March 5, 2018
Awardees for the 2017 Excellence in Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award
The attached memos announce the selection of the awardees for the 2017 Excellence in
Partnership Award and the National Volunteer Award. The National Excellence in Partnerships
and National Volunteer awards are co-sponsored by the Corps Foundation. They will be
presented to each of the recipients in late spring or early summer of 2018.
Excellence in Partnerships Award: The
Friends of Recreation and Environmental Stewardship (FOREST) Council, Mark Twain Lake
(MVS), has been selected as the USACE recipient of the 2017 National Excellence in
Partnerships Award for their efforts in supporting the environmental stewardship and
recreation missions at Mark Twain Lake. The FOREST Council has developed facilities that are
a desired educational resource for regional schools, youth groups and wildlife management
organizations further enhancing the partnerships at Mark Twain Lake. The Council has assisted
in the development of the Northeast Missouri Environmental Stewardship Demonstration
Area, the Joanna Trail restrooms, the Frank Russell Pond Pavilion, the Frank Russell Equestrian
and Outdoor Adventure Campground, the Frank Russell Pond Barrier Free Access and Fishing
Facilities, and the Mark Twain Archery Park.
National Volunteer Award: Will and Judy Carter (MVR) have been selected
as USACE recipients of the 2017 National Volunteer Award for 12 years of dedication to the
natural resource program at Saylorville Lake. Together, they have donated over 9,250 hours of
volunteer service. Mr. and Mrs. Carter's efforts in prairie and pollinator habitat enhancement,
tree planting, and public education have been instrumental to the enhancement of habitats,
improving the visitor experience, and strengthening public outreach at Saylorville Lake.
Thanks for the incredible things our partners and volunteers continue to do for this Nation
each and every day!
Scott Strotman Acting Chief,
Natural Resources Management Branch
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