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US Fish & Wildlife Service - Journal Entry
Wetland Award presented to DU biologist
Region 3, August 27, 2003
On August 27, David Brakhage, Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited, was presented a National Wetlands Conservation Award. David was selected as the Region 3 individual winner for his efforts in developing and administering North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants in Michigan. The award was presented by Jim Hudgins and Jim Hazelman, Michigan Private Lands Office, who have partnered with David and DU on four NAWCA Grants.

Since 1995, the Service and DU have included habitat restoration on private lands as one component of each NAWCA grant proposal. Working together with other public and private partners, DU and the Service have leveraged nearly $500,000 in NAWCA funds into more than $1 million for restoration of more than 4,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands.

Hudgins, speaking of Brakhage and Hazelman at the award presentation, noted, "David and Jim share a tremendous level of energy and enthusiasm to work with others to achieve on-the-ground results that benefit wildlife and the public. Together they exemplify what the NAWCA Program and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program stand for."

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov