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Seney Refuge Manager Receives Legends Award

Posted on behalf of Rich Greenwood <rich_greenwood@smtp2.irm.r9.fws.gov> 


WASHINGTON -- Mike Tansy, manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's 95,000-acre Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula, was presented with the Legends Award by the American
Recreation Coalition in a ceremony here today, in recognition of
"vision, commitment and stewardship in expanding outdoor recreational
opportunities in America."
"We're very proud that Mike Tansy was selected for this very important 
recognition, and I know Mike will agree it reflects on the entire staff
of Seney National Wildlife Refuge," said Rick Coleman, chief of the
National Wildlife Refuge System.  "Mike and his staff have our gratitude
and appreciation for their development of high-quality visitor
Seney is one of more than 500 national wildlife refuges located 
throughout the United States and administered by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.  It has been in existence since 1935 and attracts more
than 120,000 visitors each year to hunt, fish and to view waterfowl,
more than 200 species of songbirds, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, osprey
and loons. The refuge's marshes, bogs and hardwood, spruce and pine
forests are also home to otter, black bear, porcupine and numerous small
mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
In the early 1990s, Seney adopted the slogan, "A Great Place to Watch 
Wildlife," which guided an intensive customer-based improvement effort
that has included construction of three new wildlife observation
platforms, a fishing platform and two exhibits, wildlife observation
bicycling routes, installation of a visitor information radio broadcast,
development of a hiking trail, new information kiosks and cross-country
ski trails, among other projects.
Taking advantage of a corps of trained volunteers, Seney has increased 
environmental education efforts in area schools, an effort that has
grown by 3,500 hours.  In addition, a Children's Fishing Program last
year was attended by 633 people, while the first Winter Snowfest drew
250 people -- in the middle of the winter's worst blizzard.  The refuge
has also instituted a "roving interpreter" program, staffed by
volunteers, and a vigorous effort to record visitor opinion -- which has
been running 95 percent positive.
The presentation of the Legends Awards is part of the American
Recreation Coalition's five-day Great Outdoors Award Celebration,
designed to increase awareness and understanding of recreation issues. 
Since 1991, the ARC has used their yearly Washington meeting to
recognize individuals from the Service, the Bureau of Land Management,
USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation and
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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