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SAN FRANCISCO BAY NWRC: Carmen Minch Earns Regional Honor for Outstanding Contribution to Connect People With Nature
Region 8, June 24, 2008
Karla Tanner, San Francisco Bay NWRC:
Outdoor Recreation Planner Carmen Minch of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Fremont, California, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to furthering the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the category of “Connecting People with Nature: Ensuring the Future of Conservation”   during a California and Nevada Region awards ceremony June 24, 2008, in Monterey, Calif.

Long before the idea of Connecting People with Nature gained the attention it enjoys today, Carmen was promoting innovative refuge-based events and activities which facilitated opportunities for people to connect to nature and develop life-long outdoor recreational pursuits such as fishing, hiking, wildlife observation and wildlife photography. 

In 2007, Carmen was asked to serve as regional representative to the national U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Children and Nature Working Group.  She embraced the new assignment enthusiastically and provided the unique and very practical perspective of a field station Outdoor Recreation Planner to the group.  Carmen has continued in her key role as the Region’s Connecting People with Nature Representative and is currently an active member of the Region’s Connecting People with Nature Team. 

Carmen continues to demonstrate creative new ways to implement the Program on refuges. While her actions embody the philosophy that it is by helping people develop positive attitudes and behaviors toward the environment that we encourage their life-long interest in enjoying and conserving nature, it is her attitude and actions which demonstrate the concept “Help each other, do the right thing, and have fun doing it.” 

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