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NEVADA FWO: FWS Presents Award to Duckwater Shoshone Tribe

Region 8, July 27, 2011


Four members of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of Nevada were named Recovery Champions for 2010 by the Service earlier this year.

Ren Lohoefener, the Service’s Region 8 Director, presented the award during a meeting of the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) Executive Committee. Tribal Vice-Chairwoman Annette George-Harris received the award as part of a team responsible for restoring habitat for the threatened Railroad Valley springfish. George-Harris also accepted the award for tribal members Virginia Sanchez, Jerry Millett, and Lisa George-Millett. Ruby Sound accepted an award letter on behalf of the tribal council and the entire Duckwater Shoshone Tribe.

The Tribe restored the Railroad Valley springfish in the two thermal springs on the reservation, establishing self-sustaining populations of the tiny desert fish. The projects required removal of an irrigation infrastructure and aquaculture facility, reconstruction of a springhead and historical stream channel, and installation of a public education boardwalk for viewing the springfish in its natural habitat.

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov