It was a great day for all employees and supporters of the oil & gas industry, members of the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. and Friends of the KNWR, as head officials of the government agencies that manage America's Wildlife Refuges singled out these groups for their efforts on behalf of wildlife conservation.
"This is truly a unique award and one which we are so honored to receive. Corporations get awards everyday, but I have tell you this one means an awful lot to our organization," said Roxanne Sinz, Unocal Public Affairs manager.
Roxanne Sinz, Unocal Public Affairs manager, and Kevin Tabler, Unocal manager, land & government affairs, with their U.S. Fish & Wildlife Stewardship award.
In presenting the award Dr. Rowan Gould, Regional Director for U.S. Fish & Wildlife said that Unocal as an oil & gas industry and their employees have demonstrated extraordinary stewardship and conservation in going beyond regulatory compliance in their Refuge operations. "We are part of the community, many of our employees live here on the Kenai Peninsula so it's very important for us to go above and beyond the call of duty. We like to give back to the community in a safe manner and all our people have helped us reach that goal in our lives," added Sinz.
Marathon Oil Company has also operated within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for many years and was chosen selected to receive the other Director's Corporate Wildlife Stewardship Award by Dr. Gould. "We believe that you can have a healthy environment and a healthy industry at the same time, both can co-exist and you just need to make the effort to do what needs to be done, and that is part of our corporate responsibility from the top down and it is something that Marathon expects its employees to do. We look at working with the Refuge personnel as a team effort and I'm really excited that we have been recognized with this award because it's for every employee that has worked on the Refuge, it's all our award," commented Donna Stevison, Health Environment & Safety manager for Marathon.
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary, Gale Norton, presents Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. chairman Rick Bucy with a Conservation Service Award.
Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton presented her department's highest award for conservation service to the Kenai River Sportfishing Association for their efforts in habitat rehabilitation on the Kenai River. Rick Bucy, KRSA chairman, and Brett Huber, KRSA executive director received the award from the Secretary and expressed appreciation for the community effort that has become the Kenai River Classic. Also singled out for special recognition at the centennial celebration of the Refuge system in America was Tammi Bond, and Maria Sweppy of the Friends of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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