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Mark Holey wins Distinguished Service Award

December 20, 2017

Regional Director Tom Melius and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley present Mark Holey with the Interior Distinguished Service Award. Photo by Tina Shaw, USFWS.
Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius (left) and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (right) present Mark Holey with the Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

On December 19, 2017, Mark Holey, project leader from the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Wisconsin, received the Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor an employee can receive within the Department of Interior. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding contribution to science, outstanding skill or ability in the performance of duty, outstanding contribution made during an eminent career in the Department, and exceptional contribution to the public service.

In their remarks at the award ceremony held at the Midwest Regional Office, Regional Director Tom Melius and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley recognized Holey’s tremendous contributions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service throughout his career. Holey began with the Service in 1992 when he started the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. For the past 25 years Holey has overseen the growth of the office from a one man outfit to a thriving field station that continues to play a pivotal role in Great Lakes fisheries restoration. Throughout his career Holey not only brought awareness to leadership and others about the restoration needs of the Great Lakes, but he also brought together key partnerships that made achievements like the return of lake trout and other iconic native fish species possible.

Holey is retiring at the end of this year, but he is leaving on a high note. In addition to taking home the Distinguished Service Award, he was this year’s recipient of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s Buzz Besadny Award. His office also participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Team for restoration work on the Grand River in Michigan. The national effort went on to win the 2017 People’s Choice Award and a Service to America Medal. Holey closed out the year by overseeing the completion of the R/V Stanford H. Smith, the newest vessel in the Service’s Great Lakes fleet.

Please join us in congratulating Holey on his Distinguished Service Award and wishing him all the best in his retirement.