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Stacie Minson wins KWF Water Conservationist Award

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The Kansas Wildlife Federation proudly announces winners of the 2008 Conservation Achievement Program Awards. KWF recently honored 14 recipients at a reception and banquet in their honor in Manhattan on March 7.

For 30 years, the Federation has recognized Kansans who have devoted exceptional efforts for wildlife conservation in the state. Kansas citizens, who wished to recognize the awardees for their contributions, supplied the nominations.

Typically, about a dozen awards are given in categories such as youth, land, water, forest, education, farming and ranching. For 2008, 13 awards were given, along with a special award, the President's, for meritorious service to the KWF.

These are the most prestigious wildlife-related awards given in Kansas and are patterned after similar awards in most other states through respective state affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation. Dave Hilley of rural Kingman County won the overall award, Conservationist of the Year. Award sponsors for these awards included Westar, Inc., Kansas Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and the Jim Ruder family of WaKeeney.

The 2008 Water Conservationist Award was presented to Stacie Minson of WaKeeney. Stacie serves as the watershed specialist for the WRAPS program for the Smoky Hill, Big Creek, and Kanopolis Lake. While incredibly energetic and active in many areas, Stacie is being recognized for her initiative with the Loder Point Wetland project at Kanopolis Lake. She was the communication link and liaison for a variety of government agencies that successfully cooperated together to leverage resources and knowledge. Stacie served as a common bond to all the agencies. This project would have never been completed without that crucial effort.

Stacie leveraged resources and individuals to cooperate through an entourage of presentations, letters, media and discussions with political constituents. Through a variety of grants she submitted, she leveraged $30,000 for the project through a variety of government and private applications.

Through her work, she has been involved in a number of education programs she organized for children and adults. Stacie has an uncanny ability to organize programs and envelope all the agency and individual aspects of stewardship and conservation in one setting. For anybody that has worked with her, it is obvious that she is goal driven, full of charisma and a confident cheerleader for conservation in central and north central Kansas. Her most impressive virtue in her conservation work is her proactive and optimistic attitude.

For her many efforts this past year, but particularly regarding her work with water projects including the Loder Point Wetland Project, Stacie Minson is recognized as the Kansas Wildlife Federation's Water Conservationist of the Year for 2008.



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