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DNR Employees Receive Awards Of Excellence
Updated March 31, 2015 10:13 AM
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(UNDATED) - The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife recently honored several employees with Awards of Excellence for 2014.

Awards went to Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area property manager Tony Carroll, LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area laborer Bob Gasior, Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program specialist Doug Nusbaum, and the team of employees involved in restoring West Boggs Lake in Loogootee.

Carroll, who started the year as assistant property manager, helped guide Winamac through the unexpected death of its secretary and the departure of the property manager. Carroll worked long hours and took on additional responsibilities to make sure Winamac ran smoothly. He was eventually promoted to property manager.

Gasior was the only full-time employee left at LaSalle after the property manager retired. Gasior ran the property until a new manager could be hired. Gasior then helped the new manager get up to speed.

Nusbaum is an erosion and sediment control expert known for his ability to build partnerships with conservation organizations outside DNR. In 2014, Nusbaum administered a construction project on Prairie Creek in Boone County, a logjam removal on Pigeon River in LaGrange County, sediment removal on Round Lake in Whitley County, and a stream bank stability project into in Lake County.

The team award went to 42 people involved in the West Boggs Lake project in Loogootee. They were led by fisheries biologist Dave Kittaka. Last fall, the lake was drawn down to about 10 percent of its normal volume so that biologists could renovate the lake's fishery. The lake had been invaded by gizzard shad, which had stunted bluegill growth and caused bass numbers to decline.



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