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Friday, September 16, 2016

RMEF Volunteer Honored in Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently honored Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteer Rodger Wallace with its Volunteer of the Award for Region 5, for his dedication, passion and hard work in assembling RMEF volunteers to conduct habitat work. The write-up used at the presentation is below.

WDFW Asst. Wildlife Manager Anna Sample, Ramona & Rodger Wallace, and WDFW Wildlife Area Manager
Daren Hauswald (left to right)

Volunteer of the Year - Rodger Wallace

Rodger has been a very integral part in helping enhance fish and wildlife habitat on the Mt. St. Helens Wildlife Area. Over the last few years Rodger has coordinated volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the local Toutle Community to help plant trees, control noxious weeds, and build structures to protect trees and shrubs from being over-browsed by elk. Rodger never misses a chance to recruit additional volunteers, talking to everyone he meets on the Mudflow, going to community meetings, and getting the message out to all of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation members statewide to come help out. This year alone he has coordinated volunteers to work on the Mt. St. Helens Wildlife Area for 11 days, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of service, planting more than 10,000 trees and controlling noxious weeds on more than 150 acres. During these volunteer work parties, Rodger has organized campouts adjacent to the Wildlife Area, potlucks and the evening comradery. Rodger is also a very good cook and grills lunch every day during the work party events keeping everyone well fed.

Rodger does not limit himself to only helping out on the Mt. St. Helens Wildlife Area. He also helps coordinate work parties on the Asotin and Oak Creek Wildlife Areas, enhancing and protecting elk habitat across the state. Rodger and his wife Ramona, who is often by his side during the volunteer events, are life members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and serve on the State Resource Committee for the organization. They also help out at many of the Elk Foundation fundraising banquets on the west side of the state, spending several weekends in a row on the road helping to raise money to protect wildlife habitat in Washington and across the country. Much of the money raised at these events comes to WDFW through grants funded by the Elk Foundation to improve elk habitat.

Rodger we want to thank you for your countless hours of hard work and dedication in helping to enhance and protect natural resources across the state. Once again thank you for your stewardship and a job well done.

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