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September 04, 2002
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

WDFW director, tribal leader to share leadership award

OLYMPIA– Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Jeff Koenings and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Chairman Billy Frank, Jr., will be jointly honored Friday with the Seventh Generation Legacy Award during the Salmon Homecoming Celebration in Seattle.

The award recognizes cooperative natural resource management by the two directors and their organizations. It is bestowed annually during the celebration to an individual, government entity or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of positive relations between Indian and non-Indian communities.

"I am honored to share with tribal co-managers this recognition of our joint efforts to maintain the Northwest quality of life through stewardship and protection of our environment and salmon resources," Koenings said.

Koenings, who holds a doctorate in natural resource management from the University of Michigan, became WDFW director in 1999 after a lengthy career in fisheries management with the state of Alaska.

Last year's award recipients, Terry Williams of the Tulalip Tribe and King County Councilman Larry Phillips, will present the award in a 7p.m. celebration at Pier 62/63 on the Seattle waterfront.

This year's 10th annual Salmon Homecoming runs from Sept. 5 through 8, featuring traditional cultural and educational programs and ceremonies. Its theme is "Under One Sky," in reference to the joint efforts of tribes and other communities in salmon protection.

More information on Salmon Homecoming events is available at http://www.salmonhomecoming.org on the Internet or by calling (206) 381-9063.

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