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Visitor Center Named in Honor of Norm Dicks

Norm Dicks 512x365On the beautiful, sunny morning of June 6, the Refuge Visitor Center was officially named in honor of Retired Congressman Norm Dicks, whose efforts were of exceptional importance in the shaping of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. In additional to the guest of honor, the ceremony was attended by over 200 individuals.

The ceremony opened with tradition dance and song performed by the Nisqually Canoe Family. Speeches were made by Nisqually Tribal Council Chair Cynthia Iyall, Nisqually River Council Chair David Troutt, US Representative Derek Kilmer, US Representative Denny Heck, Senator Maria Cantwell, US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel. The character of each speaker and their appreciation was well expressed as they spoke personally of Norm Dicks’ remarkable accomplishments, the value of the Refuge and of the environment in general. A final speech was given by the guest of honor.

Norm Dicks grew up in Bremerton and spent time throughout his childhood fishing for salmon on the Sekiu, an upbringing that may have contributed to his eventual roll as major conservationist, particularly during the later part of his 36 year tenure in Congress. Using his position on the Appropriations Committee, he was able to secure funding for an array of projects that have proven invaluable for Puget Sound, including the removal of two dams on the Elwha River and the Restoration of the Nisqually River delta.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to celebrate the new Norm Dicks Visitor Center. A handsome bronze plaque left of the front doors and windows reads, “A champion for the Nisqually Delta, Congressman Norm Dicks has ensured a future for salmon, wildlife, and people for generations to come.” Perhaps the finest way for the public to celebrate his legacy is continued support and patronage at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. So come for a visit and see what’s new at the Norm Dicks Visitor Center!

Page Photo Credits — Guests at Norm Dicks naming ceremony, photo by Michael Schramm/USFWS
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014
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