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Starkey Project receives national honor

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

The Starkey Project, one of the most comprehensive field research projects in the world, received the Boone and Crockett Club's inaugural Conservation and Stewardship Award, the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station announced today.

The project was honored during the 100th-Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, PNW Research Station Director Rob Mangold, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Assistant Director Ron Anglin, and Starkey Project Team Leader Michael Wisdom were among those in attendance to receive the award.

The award was given in recognition of decades of long-term research and applied science conducted at the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, located 28 miles southwest of La Grande, Ore. Launched in 1989, the project's applied research has explored the responses of deer and elk to management, grazing, and recreation and defined management strategies for these species across the Western United States. At the heart of the Starkey Project--which is a joint program conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Forest Service--is a fully enclosed 25,000-acre working landscape.

Founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, the Boone and Crockett Club supports wildlife conservation and management and promotes responsible, ethical, and sustainable use hunting. The club's Conservation and Stewardship Award will be conferred annually to an organization or person who embodies excellence in conservation and wildlife and land stewardship.

The Pacific Northwest Research Station--headquartered in Portland, Ore.--generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 300 employees. Learn more online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw.

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