Two Fish and Wildlife Service employees, a volunteer and a Midwest nonprofit have been recognized by the National Wildlife Refuge Association for their outstanding work on behalf of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The awards will be formally presented in late May. The 2018 awardees are:
Andy Loranger, Manager of the Year, manager of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK. Loranger began his career with the Service as a seasonal employee some 30 years ago and has served in the Alaska Regional Office and the Washington, D.C. Headquarters as well as in the field.
Victoria (Vicki) Touchstone, Employee of the Year, a refuge planner who has been at the heart of San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex in southern California for 16 years.
Claire Goad, Volunteer of the Year, a volunteer at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, NY, since 1968. She was president of its nonprofit Friends organization for more than 17 years.
Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI, Friends Group of the Year, has some 300 international members who have logged well over 3,000 service hours since the Friends Group’s establishment in 1999.