Conservation Leaders Honored with 2018 Refuge System Awards

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The 2018 recipients of the National Wildlife Refuge System Awards, sponsored by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, exemplify the outstanding conservation management skills and volunteer leadership found in the Refuge System.

The 2018 Awardees are:

  • Andy Loranger: The Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award
  • Vicki Touchstone: Refuge Employee of the Year Award
  • Claire Goad: Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge: The Molly Krival Friends Group of the Year Award

Read the press release announcing the recipients of the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Awards.

Andy Loranger: The Paul Kroegel Refuge Manager of the Year Award

Andy Loranger, Refuge Manager of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is proud to award Andy Loranger of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska with the 2018 Refuge Manager of the Year Award. He is a visionary, an innovator, and a trusted advisor to fellow conservation partners, community leaders, Alaska Natives, and his staff when it comes to conserving Alaska’s critically important landscape. Andy’s wisdom, work ethic, and modest can-do attitude make him an inspirational and respected leader among his peers. We are proud to announce Andy Loranger as our 2018 Paul Kroegel National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year.

Read more about Andy’s great work

Victoria “Vicki” Touchstone: Refuge Employee of the Year Award

Vicki Touchstone, Refuge Planner at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, California

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Victoria Touchstone as our 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Ms. Touchstone is a Refuge Planner for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex in southern California and has developed and implemented critical projects that have not only benefited wildlife populations but also created greater public access for the community. Ms. Touchstone’s level of achievement cannot be overstated – she is at the core of nearly everything the San Diego NWR Complex is able to accomplish. As the 2018 Refuge System Employee of the Year, we thank her for her commitment to getting the job done right, her extensive attention to detail, and promotion of community involvement. For these reasons, we are proud to present this award to the very deserving, Victoria Touchstone.

Read more about Vicki’s great work

Claire Goad: The Volunteer of the Year Award

Claire Goad, Volunteer at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, New York

Claire Goad, a volunteer at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in New York, is the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of volunteers in support of the operation and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Claire’s love of the Wertheim Refuge, and her dedication to the Refuge System nationwide is apparent to all those who have had the privilege of knowing her. Her contributions to the Refuge System over the last 50 years have left a legacy worthy of the conservation heroes who came before her, and a challenge to those generations yet to follow. We are proud to present this award to the very deserving, Claire Goad.

Read more about Claire’s great work

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge: The Molly Krival Friends Group of the Year Award

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin

The Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin have been announced as the 2018 Molly Krival National Wildlife Refuge System Friends Group of the Year. Named to honor the late Molly Krival, a pioneer in the Refuge Friends Group movement, the award recognizes outstanding contributions by a group of dedicated volunteers in Friends organizations who provide essential services to the Refuge System. The Friends of Necedah NWR embodies a strong positive influence within the refuge and the surrounding community. They support the refuge with whatever they might need out of love for the refuge, its staff, and wildlife that call it home. The Friends have worked tirelessly to help their refuge grow and prosper, and we are proud to present them with this esteemed award.

Read more about the Friends of Necedah

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