Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Partnership Honored By Department of Interior
By Tina Shaw
The Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership was honored by Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes on October 18, 2012, as part of the Department of Interior’s 2012 Partners in Conservation Awards in Washington, D.C.
The Partners in Conservation Awards, established by Secretary Ken Salazar in 2009, recognizes partnerships that promote conservation of America’s treasured landscapes, preserve natural and cultural resources, bring innovative approaches to resource management, and that engage diverse entities and youth in accomplishing the Department’s mission. Over the past three years, Secretary Salazar has presented this prestigious Departmental honor to a number of organizations and individuals who have established the broadest and most inclusive efforts to honor our heritage, protect our resources and expand our understanding of the world around us.
The Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nominated the 26-member team that made up the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership. The nomination aimed at recognizing the group’s outstanding grassroots conservation initiative, which blended citizens together with a diverse mix of nonprofit and governmental organizations at the local, state and federal level. This group focused on one goal, to create a national wildlife refuge that complements existing conservation lands and provides significant grassland and wetland wildlife habitat – this is Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
The partnership effectively incorporated sound biological science with the need to reconnect people and nature, as well as the needs of declining grassland birds, and created a long-term vision for people and nature to coexist in a rapidly urbanizing area.
The Secretary’s 2012 Partners in Conservation Awards were presented in the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium at the Main Interior Building. The 2012 awards celebrated the conservation achievements of 17 outstanding partnerships involving more than 700 diverse organizations and individuals from across our nation.
The following organizations were recognized for their outstanding efforts:
Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Partnership, nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Global Explorers - Natural Sounds and Night Skies Partnership, nominated by the National Park Service.
Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, nominated by the National Park Service.
Southern Nevada Agency Partnership: Interagency Law Enforcement Team, nominated by the National Park Service.
The Glacier National Park Ice Patch Archeology and Paleoecology Project, nominated by the National Park Service.
Alaska Environmental Literacy Plan Working Group, nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Central Umpqua-Mid Klamath Oak Habitat Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area Partnership, nominated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Phoenix District Youth Initiative, nominated by the Bureau of Land Management.
Ute Learning Garden, nominated by the Bureau of Land Management.
Iditarod National Historic Trail Centennial Partnership, nominated by the Bureau of Land Management.
The Office of Surface Mining/Volunteers in Service to America Teams, nominated by the Office of Surface Mining.
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, nominated by the Office of Surface Mining.
Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe), nominated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Hart Mine Marsh Restoration Project, nominated by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study, nominated by the Assistant Secretary – Water and Science.
Border Security and Environmental Conservation Partnership, nominated by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Safety, Resource Protection, and Emergency Services.
These awardees and their projects exemplify the spirit of public-private partnerships. Such collaborations reflect the deep commitment of our partners and communities to our mission and allow us to more effectively and efficiently meet our conservation and preservation goals.