BY DOUG ALOISI, GENOA NFH
Genoa NFH Project Leader Doug Aloisi with Volunteer of the Year Lloyd Lorenz and Conservation Steward Awardee Brigid Raiman. Credit: USFWS
The three La Crosse Wisconsin (WI) area U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Fisheries offices held their Annual Volunteer and Friends Appreciation Banquet, at the Boot Hill Restaurant’s conference room in La Crosse, WI. The FWS offices are comprised of the La Crosse Fish Health Center, the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the Genoa National Fish Hatchery.
There was a great turnout on hand, with over 50 of our combined volunteers, friends and their spouses attending. During calendar year 2013, at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery alone, over 1091 volunteer hours were logged on high priority programs such as freshwater mussel and lake sturgeon restoration, coaster brook trout marking and environmental education programs such as the outdoor classroom.
A few special awards were handed out for calendar year 2013, with Lloyd Lorenz receiving our Volunteer of the Year Award. Lloyd has logged over 464 volunteer hours in the last three years and is one of the hatchery’s most dedicated volunteers. Two special awards were also presented during the evening. Brigid Reimann was presented with the hatchery’s annual Conservation Steward Award. This award is generally given out to a local area educator who has excelled in instilling a conservation ethic in the upcoming generation. Brigid has been instrumental in getting the hatchery’s Sturgeon in a Classroom program instituted in Merrill (WI) High School. She also led development of a small scale aquaculture system using surplus hatchery tanks and station culture expertise to begin teaching aquaculture skills to the Merrill Agricultural Program. In addition, Ken Visger, longtime Friend Board of Directors member was presented with a Meritorious Service Award for his energy to form and lead our La Crosse area Fisheries Friends Group for the last decade. The three La Crosse area FWS Fisheries offices look forward to Calendar Year 2014’s volunteer programs and working alongside these dedicated people that care for and serve to protect our natural resources.