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March 22, 2001
Contact: Dan Sobieck, External Affairs, 303-236-7905

TWO PONDS REFUGE EMPLOYEE DAVID JAMIEL NAMED NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have named Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge Ranger-In-Charge David Jamiel as the Refuge Employee of the Year. Jamiel was presented with the award during a ceremony held March 17 in Washington, D.C.

Jamiel established an environmental education program at Two Ponds NWR, a subunit of Denver’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR in Arvada, Colorado, hosting or coordinating some 6,000 visits by school and scout groups. Although the 72-acre Two Ponds refuge lacks buildings and administrative facilities, Jamiel recruited 69 volunteers--including 51 students--to provide environmental education and interpretation on the site.

Jamiel was presented his award during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Washington, D.C. The National Wildlife Refuge Association annually sponsors awards for the Refuge Manager of the Year, Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation joins the Refuge Association in sponsoring the Friends Group of the Year Award.

These awards are widely considered the most prestigious honors in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge System, which celebrated its 98th birthday on March 14, is the world’s largest system of lands and waters dedicated to wildlife conservation.

"All too often the outstanding work of the men and women, employees, and volunteers of the National Wildlife Refuge System is overlooked or taken for granted," said Refuge Association board member Bill Ashe. "They make the system function, and function well. In a small way, the awards embody and symbolize the significant accomplishments of all refuge workers."

"David has done an outstanding job developing educational programs at the Two Ponds refuge," said Service Regional Director Ralph Morgenweck. "I’m especially pleased that he’s done so much to introduce the Refuge System to young people in the Denver area. His recognition as national Employee of the Year is much deserved."

Fellow Mountain-Prairie Region employee Al Trout, who manages the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Utah, was presented with the Paul Kroegel Award in recognition of his selection as the national Refuge Manager of the Year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System

which encompasses more than 530 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.


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