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May 11, 2012

William Crenshaw Receives 2012 Canute Dalmasse Award

A state wildlife biologist widely known for his dedication to excellent scientific work and good service to the public has received this year’s2012 Canute Dalmasse Award for Environmental Excellence. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz presented the award in Montpelier on April 27th to William Crenshaw, a 38-year employee of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

“Bill has consistently served as a dedicated, steadfast public servant and a model employee for the rest of us,” said Markowitz. “He served as manager of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area refuge, waterfowl project leader, and land acquisition coordinator for Fish & Wildlife in which he worked on wetland conservation through the use of Vermont Duck Stamp Funds, the U.S.D.A. Wetland Reserve Program and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act funds.”

“Bill has been one of the most professional, productive, positive and dedicated employees in our Agency of Natural Resources,” added Markowitz. “His positive, can-do attitude can be infectious and typically leads to pragmatic solutions. In particular, Bill works very hard to bring groups of people with different positions toward common ground. His tendency is to search for common, acceptable solutions that benefit as many people as possible and to protect Vermont’s natural resources.”

Since joining the department in 1974, Bill Crenshaw has applied sound science in his work as a waterfowl biologist and in land acquisition planning. Among his roles, Crenshaw has served as the state’s representative to the Technical Committee of the Atlantic Flyway Council where he gained the respect of waterfowl biologists from Florida to Canada for his dedicated service. He also has served as chair of the Atlantic Flyway Council Technical Section, a demanding role restricted to only the most respected of regional waterfowl biologists.

While he is an excellent waterfowl biologist and scientist, Crenshaw knows the future of lasting wildlife conservation lies in conserving habitat needed by wildlife. In response, he guided the creation of the first wetland conservation plan for the Lake Champlain basin and helped oversee the implementation of that plan. He administered the Vermont Waterfowl Stamp Program and its associated wetland conservation activities which required a strong working partnership with groups such as Ducks Unlimited, town land trusts, The Nature Conservancy and The Vermont Land Trust as well as private land owners. More than 8,500 acres of wetlands and associated wildlife habitat have been conserved for future generations of Vermonters through his work on this project.

“All of us who have worked closely with Bill Crenshaw know he is a very deserving recipient of the 2012 Canute Dalmasse Award for Environmental Excellence, and it is a pleasure to present it to him,” concluded Secretary Markowitz.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: May 11, 2012 15:55:53