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Transportation Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award

The Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award is awarded every three years to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees or offices that use partnership-based approaches to promote ecosystem sustainability while meeting the increasing transportation needs of the Nation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service accepts nominations from any person, including partners within the transportation planning community, such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), State Departments of Transportation, and local transportation organizations, as well as federal and state resource agencies, and non-governmental entities organizations, Federal and State resource agencies.

Nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges who evaluate the nominations and recommend award recipients to the Service. In recognizing the value of Federal, State, and local partners in guiding stewardship efforts, the judges are selected to represent the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, federal resource agencies, and include a local transportation organization representative. The Service's Assistant Director of Ecological Services will make the final award decision. The award winner is notified and invited to an award ceremony with their partners to receive recognition. divider

2013 Award Winner

Phillip DeGarmo of the Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office has been selected as the recipient of the Service’s 2013 Transportation Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award. Using a partnership-based approach, Phillip Degarmo and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Federal Highway Kentucky Division developed a programmatic approach to Endangered Species Act Section 7 compliance that integrates Indiana bat conservation into the transportation planning and project development processes. With the development of a Programmatic Biological Opinion as well as a Programmatic Conservation Memorandum of Agreement among partners, Mr. Phillip DeGarmo established a consistant and efficient environental review process that minimizes adverse impacts to the Indiana bat and contributes to the Kentucky Field Office’s statewide conservation and recovery goals for the species.

The 2013 award ceremony was held on September 11, 2013 at the KYTC/FHWA/ACEC-KY Partnering Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Photo of Phillip DeGarmo
Phillip DeGarmo
Photo credit: USFWS
Catherine Liller (USFWS), Phillip DeGarmo (USFWS), Anthony Goodman (FHWA), Lee Andrews (USFWS), Andrew Logsdon (KYTC), David Waldner (KYTC), and Steve Mills (FHWA)
Catherine Liller (USFWS), Phillip DeGarmo (USFWS), Anthony Goodman (FHWA), Lee Andrews (USFWS),  Andrew Logsdon (KYTC), David Waldner (KYTC), and Steve Mills (FHWA)
  Service Biologist Phillip DeGarmo and Field Supervisor Lee Andrews, Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office.
Service Biologist Phillip DeGarmo and Field Supervisor Lee Andrews, Kentucky Ecological Services Field Office.


Last updated: October 24, 2013
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