Local leaders honored by Lake Superior Reserve

Contact: Erika Washburn, 715-919-2154, Erika.Washburn@uwex.edu

James Hurley, director of Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Terry White, Second District supervisor of Douglas County, were honored recently by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and its Reserve Advisory Board.

Both Hurley and White were recognized with outstanding achievement awards for their support of the Reserve by Director Erika Washburn.

“Jim was a primary driver in the Reserve nomination, site selection, and designation process,” Washburn said. “He was a major contributor to the mission and visioning process for the Reserve. He is a consummate collaborator, and advocated for the Reserve in both Washington D.C. and Madison.”

White has been a member of the RAB since 2015. In that short time, he has had major impacts on the remodeling process for the Reserve’s learning center on Barker’s Island and he has contributed to Reserve programming.

“Terry jumped right in,” Washburn said. “He pored over architectural blueprints from the contractor, brainstormed ideas for wind and solar power, spent hours renovating the building himself, and had a great idea to bring in Union carpenters to help as part of a training program.”

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR) is a research, monitoring, education and outreach program jointly operated by UW-Extension and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is based, in partnership, on the campus of UW-Superior. For more information, explore NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System.


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