meister)

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Last updated: September 4, 2013