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‘Rock’ Strong with 8,938 Volunteer Hours Benefiting Wildlife in Nevada — The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation


Don’t inform Rod Colvin to discover a interest. With the variety of hours he dedicates to Ash Meadows Nationwide Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Nevada, spare time is restricted, and he wouldn’t have it another method. Rod was not too long ago named the Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation’s 2022 Volunteer of the 12 months. He can be acknowledged for this honor on the 2022 Wildlife Refuge Awards dinner, which can happen on Wednesday, September 14, on the Mayflower Resort in Washington, DC at 6 p.m. Media is welcome to attend and canopy this system. 

“I’m humbled by Rod’s selflessness, his data and talents, his quiet can-do angle, and the instance he units for all of us,” stated Mike Bower, Refuge Supervisor at Ash Meadows NWR. “I don’t consider any of us can actually repay our debt of gratitude to Rod for every part he has accomplished for Ash Meadows NWR, however the Volunteer of the 12 months award appears the one actually becoming recognition.” 

A few of Rod’s accomplishments embrace:

  • As a part of supporting a number of Nationwide Wildlife Refuge System’s Stock & Monitoring Program initiatives, Rod labored with employees from the Water Sources Department to develop and refine weirs and lock bins for gear monitoring areas of concern to ensure particles doesn’t impede water measurements from distant gear.

  • Rod’s modern spirit helped to create efficient and environment friendly options to guard a uncommon native fish from predation. Rod took nice initiative to enhance present fish boundaries that had been failing to stop inexperienced sunfish invasion. Due to Rod’s assist, the inexperienced sunfish management undertaking has been an important success, with the objective of whole eradication getting nearer by the day.

  • On condition that residential volunteers are solely anticipated to work 24 hours per week, not a mean of 40 as Rod has accomplished, he has put within the equal of over seven years of volunteer service for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Area 8.


The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation is a non-profit solely centered on defending, selling, and enhancing the 850-million-acre Nationwide Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s largest community of lands and waters put aside for wildlife conservation.

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