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April 14, 2003
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Columbia Basin farmer recognized for wildlife work

MOSES LAKE -- A Columbia Basin farmer was recognized for his work to provide wildlife habitat by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its meeting here this weekend.

Dale Gies of Moses Lake received an award of merit from commission chair Will Roehl and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) director Jeff Koenings. In addition to farming, Gies is a board member of the Moses Lake Conservation District and president of the Columbia Basin chapter of Pheasants Forever.

"Dale is a very progressive farmer who applies innovative conservation practices to benefit wildlife," Koenings said. "He dedicates portions of his land to plantings to promote wild bird nesting and feeding and he regularly hosts tours of his efforts to help spread the word about the importance of providing, enhancing and protecting habitat."

Koenings noted that since the vast majority of land in eastern Washington is privately owned and in agriculture, the future of wildlife is in the hands of private landowners and volunteers like Gies.

"The commission and the department and the whole state wildlife family present this award of merit to Dale Gies to thank him for his years of dedication and partnership in promoting sound stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat," Koenings said.