2014 National Fish Habitat Award Winners Honored

(Washington, DC) - The winners of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP)/American Fisheries Society (Habitat Section) Awards were honored for their extraordinary achievements at the Restore America’s Estuaries/Coastal Society Summit, in conjunction with the National Fish Habitat Board meeting on Wednesday, November 5th at the Gaylord Convention Center, just outside of Washington, DC. Tim Birdsong (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) (Guadalupe Bass Restoration Initiative) and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, were named as the recipients of the National Fish Habitat Award for Extraordinary Action in Support of Fish Habitat Conservation. This was the sixth year the National Fish Habitat Awards have been handed out, recognizing outstanding achievements in Fish Habitat Conservation.

DARE Coordinator, Hastings Earns National Award

Trout Unlimited’s Driftless Area Restoration Effort (DARE) and its project manager, Jeff Hastings, were honored Sept. 24 at the Wild Trout Symposium meeting in West Yellowstone, Montana. The Wild Trout Stewardship Award, presented every four years, honors “an outstanding fishery program that makes a strong contribution to the conservation or restoration of a coldwater fishery.”

Hastings, who spent more than 20 years as Vernon County conservationist before joining the TUDARE project in 2006, was recognized for his efforts to expand restoration resources and partnerships across the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.

New Partnership Video Features Conservation Efforts of Grape Creek, California

(Washington, DC) –Today, the National Fish Habitat Partnership released its second video in a series highlighting the work of their 19 Partnerships across the country. The second video in the series spotlights restoration efforts on Grape Creek, a tributary of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA through the California Fish Passage Forum. Grape Creek was named a National Fish Habitat Partnership “Water to Watch” in 2013 because of the importance of its natural habitat and fish species, which include steelhead trout and coho salmon.

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