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June 8, 2005
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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE’S MOUNTAIN-PRAIRIE REGION SELECTS FISHERIES PROJECT LEADER OF THE YEAR  

Denver, CO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that Bruce Rosenlund, with the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office in Lakewood, Colorado, was selected by his peers as Fisheries Project Leader of the Year for 2004 for the Mountain-Prairie Region. 

Rosenlund works with State partners, other Federal agencies, and the public to restore depleted fish and wildlife populations.  He has been instrumental in the continued development of fisheries management techniques to solve problems and refine methodologies pertaining to fish and wildlife management and species recovery.  Rosenlund has worked to reestablish populations of the greenback cutthroat trout, the State fish of Colorado.  Rosenlund received the Department of Defense (DOD) Conservationist of the Year award last year recognizing his work with management of fish and wildlife resources on DOD lands. 

“Bruce has been an inspiration to his employees and co-workers,” said Mike Stempel, Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries in the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region.  “His expertise and leadership has ensured success to restore depleted fish and wildlife populations.” 

The Mountain-Prairie Regional Fisheries Program initiated an award program in 2002 to recognize employees and their work to conserving fish and wildlife resources.  The winners are nominated and selected by their peers.  Past years’ award winners were Herb Bollig, Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota; Steve Brimm of the D. C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota; and Steve Krentz, Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office, North Dakota. 

                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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 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 and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. 

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