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Wildlife Forever Honors Sea Grant's Doug Jensen

Prescribed Burn. Photo by Scott Samson, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Doug Jensen (left) receives achievement award for aquatic invasive species work.

Today, Minnesota Sea Grant's Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator Doug Jensen received the first-ever Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Achievement Award from Wildlife Forever.

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever, presented the award to Jensen at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, Minn., saying, "This person has left a lasting mark on invasive species prevention here in Minnesota and far beyond. His passion for outreach and education has been instrumental in creating policy, programs and partnerships throughout the country. His understanding of science and people has been invaluable in making Minnesota a leading state for aquatic invasive species prevention."

Jensen has been with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program for over 21 years. He is a native of Askov, Minn., and earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jensen is regarded for championing two national campaigns: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM and HabitattitudeTM. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! helps recreational boaters and anglers become part of the solution in curbing the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Habitattitude encourages aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners to prevent the release or escape of non-native pets and plants into the environment. These campaigns are currently being sustained by grants awarded to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Posted on October 21, 2014

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