Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

March 28, 2008

Contacts:  Heather Johnson 303-236-4316
                   Barb Perkins 303-236-4588



Nebraska Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Receives U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2007 Recovery Champion Award


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall has announced the sixteen recipients of the Service’s 2007 National Recovery Champion award. The Recovery Champion award recognizes outstanding contributions of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and their partners toward efforts aimed at recovering threatened and endangered species in the United States.


Kenny Dinan, State Coordinator, and Kirk Schroeder, Assistant State Coordinator, for the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Nebraska, have been recognized for their contributions toward habitat restoration along the central Platte River in Nebraska.  Their work has improved and increased habitat for the whooping crane, piping plover, and least tern – all species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Dinan and Schroeder have worked with landowners and other partners along the central Platte River to restore and enhance over 7,200 acres of upland and wetland acres, and 48 river miles.   Their long-term vision is to fully recover these threatened and endangered species and to maintain healthy populations of other migratory birds, fish, and wildlife species.


“The Recovery Champion award not only recognizes the exceptional conservation accomplishments of the honorees, it also provides the public with a unique opportunity to learn about endangered species conservation,” said Hall.  “These Recovery Champions are extraordinary conservationists dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation’s wildlife and ensuring that future generations of Americans enjoy the natural treasures we experience today.”


The 2007 Recovery Champion honorees’ contributions to the conservation of our natural heritage benefit a broad range of endangered and threatened plants and animals.  From whooping cranes to pallid sturgeons, Service employees and their partners have been working to recover our nation’s most imperiled wildlife.  Habitat protection, public awareness campaigns, and the development of cutting-edge technology to achieve captive breeding success are just a few examples of this year’s Recovery Champion honorees’ efforts.


For additional information please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Champion website at:


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit