After 22 Years of Service La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Project Leader Pam Thiel Retires
By Katie Steiger-Meister
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
In a career spanning over 40 years, Pam Thiel dedicated her life to aquatic conservation. From her years working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, to over two decades spent working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pam became both a pioneer and trusted partner in the conservation of mussels and fish in the Mississippi River System.
Over the years Pam has received numerous awards, which are a testament to her dedication to excellence in her professional career. Pam’s leadership will be missed by her colleagues, but the Midwest Region wishes her well on her adventures in retirement!
Career Highlights Include:
1993 became Project Leader for what is now the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Formed important partnerships to protect native mussels from the invasive zebra mussel
Played an instrumental role in Genoa National Fish Hatchery receiving a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to build the "Clam Palace," Genoa NFH’s dedicated mussel propagation facility
Received a Recovery Champion Award from the Service in 2002
Received Conserving America’s Fisheries Award from the Service in 2003