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Minnesota DNR Praised by USFWS for Invasive Species Efforts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANS Task Force) recently recognized the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) for their leadership in the fight against aquatic invasive species. On behalf of the ANS Task Force, USFWS Midwest Regional Deputy Director Charlie Wooley, presented the award to MNDNR Commissioner Mark Holsten on Dec. 2, 2010 at the MNDNR Central Offices in St. Paul, Minn.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the statewide leadership that the MNDNR has shown through their step-down planning and implementation of the national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign in Minnesota.

Jay Rendall, MNDNR Invasive Species Prevention Coordinator, was part of the ANS Task Force committee that first created the national Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and has continued his leadership with the campaign through effective step-down action plans at the state level.

“Minnesota has set the standard for state implementation of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!  campaign,” said Joe Starinchak, Outreach Coordinator for the USFWS Branch of Invasive Species and the ANS Task Force. “By supporting lake associations across the state through its innovative small grants program, and by using a carrot-and-stick approach that combines voluntary actions with regulatory tools, the MNDNR has created a template for the rest of the country,” notes Starinchak.

Bryan Arroyo, USFWS Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, concurred, “Minnesota has been a great state partner with the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign and they deserve to be recognized for their outstanding leadership.”

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Last updated: June 15, 2016