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Four Service Employees Recognized by Governor Schwarzenegger for Environmental Leadership

Region 8, December 5, 2006
Service awardees include, from left: Jane Hendron, Matt Brown, Mike Fris, Nancy Ferguson, and Eric Porter. (USFWS Photo)
Service awardees include, from left: Jane Hendron, Matt Brown, Mike Fris, Nancy Ferguson, and Eric Porter. (USFWS Photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Service employees from the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office and the Red Bluff Fish and Wildlife Office were selected as recipients of California's 2006 Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards. The Service employees and their partners received their awards at a formal ceremony on December 5 in Sacramento, California.


The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Program is the State of California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. This year’s program recognized 14 individuals, organizations, and businesses in five categories operating in California that demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership. The Service was recognized in two categories: Environmental and Economic Partnerships and Ecosystem and Watershed Stewardship.


As a winner in the Environmental and Economic Partnership category, Karen Goebel, Nancy Ferguson, Eric Porter, and Jane Hendron of the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, along with Vulcan Materials Company and the Riverside Land Conservancy, were recognized for their cooperative effort to establish the Colton Dunes Conservation Bank.  In the Ecosystem and Watershed category, Matt Brown of the Red Bluff Fish and Wildlife Office was recognized for his partnership efforts with the Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team.


“I am deeply honored, but not surprised that Service employees are being recognized for their environmental leadership" said Steve Thompson, Manager, California and Nevada Operations for the Fish and Wildlife Service. “I am proud of our employees' commitment to achieving on the ground conservation results".


The Colton Dunes Conservation Bank, established in July 2006, conserves 150 acres of habitat for the critically endangered Delhi Sands flower-loving fly and represents the most significant conservation measure taken for this species since it was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1993. The creation of the conservation bank provides an economically viable use of Vulcan's land while affording the surrounding communities an opportunity to more easily mitigate impacts to the species from proposed development.


The Lower Clear Creek Restoration Team along with Shasta County and the Bureau of Land Management. Team participants guided the recovery of naturally reproducing salmon and steelhead populations and restored riparian plant and animal communities on the Lower Clear Creek floodplain.


More information about the Colton Dunes Conservation Bank and the Lower Clear Creek Restoration project can be found at:



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.

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