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VETERAN PROJECT LEADER WINS ORGANIZATION?S TOP AWARD
Mountain-Prairie Region, February 10, 2005
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The North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society recently honored long-time Service employee Fred Giese with its Professional Award. Giese, project leader at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Complex near Kenmare, has devoted nearly 30 years to the wildlife and natural resources of North Dakota. As project leader at Tewaukon NWR from 1987 to 1996, Giese was one of the first Service managers to preserve tallgrass prairie using a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant and the Service grassland easement program. He was instrumental in promoting the Centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2003, working with the N.D. Game and Fish Department to develop a special edition of the Outdoors magazine that highlighted refuges and wetland management districts in the state. Giese also crafted an innovative partnership with the Medora (N.D.)History Association and the director of the Medora musical that promoted the message of the NWRS to thousands of people. The award was presented to Giese on Feb. 10 during the organization's annual convention in Mandan. The Society's members are natural resource professionals dedicated to the wise use of the state's natural resources and to the improvement of public understanding and support of the scientific management of wildlife.

Contact Info: Kenneth Torkelson, 701-355-8528, kenneth_torkelson@fws.gov
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