Posted by the National Refuge Association

Within the heart of America’s national wildlife refuges lies a commitment to nature and conservation that is essential for the well-being of our communities. The National Wildlife Refuge Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Wildlife Refuge Awards, recognizing the exceptional contributions made to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed National Wildlife Refuge System.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of these prestigious awards, celebrating the heroes of our National Wildlife Refuge System, and leading up to the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s 50th anniversary next year.

We Are Thrilled To Announce The Following Recipients Of The 2024 Wildlife Refuge Awards:

David Lucas, Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex:
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds, and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuges, Colorado 
Paul Kroegel Award – Refuge Manager of the Year
Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois/Wisconsin
Molly Krival Award – Refuge Friends Group of the Year

Okefenokee Protection Alliance for their work at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia  Refuge Advocate of the Year
Wayne Selfridge, Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, Maine
Refuge Volunteer of the Year
Robert Luna, Engineering Equipment Operator, Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Washington Refuge Employee of the Year

These remarkable individuals and groups have demonstrated exceptional dedication and made significant contributions to the conservation and enhancement of America’s national wildlife refuges. Their invaluable efforts deserve our highest praise and recognition.

“The dedication and efforts of this year’s awardees highlight the enduring legacy and promising future of our national wildlife refuges,” said Geoffrey L. Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “Their dedication and passion ensure that these vital natural habitats will be conserved for generations to come. Especially in this election year, it is essential to remember that national wildlife refuges are a bipartisan priority. We can all agree that healthy wildlife populations and thriving landscapes are fundamental to the beauty and vitality of America.”

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