April 17, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough (360) 902-2408
Citizens recognized for contributions to wildlife
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Saturday will honor more than
20 citizens and organizations for restoring and preserving habitat, launching education
projects and taking other action to benefit wildlife.
The volunteers will be recognized by the commission at 1 p.m., April 19, in the
Longview Elks Lodge in Longview.
The commission will award Landowner of the Year awards to:
- Dave Billingsley, a Palisades area ranch owner, who has been involved for 28
years in habitat restoration benefitting mule deer and birds.
- Daniel A. Dupuis, a Clark County tree farm owner, who worked with
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff to restore fish
rearing habitat on Chelatchie Creek.
- John Hocking, of Mount Vernon, who was instrumental in the Bakerview Park
Creek and wetland habitat restoration project, including purchasing the site
and paying for most of the work.
Volunteer of the Year awards will be presented to:
- Joe Alongi, of Castle Rock, who assisted with sampling and transporting
steelhead and salmon in the Mount Saint Helens area.
- Hal Boynton, of Auburn, who helped develop, construct and test a mobile trap
designed to selectively harvest salmon and steelhead, worked on upper
Chehalis River steelhead restoration and participated in salmon policy issues.
- Fred March, of Cosmopolis, who spent more than 15 years hand-building
ponds and spawning channels for salmon and steelhead on the North River,
48 miles from Willapa Bay.
- Bill McKinnon, of Bellingham, who raised donations and organized
construction and operation of the Peat Bog Creek steelhead rearing pond on
the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County.
- Jim Owens, of Renton, who served as an advisor on the Inland Fish Policy
group and donated needed equipment to the WDFW as president of the
Washington State BASS Federation.
- Kate Slavens, of Seattle, who worked on western pond turtle recovery efforts
in Klickitat County, including camping outings to mark and radio-track turtles
and acting as on-site steward of WDFW lands purchased to protect turtle
- Donald and Chris Sutherland, a father and son from Toutle, who saved
25,000 juvenile steelhead by cleaning and maintaining a Toutle River trap
during February, 1996 floods.
- W. D. Wills, of Burlington, who led the Fidalgo Fly Fishers Club in
rehabilitation of Bob Smith Creek in Skagit County. The project involved
some 100 volunteers in constructing of new channels and settling ponds,
installing incubators and restoring channels.
The commission will present Educator of the Year awards to:
- Robert Brink, owner/operator of Pomeroy Living History Farm near Yacolt and
a family farm forester, who developed a curriculum to educate Clark County
students on forest ecology and timber management that is compatible with
fish and wildlife conservation.
- Dr. Marie Pickel, a North Mason School District Superintendent from Allyn,
who gathered community support and raised funds for creation of the Hood
Canal Theler Wetlands and Environmental Education Center.
- Tina Floyd and Eli Sterling, co-directors of Earthbound Productions in
Olympia, who produced a variety of community environmental education
projects including a "Procession of Species" celebration held during
Olympia's spring Artswalk.
- Karen Dvornich, of Seattle, who co-founded the Nature Mapping Program
along with the WDFW, developed data-collection guidelines for citizen
volunteers and built a cadre of 500 educators and citizen volunteers to collect
data for the project.
- Joyce Neufeld, Sue Vanderhyde and Serita Zimmerman, first grade teachers
at Clark Elementary School in Issaquah, who developed a marine
environment appreciation program.
Organization of the Year awards will be given to:
- The Trail Blazers, a Seattle-based group formed in 1933, which worked with
WDFW staff to enhance alpine lake fishing, including stocking 115 lakes and
promoting alpine habitat conservation.
- Lincoln Tree Farm, Future Farmers of America and Oakland Alternative
School in Tacoma which, under the director of Bruce Anderson, worked to
stabilize streambanks, plant more than 12,000 trees and shrubs, develop
ponds for wildlife use and complete other habitat work on WDFW and private
land damaged by 1996 flooding in the Dayton area.