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December 9, 2010

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Bill McCoy Recognized as Land Steward of the Year

 
Patoka River NWR Manager Bill McCoy awarded the Hoosier Environmental Council Land Steward of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of HEC
Patoka River NWR Manager Bill McCoy awarded the Hoosier Environmental Council Land Steward of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of HEC

The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) recognized Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bill McCoy as their Land Steward of the Year during its Third Annual Green Policy Forum Nov. 6, 2010 in Indianapolis, Ind.

McCoy has served as manager of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area (Patoka River NWRMA) since its establishment in 1994 and is recognized by HEC for his efforts in land acquisition and outreach.

USFWS Area 3 Refuge Supervisor Matt Sprenger commented that, “Bill provides a working example of how effective partnerships can work together in support of conservation” and he praised McCoy for his “tireless efforts in bringing together non-profit organizations, state agencies and private corporations to improve southwest Indiana’s fish and wildlife habitat.”

“Bill’s passionate outreach on the refuge’s behalf has converted skeptics and engaged refuge neighbors in its protection,” said HEC Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda.  “His public service goes well beyond what is expected.” 

Patoka River NWRMA is located in southwestern Indiana within the historically important north-south flyway of the Wabash River Basin. This river bottoms refuge is strategically located to provide important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and neotropical songbirds.

To learn more about The Hoosier Environmental Council visit: http://www.hecweb.org/

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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