April 21, 2010
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Employees among Civil Servant Honorees
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees Dan Dearborn and Jeff Gosse are among federal employees selected as Civil Servants of the Year in Minnesota by the Federal Executive Board.
Dearborn serves as the Service’s Midwest Region zone fire management officer, and Gosse is the region’s energy coordinator.
Dearborn was nominated for his work during the record-setting floods in 2009 on the Red River. When the Service was asked by emergency management officials for experienced airboat operators and crews to evacuate people and protect property in Fargo, Dearborn, who has extensive incident command experience in prescribed and wildfire suppression, assumed incident command and directed the assembly and deployment of 22 experienced airboat operators, mechanics, and team leaders. For six weeks, airboat crews under Dearborn’s direction evacuated people and helped with relief and protection efforts.
As Region 3’s regional energy coordinator, Jeff Gosse helped coordinate selection of projects to protect migratory bird habitat in four states as part of a $4 million conservation plan for a major natural gas pipeline project. Gosse developed a $1 million, multi-year proposal under the Administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to identify important migratory bird areas in the Great Lakes to facilitate environmentally sensitive siting of wind projects. Gosse contributed to a national effort to develop wind project guidelines being developed by a Federal Advisory Committee administered by the Service.
“The contributions made by Dan and Jeff in 2009 reflect the dedication, creativity and skill that help the Fish and Wildlife Service meet our mission of conserving fish and wildlife for the benefit of the American people,” said Tom Melius, the Service’s Midwest Regional Director.
Civil Servants of the Year are awarded to federal employees who distinguish themselves by sustained, superior performance, special acts, community service or other noteworthy contributions. Dearborn and Gosse will be recognized with award winners from other agencies at a ceremony in May, and will be considered for recognition as one of FEB’s top five federal employees.
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