Honored for Protecting Wetlands
WASHINGTON, DC, July 8, 2002 (ENS) - A Minnesota
farmer, an Illinois conservation organization and a Wisconsin
Native American tribe are among those selected by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to receive National Wetlands
Conservation Awards (NWCA).
The national NWCA individual award went to Peter Stent,
recognizing his involvement with the restoration of 1,379
acres of wetlands and three miles of riparian habitat
on private land in Menlo Park, California. The national
group winner was the Conservation Fund, represented by
Brad Meiklejohn, for restoring about 37,000 acres of coastal
wetlands, uplands and tundra in Eagle River, Alaska.
Daniel Rauenhorst, a rural Olivia farmer from Renville
County, Minnesota, was selected as the NWCA's national
runner-up in the individual category for his voluntary
efforts toward restoring drained wetlands and enhancing
grassland habitats in Renville and Kandiyohi counties.
Rauenhorst, nominated by the USFWS Litchfield Wetland
Management District, has restored about 245 acres of wetlands
on his properties. He has also restored, enhanced and
protected another 430 acres of associated grasslands.
The regional group winner for the Great Lakes-Big Rivers
Region was the Migratory Waterfowl Hunters, Inc., a private,
pro-hunting organization with a record of restoring and
protecting waterfowl habitats in Illinois. The group and
its member volunteers were recognized for enhancing and
protecting wetlands on the Two Rivers National Wildlife
Refuge, helping to protect an estimated 9,000 acres of
wetlands throughout the refuge.
The regional group runner-up was the Ho-Chunk Nation
from Wisconsin, which became involved with wetland conservation
through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program conducted
from the Wisconsin Private Lands Office and Necedah National
Wildlife Refuge, who have provided funds and technical
assistance to the tribe. During 2001, the Nation responded
to habitat conservation by restoring 75 acres of wetlands
and 185 acres of native grasslands on tribal lands in