Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division recently presented five Outstanding Partnership Awards to recognize individuals and organizations outside the division or the department that have shown dedication and enthusiasm in helping to provide recreational fisheries and/or protection of Michigan’s fishery resources.
The awards were given during a banquet at the 2015 Fisheries Division-wide meeting held December 2 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. The recipients included:
- Roger Greil with Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Lab (ARL)
- Roger was recognized for his assistance via the ARL, which has reared Atlantic salmon for educational purposes and stocking since 1987. Since that time, the ARL has stocked almost 1 million yearling Atlantic salmon in the St. Marys River, creating a world-class fishery for that species and training many DNR Fisheries Division employees.
- Explore the Shores Initiative at the Alliance for Economic Success & Manistee County Community Foundation
- This agency was recognized for its development of the Explore the Shores Initiative, which has made Manistee County a premier destination for universal access to water resources. Since its inception in 2008, more than a dozen Explore the Shores sites have been built throughout the county, including fishing piers, guided paths, beach access and universal launch sites.
- Greg Potter with Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited
- Greg was recognized for his generous stewardship of the Kalamazoo River watershed. He also organizes the annual Michigan Trout Unlimited Trout Camp that teaches approximately 20 kids per year fishing techniques, fisheries management philosophy and conservation ethics. He also leads habitat improvement and stream improvement projects that have meant great things for the Kalamazoo River area.
- Pam Stevenson, assistant attorney general with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office
- Pam was recognized for her efforts to address legal issues affecting the Pigeon River following the operation error at the Golden Lotus Dam, which caused a large fish kill in June 2008.
The Department of Natural Resources Gaylord Repair Shop (GRS)
Staff at the GRS were recognized for their continuous assistance with repair and maintenance jobs needed by the DNR Fisheries Division. These employees have helped with countless jobs over the years, including helping to build two electrofishing boats, fabricating items, servicing engines, rebuilding water pumps, and repairing various other equipment.
The Fisheries Division-wide meeting occurs every other year and always includes an awards banquet where employees and critical partners are honored.