The National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have honored three individuals and a Friends group with 2011 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards.
Volunteer of the Year Denis Mudderman has contributed almost 10,000 hours since 2005 to refuges in Minnesota and Texas.
Credit: Marty Cornell
Dave Mauser, a wildlife biologist at Klamath Basin Refuge Complex in Oregon and California, is Employee of the Year.
Credit: John Beckstrand/USFWS
Ken Litzenberger of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex received the Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award presented by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
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The annual awards recognize refuge conservation professionals, volunteers and Friends groups who exemplify outstanding dedication and passion for wildlife conservation in advancement
of the mission and purposes of the Refuge System.
Kenneth Litzenberger received the
Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award.
Litzenberger, project leader at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, was cited for his leadership and his creative approach to solving problems; for managing diverse and urgently threatened habitats to produce outstanding conservation results; and for deploying limited staff and critical resources at the most strategic places and times to accomplish mission critical work in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and thus sparing refuge lands many impacts suffered elsewhere.
Dave Mauser received the Employee of the Year Award. A wildlife biologist at Klamath Basin Refuge Complex in southern Oregon and northern California, Mauser spearheaded innovative approaches to wetlands conservation that created more than 10,000 acres of new wetlands.
His strategies helped convert 15,000 acres of conventional farmland to organic farmland and provide a model for successfully managing land for wildlife conservation while also benefiting rural agricultural economies, the groups said in announcing the award.
Denis Mudderman received the Volunteer of the Year Award for contributing almost 10,000 volunteer hours since 2005 at Tamarac Refuge in Minnesota and at Brazoria and San Bernard Refuges in Texas.
Mudderman has played an important role in designing, launching and maintaining the Friends of Tamaracs Web site and has brought a wide range of talents to all three refuges. At Texas MidCoast Refuge Complex, among other contributions, he facilitated the Discovery Environmental Education Program for elementary schoolchildren.
The Friends of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex on Florida’s Gulf Coast were honored for collaborating with partners on a multiyear effort to protect important West Indian manatee habitat at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: Courtesy of Friends of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex
The Friends of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex on Floridas Gulf Coast were recognized with the Friends Group of the Year Award. The group was honored for collaborating with local, state and national partners during a multiyear effort to protect the important West Indian manatee habitat at Three Sisters Springs as part of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.
The awards were presented at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services directors reception at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City on March 17.