John Dubuisson, documents librarian at the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library, was awarded the 2018 National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Natural Resources Conservation Management Communication Award for Promoting Public Awareness on Department of Defense Lands during the association’s conference March 28 in Norfolk, Va.

“This award is intended to recognize those who promote public awareness of the military role in conserving the nation’s natural resource legacy,” said Richard Lance, NMFWA Awards Committee chair. “The Army has proven to be key players in our national efforts to manage and conserve natural resources … People like John Dubuisson not only help us do our critical job but make that job more enjoyable.

Dubuisson was nominated for the award by Neil Bass, natural resources specialist with the Fort Leavenworth Department of Public Works.

“John has been very helpful and instrumental in getting natural resource projects completed and enhanced at no cost to the government,” Bass said.

Specifically, this included donating 480 volunteer hours toward a four-month creel survey conducted at Smith Lake, Bass said.

The creel survey was conducted from May to August 2016 and served as an internship for Dubuisson’s online class “Fisheries and Wildlife 410” at Oregon State University toward his bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences. He will finish the degree in September and will continue for a graduate certificate in wildlife management in the fall.

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