WORLAND - Controlling Russian olive and tamarisk trees, working with school and youth groups, and securing more than $1 million of grants for a variety of private land conservation projects are among the citations earning Amy Anderson the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Outstanding Technician Award for 2011.
Anderson has been the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's habitat extension biologist in Worland since August 2007.
"Through her diligent work with private landowners, there have been over 6,500 acres mechanically or chemically treated for Russian olive and tamarisk in the Big Horn Basin," said Tori Dietz, Washakie County Conservation District director.
Dietz, who nominated Anderson for the award, added the Roberts, Mont., native's planning and coordination skills have made the removal of the exotic, moisture draining trees and the replanting of native cottonwood and willow possible. She has also played an important role in several successful riparian restoration projects in the Big Horn Basin.
Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from Montana State University. Prior to her position of working with landowners to improve wildlife habitat in the Big Horn Basin, she worked as a soil conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota and as a wildlife technician for both the Bureau of Land Management in Buffalo and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
"Amy is the complete package of education, experience, integrity, passion, and personality for the on-the-ground duties of an extension biologist in Wyoming," said Bill Gerhart, assistant supervisor of the Game and Fish's Terrestrial Habitat Program.
"Amy's enthusiasm for her profession is so contagious, everyone she comes in contact with wants to become involved," Dietz added.
Anderson was also honored as the "Conservation Partner of the Year" in 2009 by the Washakie County Conservation District and served with the Peace Corps in Uganda and Zambia from July 1998 to December 2004.
In addition to Worland, the Game and Fish also has extension habitat biologists stationed in Gillette and Douglas. These positions are cooperatively funded and supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and provide a crucial link between the Game and Fish, private landowners, and conservation districts.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht (307) 777-4532)